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B&B Air Invests In Its Manager And Repurchases Shares

30/04/2010 09:47

Dublin (PRNewswire-FirstCall/WorldTourismNews) - Babcock & Brown Air Limited (NYSE:FLY) ("B&B Air"), a global aircraft lessor, announced today that it had completed an $8.75 million investment in BBAM LP ("BBAM"), the company that manages its portfolio of 62 modern and fuel-efficient commercial jet aircraft. The investment in BBAM was originally announced on April 2nd.


BBAM, a new privately-held company formed by the former senior executives of Babcock & Brown Aircraft Management LLC, has acquired the majority of the aviation assets of Babcock & Brown Limited ("BBL") and has hired the related staff. At the closing of the transaction, BBAM became the manager of over 290 leased aircraft, including those in B&B Air's portfolio.

In a related transaction, B&B Air purchased 2,011,265 of its own shares from BBL at a price of $8.78 per share. These shares represent approximately 6.6% of B&B Air's outstanding shares as of December 31, 2009. In addition, the BBAM management team, acting through Summit Aviation Partners LLC, acquired one million B&B Air shares from BBL, also at a price of $8.78 per share. B&B Air's investment in BBAM and its repurchase of its shares was funded from its unrestricted cash.

"Our investment in BBAM provides B&B Air with a 15% interest in a company that manages more than 290 commercial aircraft," said Colm Barrington, CEO of B&B Air. "B&B Air's repurchase of more than two million of its shares brings the total number of shares repurchased since the start of our share repurchase program to 5.3 million at an average price of $6.23 per share," added Barrington.

Steve Zissis, President and CEO of BBAM added: "As the manager and servicer of B&B Air's fleet, and now the owner of one million shares in the company, our interests are further aligned with those of B&B Air's shareholders. The team has been together for nearly 20 years and we look forward to continuing to build our franchise in aviation."

B&B Air intends to seek shareholder approval to change its name to "FLY Leasing Limited" at its next annual general meeting of shareholders.

A Form 6-K containing detailed information about the transactions outlined above was filed with the SEC today and is available on B&B Air's website.


About B&B Air
B&B Air acquires and leases modern, high-demand and fuel-efficient commercial jet aircraft under multi-year operating lease contracts to a diverse group of airlines throughout the world. B&B Air is managed and serviced by BBAM, one of the world's leading aircraft leasing and management companies with more than 20 years of experience. For more information about B&B Air, visit our website at

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This press release contains certain "forward - looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements may be identified by words such as "expects," "intends," "anticipates," "plans," "believes," "seeks," "estimates," "will," or words of similar meaning and include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the outlook for B&B Air's future business and financial performance. Forward-looking statements are based on management's current expectations and assumptions, which are subject to inherent uncertainties, risks and changes in circumstances that are difficult to predict. Actual outcomes and results may differ materially due to global political, economic, business, competitive, market, regulatory and other factors and risks. B&B Air expressly disclaims any obligation to update or revise any of these forward-looking statements, whether because of future events, new information, a change in its views or expectations, or otherwise.


Source: Babcock & Brown Air Limited



CONTACT: Matt Dallas, Investor Relations of Babcock & Brown Air,

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