AAIS ushered in 2021 with its first event of the year on 21 January discussing the financing of aircraft – a crucial but capital-intensive component of the global economy. AAIS was pleased to welcome Mr Kevin Chow, CEO of Thales in Singapore as Moderator and Professor David Yu, Senior ISTAT Certified Aviation Appraiser and Finance Professor at New York University Shanghai to explore aviation and aircraft leasing and its value as a standalone investable asset class within the larger industry. Professor Yu traced the development of the aircraft leasing sector and the growth of major hubs – Ireland, Singapore and Hong Kong. He also spoke on the development of the industry in China and the drivers of growth. An interesting discussion followed on the characteristics of global aircraft financing and the impact of the pandemic on growth and asset values. We look forward to future discussions on aircraft financing, in expectation that this will become even more important in the post-pandemic era.