Aviation Insurers Offer some Good News

Business Jet Traveler » August 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008 - 5:00am

At the Aviation Insurance Association convention earlier this year, industry experts reported a mini-boom that is benefiting the insured, large and small. The reason: a credit crunch throughout much of the economy, triggered by the U.S. sub-prime loan debacle, has been driving capital, especially private-equity funds, toward less risky investments, including aviation insurance. With a favorable loss history and an upscale worldwide clientele, the field presents an attractive vehicle in an uncertain time, explained representatives of some of the largest aviation insurers.

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“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

-Howard Guy of Design Q, a UK-based consultancy