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Nordic Aviation Capital appoints Patrick de Castelbajac as CEO

Nordic Aviation Capital, the world’s largest regional aircraft lessor, today announced the appointment of Patrick de Castelbajac as Chief Executive Officer, effective Q3 2020. Patrick will be based at NAC’s newly opened Headquarters in Limerick.

Patrick has almost 20 years’ experience in the aviation industry. Most recently, he was President of Asia-Pacific region for Airbus. Prior to this, he was Executive Vice-President Strategy and International.

From 2014 to 2016, Patrick was Chief Executive Officer of ATR. Prior to this, he worked in Airbus from 2002 in a variety of senior management positions. Before joining Airbus, Patrick spent three years with Baker & McKenzie as a lawyer and a member of the Paris Bar.

Patrick began his aeronautical career in 1997 at MBDA (former Aerospatiale Missile). He previously studied law in France, the United Kingdom and the United States of America.

Martin Moller, Chairman, and Founder of NAC commented: “I am very pleased that Patrick has accepted the opportunity to lead NAC. Patrick has a long-standing relationship with the company having worked with many members of the team throughout his time as CEO at ATR. He has demonstrated strong leadership abilities in his previous roles and will undoubtedly build on the significant growth of the company to date. I wish him all the success in this new professional challenge.”

About Nordic Aviation Capital

NAC is the industry’s leading regional aircraft lessor serving 79 airline customers in 50 countries. The company provides aircraft to well-established carriers such as British Airways, Air Canada, LOT, Azul, Lufthansa, Garuda, Aeroméxico and airBaltic as well as major regional carriers including Air Nostrum, Flybe, Cityjet, Airlink and Widerøe. NAC’s current fleet of 500 aircraft includes ATR 42, ATR 72, Bombardier Dash 8, CRJ900/1000, Airbus A220 and Embraer E-Jet family aircraft.

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NAC is the global Leader in Regional Aircraft Leasing with over 200 employees operating across 7 locations globally.
The company provides aircraft leasing and lease management services to airlines and aircraft investors worldwide.