Who we are
We are a team of aircraft financiers, blending local and global talents in our headquarters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
What we do
We deliver financing solutions to airlines worldwide. We invest in and manage a large portfolio of commercial aircraft.
Is to become a leading aviation financier, delivering innovative solutions to airlines worldwide.
Is to support the local aviation ecosystem.
We are committed to industry-leading technology and innovation centered around an ambitious new business model. We offer commercial solutions to foster more sustainable industry growth.
Our seasoned management team has developed competitive offerings and will capitalize on opportunities globally starting from Saudi Arabia.
AviLease is wholly owned by the Public Investment Fund (PIF). PIF is one of the world's largest and most impactful sovereign wealth funds, and shares a long-term commitment and vision for AviLease.
We offer financing solutions or aircraft capacity to airlines, and invest by way of:
transactions with airlines
from financial institutions
In addition, we manage third-party equity for investors looking to allocate capital in aviation assets.
Head of Global Capital Finance Division - PIF
Chief Executive Officer - SNB Capital
Board Member - SNB Capital
Muhammad Ovais Yousuf
Aviation & Security Sector Head - PIF
Board Member - The Helicopter Company
Board Member - SAFE
Former CEO of Orix Aviation
25+ years of experience in aviation finance and leasing
Former CEO of GECAS
25+ years of experience in aircraft and engine leasing
Chief Executive Officer, AviLease
Edward “Ted” O'Byrne is the Chief Executive Officer of AviLease, a wholly owned portfolio company of the Public Investment Fund. AviLease was formed and launched under his leadership in 2022 to deliver leasing and financing solutions to airlines globally.
Ted's expertise is building and developing businesses in commercial aviation, having worked in aircraft leasing, private equity and at an aircraft manufacturer.
Ted served most recently as Managing Director, co-Head of Aviation at The Carlyle Group. During his time with the investment firm, he focused on launching and developing new investment strategies centered on aircraft financing.
Prior to that, Ted served as Chief Investment Officer at Aercap from 2011 to 2018. He joined Aercap in 2007, and helped the lessor accelerate its growth to become the world's largest owner of aircraft.
Ted started his career in aviation at Airbus where he held several commercial, contract negotiation and marketing positions, selling aircraft to airlines and leasing companies.
Ted holds an MBA from the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business. He is married with two children and has French nationality, tempered by a life-long multicultural experience.