IBA expands asset management team and builds depth of expertise

Published on : Wednesday, June 12, 2019

IBA Groupthe specialist aviation consultancy, is increasing the depth of resources that its asset management team can offer worldwide. IBA’s core services include aviation data, appraisals, and advisory, but the Firm is now experiencing high demand for the independent outsourced asset management skills that it can offer.  Peter Walter, Director of Asset Management at IBA is pleased to welcome Julian Aldana who will cover North America and Guljar Lehri who will be based at the London office into his team.


“Lessors and airlines are seeking to outsource the complex issues that surround remarketing and transitioning aircraft” says Walter.  “We have recently placed a Boeing 737-800NG on long term lease with Jet2.com on behalf of a client. The aircraft was under IBA’s asset management programme during the prior lease to Norwegian.  IBA was responsible for the redelivery, lease placement and negotiations as well overseeing the required modifications and technical acceptance.”


“Our team provides lease management, technical inspections, remarketing services and repossession support and we will continue to broaden the range of expertise that clients can access. Bringing Julian and Gulhar on board adds further hands-on experience at the sharp end, this is invaluable when we are solving complicated financial transactions or dealing with particular global jurisdictions.”


Julian Aldana has recently joined IBA as a Technical Manager based in North America. He is an experienced aviation professional with qualifications in aircraft engineering and aircraft management. He holds multiple licenses and approvals from different countries, including USA FAA A&P, Swiss FOCA EASA Part 66 B1/B2/C, UAE GCAA and Australia CASA with different Airbus and Boeing type ratings endorsed.


Previously, Aldana has worked for several airlines around the globe in various technical positions, performing different assignments in aircraft maintenance as a licensed engineer, completing aircraft delivery inspections, and as a technical representative.


His academic qualifications include an Avionics & Aircraft Maintenance Technical Diploma and MSc. in Air Transport Management. His latest accomplishments include training in EASA Part 21, Part M Essentials for large aircraft and Aircraft Technical Records review for CAMO staff, followed by a Boeing 787 B1/B2 Level 3 course.


Guljar Lehri has joined IBA’s Technical & Asset Management team with responsibility for developing a number of areas including airline relationships and aircraft remarketing. With over 34 years in the aircraft maintenance industry Lehri holds various aircraft type ratings and his experience, particularly in aircraft maintenance and leasing, will add to IBA’s capabilities in managing all technical and commercial aspects of aircraft acquisitions, new deliveries, fleet disposals, lease redeliveries                                       and aircraft trading.


Lehri started his career as an engineering apprentice in 1985 with Monarch Aircraft Engineering, gaining EASA Part 66 A1 & B2 Licences. His career also includes nine years with Thomson Airways as Senior Lead Aircraft & Disposals Engineer, returning to Monarch Engineering in 2017 as General Manager of the Aircraft Lease Team and then to Airworthiness & Asset Management, General Manager.

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