Based in Johannesburg, AFC serves clients throughout South Africa and beyond its borders. We have placed finance of more than R4billion worth of assets and have completed over 600 aircraft finance and related deals to date.
Led by experienced management duo, Ryan Forrester and Jaco Pietersen, AFC has developed numerous long-standing relationships with banks and finance institutions, suppliers and other aviation and aerospace industry professionals and organisations. This allows AFC to offer a complete end-to-end aircraft financing solution.
We aim to represent each client's best interests and to develop tailor-made financing packages whether in ZAR or U$D, while providing one point of contact throughout the process. We alleviate any confusion and hassle, and can steer our clients in the right direction when it comes to aircraft sourcing, negotiations, pre-purchase inspections, import or export complications, legal and tax compliance and financing.
Our commitment to customer service and our specialist knowledge ensures we are well-placed to serve first-time buyers and repeat clients, whatever their needs. We service clients ranging from individuals interested in aircraft for private use to entrepreneurs looking to finance aircraft for mixed use (personal and business), right through to operators who maintain a fleet of aircraft.
AFC helps our clients to eliminate costly mistakes and to make financing decisions that not only result in their needs being met, but that are structured for maximum benefit, taking into account their goals and dreams.
We partner with our clients to ensure that their financing packages also retain a degree of flexibility, allowing for growth and change. Our experience and the fact that we have our finger on the pulse of the aviation industry means that we are often able to predict trends and make appropriate recommendations to our clients, helping them to avoid pitfalls and maximise the benefits of their aviation assets.
Our asset finance and aviation market knowledge is often called upon by local and international funders, due to our recognised expertise. We are able to assess the risk of a particular deal and to manage the entire process from start to finish, allowing funders to finance the deal with peace of mind and minimal effort.
Founded by Ryan Forrester in 2005, Aircraft Finance Corporation was established to fill a gap in the market for specialist aviation finance knowledge.
Coming from an aviation family, and having worked in the aviation and financial industries at companies including Bell Helicopters, JP Morgan and Imperial Bank, Ryan decided to put his expertise to use serving the needs of the South African aviation market.
The company grew quickly and has continued to develop its range of products and services over the last decade. Its expertise, industry relationships, attention to detail and customer service ensured that AFC has continued to grow, despite a challenging economic climate.
AFC is currently the only specialist aviation finance originator in South Africa and continues to grow its footprint, both nationally and into Africa.