Airlines: Angus Williamson, Aircraft Leasing Expert


The COVID-19 outbreak is an unprecedented crisis for the airline industry. Airlines are struggling to cut costs, conserve cash, and raise additional liquidity. With nearly half of the world’s fleet of airliners leased, the aircraft lessors are key suppliers and potential sources of liquidity. Angus Williamson shares his insights from nearly three decades in the aircraft leasing industry.

  • How do lessors react to airline customer requests for cuts to lease rates or deferral of payments?
  • Are lessors willing to enter into new sale and leaseback agreements on aircraft?
  • Which aircraft types offer the greatest potential for raising liquidity for the airlines?
  • How do lessors choose which airlines to assist?

About our expert

Angus Williamson has an extensive background in the aviation finance and leasing industry.  His senior roles have included being Head of Risk Management and Executive Director at AWAS Aviation Capital for over 8 years.  He held responsibility for managing Portfolio Credit Risk, Credit Control and Group Insurance Services for this top-10 global lessor with assets valued in excess of c.$10 Billion. He has over 26 years senior experience in the industry having also worked in the air transport consulting environment and was previously with lessor, AerCap, where he held the positions of Head of Global Risk from 2001 to 2006 and Head of Asset Investment and Business Development from 2006 to 2007. 

Prior to his time at AerCap, Mr. Williamson headed the consultancy services division IBA Group and was responsible for aircraft valuation and other airline related advisory services. Mr. Williamson received a bachelor's degree in Economics from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Durham University.

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