Surf Air Mobility agrees $450m aircraft financing facility with Jetstream Aviation Capital
Surf Air Mobility (SAM) and Jetstream Aviation Capital have agreed principal terms of an arrangement to finance up to $450m through a customised operating lease and sale structure that will fund the growth of SAM’s turboprop fleet.
SAM will have access to this financing facility over the next six years for both new and used Cessna Caravan and Pilatus PC-12 aircraft. Although, the facility is subject to separate binding sale and purchase agreements for each aircraft and a separate binding lease agreement for each aircraft.
Sudhin Shahani, founder of SAM said: “We believe the customised aircraft leasing structure from Jetstream will provide us a capital efficient way to more rapidly expand our operations at the scale necessary for a future when electrified aircraft unlock the latent demand for convenient, affordable regional travel on new routes across the US.”
“Jetstream’s proven record of leasing aircraft in this asset class at scale, especially for the Cessna Grand Caravan, will help strengthen SAM’s position in the regional mobility and turboprop category,” added Shahani.
Jetstream also plans to purchase up to 250 hybrid and fully-electric powertrains from SAM over the next five years. Each powertrain is expected to create one-time revenue at sale and multi-year recurring revenue streams though operator usage.
SAM’s immediate focus will be on scaling operations using the Cessna Grand Caravan, which will be the first aircraft to be electrified using SAM’s hybrid electric powertrains. SAM is targeting commercial certification by 2025.
Stuart Klaskin, chief executive officer, Jetstream Aviation Capital said: “We believe the regional turboprop asset category is positioned for significant growth over the next decade as electrified aircraft enter into operations. With electrified commercial aviation around the corner, we’re looking forward to lending our expertise in this growth segment of the aircraft market.”
Jetstream has long-standing relationships with Southern Airways Express and Mokulele Airlines, two companies who have entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by SAM, subject to closing conditions and regulatory approval.