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Backed by private equity firm, CataCap, AerFin is ready for further international expansion.

AerFin began operations in 2010 at the peak of the international debt crisis that gripped aircraft lessors, airlines and investors with the aim of drawing on the extensive technical and commercial knowledge within the team to maximise asset residual values in those difficult economic conditions.

AerFin has provided commercial, legal and technical consultancy projects for OEMs, Lessors, Investors and Airlines since inception on projects ranging from new engine selection for airlines, residual value analysis for Lessors to asset remarketing and disassembly for owners and investors.

Demand from our customers saw AerFin create a range of innovative and flexible programs to provide end of life programs for both aircraft and engines, resulting in AerFin establishing a new facility to manage in-house engine disassembly, storage and distribution of aviation inventory.


In October 2019 private equity firm CataCap became the majority shareholder in AerFin Holdings Ltd. CataCap will strengthen the business and make it ready for further international expansion.



October 2010

Bob James founded AerFin as a commercial, technical & financial solutions consultancy provider to airlines, lessors and investors in commercial aircraft and engines to maximise residual values and minimise risks. 


July 2014

Minneapolis based leading global alternative investment manager, CarVal Investors (Subsidiary of Cargill), acquired an 80 percent stake in AerFin.


March 2015

AerFin selected as end-of-life solution provider for the major phase-out of Cathays Pacific’s fleet of eleven Airbus A340 aircraft.


September 2015

AerFin announces the acquisition of airframe parts distribution company Airline Services Components (ASC), based in Gatwick. The acquisition is a milestone in the company’s history, and allows AerFin to provide complete aircraft nose to tail support to the market.

  • Fastest Growing International Company
  • Fastest Growing Mid to Large Company
  • Fastest Growing Business to Business

July 2016

AerFin launches operations in Asia-Pacific, opening a warehouse and distribution centre in Singapore.


September 2016

AerFin launches Beyond.Fleet.Services™ with Philippine Airlines(PAL). The program was launched in conjunction with SR Technics as a CFM56-5C4 engine exchange program, designed to extend the life of PAL’s fleet of A340-300 aircraft. 


November 2016

AerFin is crowned as the Fastest Growing Business in Wales at the Fast Growth 50 Awards, achieving revenue growth of 1044% over the previous 2 years. They also collected awards for:

  1. Fastest Growing International Company
  2. Fastest Growing Mid to Large Company
  3. Fastest Growing Business to Business

May 2017

AerFin acquires the entire fleet of 15 Embraer E170-LR aircraft, including all spare parts, engines, tooling and equipment from Saudi Arabian Airlines. This is the first major E-Jet fleet phase out anywhere in the world, and provisions AerFin with the largest stock of EJet inventory outside of the OEM. 


June 2017

The Sunday Times HSBC International FastTrack 200 names AerFin as the fastest-growing exporter in the UK, after AerFin averaged sales growth of over 663% over the previous two years.


October 2017

AerFin become the first ever company to win FastGrowth 50 Award for two consecutive years, following more exponential growth. The company once again collected the following awards in-addition:

  1. Fastest Growing International Company
  2. Fastest Growing Mid to Large Company
  3. Fastest Growing Business to Business

February 2018

AerFin launches its BeyondPool™ service support program with BA CityFlyer. The partnership is a seven-year agreement, which provides a fixed-cost component solution for BA CityFlyer’s fleet of 20 Embraer E-Jets. 


April 2018

The Financial Times’ FT1000 has announced AerFin as the fastest-growing Aerospace and Defence company in Europe and the 23rd Fastest growing business in Europe overall.


March 2019

AerFin launches new E-Jet equipment facility in Atlanta. The 24/7 AOG facility is in close proximity to Atlanta Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport and will cover more than 200 e-jet rotable part numbers, further strengthening the companies support to E-jet operators in the Americas.


June 2019

AerFin, received EASA Part 145 maintenance organisation approval certification for its engine MRO services at its 100,000 sq.ft UK facility, extending its aftermarket services and move towards enhancing its MRO capability across multiple platforms.


October 2019

Private equity firm CataCap acquire AerFin Holdings in partnership with management. CataCap are now the majority shareholder of the group.

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May 2021

AerFin gains FAA Certification for Engine Maintenance Services at its approved Repair Station in Caerphilly. 

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May 2021

AerFin announces the launch of Engine MRO Lite, a scope of leading engine MRO services from its 100,000 sq ft CAA/EASA & FAA approved facility in Caerphilly

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December 2021

AerFin is delighted to announce the appointment of Simon Goodson as Chief Executive Officer (CEO). The appointment replaces founder and current CEO, Bob James, who will remain invested in the business and transition to Non-Executive Director.


The FT 1000 Fastest-growing Aerospace & Defence company in Europe


The Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 fastest-growing firm in the UK


Fast Growth 50

2018, 2017, 2016

Board of Trade Award


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