Apollo Aviation Group has raised approximately $595 million for its second aviation fund, Sciens Aviation Special Opportunities Investment Fund II. SASOF II is managed by Apollo Aviation and Sciens Capital Management. The fund will acquire mid-life commercial aircraft for lease, or disassembly and resale.
Apollo Aviation Group (Apollo Aviation) and Sciens Capital Management LLC jointly announced today that Apollo Aviation raised approximately $595 million from a broad array of investors for its second aviation fund, Sciens Aviation Special Opportunities Investment Fund II (SASOF II). SASOF II is managed by Apollo Aviation, a full service commercial aircraft asset manager jointly owned by its founders and principals, William Hoffman and Robert Korn, and by an affiliate of Sciens Capital Management LLC. SASOF II is a follow-on fund to the $213 million Sciens Aviation Special Opportunities Investment Fund (SASOF), which was raised in 2010.
“SASOF II will seek to acquire mid-life commercial aircraft for lease and/or immediate disassembly and resale of the systems, components and parts” said Mr. Hoffman, Apollo Aviation’s Chairman. As of today, SASOF II has acquired 12 commercial aircraft and three engines including Boeing 737 NG, Airbus A320 CEO and A340 aircraft models. Nine of these aircraft are on lease and Apollo Aviation currently plans for the remainder to be either sold or disassembled with the parts then being sold.
Sciens Chief Executive Officer John Rigas said “We are delighted with the accomplishments and growth of Apollo Aviation. They have now become the global leader in managing mid-life and end of life commercial aircraft and we look forward to our continuing cooperation in the future.”
About Apollo Aviation
Apollo Aviation is an aviation asset manager with offices in the U.S., Ireland and Singapore. Apollo Aviation’s activities include acquiring, refurbishing, marketing and leasing commercial jet aircraft, engines and related assets as well as “parting out” commercial aircraft. Founded in 2002, Apollo Aviation has grown from a small advisory boutique to a leading full-service aviation asset manager. Apollo Aviation has over $1.4 billion of aviation assets under management (including commitments to SASOF II) representing over 110 aircraft and 70 aircraft engines.
About Sciens Capital Management
Sciens Capital Management is a global alternative asset manager based in New York. Founded in 1988, it has been successfully managing alternative assets since 1994. Sciens and its affiliates manage or advise on approximately $5.1 billion for institutional and high net worth investors through its private equity, real assets, funds of hedge funds and managed account platform businesses.