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.

Our Vision

Is to become a leading aviation financier, delivering innovative solutions to airlines worldwide.

Our Strategy

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.


Financial foundation

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.

Our Business

We offer financing solutions or aircraft capacity to airlines, and invest by way of:

Purchase and lease-back
transactions with airlines
Secondary portfolio acquisitions
from financial institutions
Direct orders from
aircraft manufacturers

In addition, we manage third-party equity for investors looking to allocate capital in aviation assets.

Our Target


Airbus A220neo


Airbus A320neo


Airbus A330neo


Airbus A350XWB


Boeing 737MAX


Boeing 787


Boeing 777


Board Members

Fahad Alsaif


Head of Global Capital Finance Division - PIF

Rashed Sharif

Vice Chairman

Chief Executive Officer - SNB Capital

Board Member - SNB Capital

Muhammad Ovais Yousuf

Board Member

Aviation & Security Sector Head - PIF

Board Member - The Helicopter Company

Board Member - SAFE

David Power

Board Member

Former CEO of Orix Aviation

25+ years of experience in aviation finance and leasing

Alec Burger

Board Member

Former CEO of GECAS

25+ years of experience in aircraft and engine leasing


Edward O'Byrne

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.