BOC Aviation Flies High as Asia Travel Takes Off

Aug. 10, 2017 10:42 p.m. ET

To say Robert Martin is an aviation expert would be an understatement. Martin is one of the longest serving chief executive officers in the aircraft leasing industry and has piloted

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for almost two decades.

Low interest rates and booming demand for air travel have provided strong tailwinds for the aircraft leasing industry in recent years. BOC Aviation (2588.HK) has grown its portfolio from 50 planes in 2004 to 261 planes this year and is set to be the largest buyer of aircraft in 2017, with 80 deliveries on the radar. “It is clear the last three years have been very good to the airline industry,” Martin told Barron’s when we caught up with the Briton at BOC Aviation’s head office in Singapore.

But the business environment wasn’t always so friendly. Martin faced the greatest challenge of…

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