Sale of one Boeing 747-8JA bearing serial number 40065 to The Boeing Company

Press Release - April 21, 2022

Sale of one Boeing 747-8JA bearing serial number 40065 to The Boeing Company

AFG Aviation Ireland Limited (AFG), a wholly owned subsidiary of Aircraft Finance Germany GmbH, is pleased to announce the sale of one Boeing 747-8JA bearing serial number 40065 to The Boeing Company. AFG ferried the aircraft on April 15 from Basel, Switzerland to Marana, Arizona. CEO Christian Nuehlen comments: “We are more than pleased that the aircraft has found such a good home at Boeing. I would like to thank both AFG’s team and the team at Boeing for their hard work and dedication to this project.”


“It was a pleasure to partner with AFG on this transaction,” said Thomas Hansen, vice president of asset management for Boeing Capital Corporation. “The AFG team are experienced and dedicated professionals and we look forward to continuing our successful relationship.”

Acquisition of two Boeing B747-8F freighter aircraft to be operated by Air Belgium on behalf of Hongyuan Group

Press Release - November 1, 2021

Acquisition of two Boeing B747-8F freighter aircraft to be operated by Air Belgium on behalf of Hongyuan Group.

AFG Aviation Ireland Limited (Ireland), a wholly owned subsidiary of Aircraft Finance Germany GmbH (Germany), completed the acquisition of two (2) Boeing B747-8F freighter aircraft bearing MSN 37562 and MSN 37563 from Saudi Arabian Airlines Corporation (Saudi Arabia) for its strategic partner Hongyuan Group (the People’s Republic of China). The Hongyuan Group is the official warehousing and storage services provider for the Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games Beijing 2022. Both aircraft will be operated by Air Belgium on behalf of Hongyuan Group.

Christian Nuehlen, CEO of Aircraft Finance Germany, comments: “We are proud to have had the opportunity to work with the professional team at Saudia and that we managed to bring this transaction to a successful close. I would like to thank everybody involved for their hard work and dedication and we look forward to seeing both aircraft entering commercial operations once again in the near future.”

Sale of four Airbus A330-200F for the new air cargo division of French container logistics and shipping giant CMA CGM S.A

Press Release - March 2, 2021

Sale of four Airbus A330-200F for the new air cargo division of French container logistics and shipping giant CMA CGM S.A.

AFG Aviation Ireland Limited (Ireland), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Aircraft Finance Germany GmbH (Germany), completed the acquisition of four (4) Airbus A330-200F freighter aircraft bearing MSN 1688, MSN 1708, MSN 1584, and MSN 1594 from Qatar Airways Group Q.C.S.C. (Qatar) for CMA CGM Air Cargo (France), the new air cargo division of French container logistics and shipping giant CMA CGM S.A.

All four (4) aircraft will be operated by Air Belgium on behalf of CMA CGM Air Cargo.

The transaction closed in two phases. The first pair of aircraft were delivered in early February from AFG to CMA CGM and the second pair followed in late February 2021.

Christian Nuehlen, CEO of Aircraft Finance Germany, comments: “Obviously, we are more than pleased with the outcome and that we managed to successfully conclude this transaction amidst a challenging pandemic environment. The air cargo market presents strong potential going forward and these four aircraft will play a vital role in the years to come.”

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