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Ardian Engages PIF and QIA in Aviation Investments

14th June, 2024

Private equity group Ardian is combining forces with Qatari and Saudi sovereign wealth funds in two separate major European transactions in the aviation sector, demonstrating an ongoing strategy to work closely with state-owned investors and combine their capital strengths.

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Khazanah, ADIA, EPF and GIP Set to Take Over Malaysian Airports at US$3.9bn Valuation Amid Recovery

15th May, 2024

Malaysia Airports (MAHB) is set to be taken over by an alliance of Malaysia’s sovereign wealth fund Khazanah and its public pension fund the Employees Provident Fund along with the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority (ADIA) and Global Infrastructure Partners (GIP).

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CDPQ Leads State-Owned Investors in Aircraft Leasing and Finance

31st January, 2024

Canadian public pension fund CDPQ’s US$1.5 billion aircraft leasing partnership with SMBC Aviation Capital, announced this week, is the latest in a line of similar investments in aircraft lessors by state-owned investors, seeking to provide fleets to operators instead of the more complex business of running an airline.

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Kazakhstan's SWF Launches Two Airline Divestments

22nd January, 2024

Three years ago, sovereign wealth funds were plunging capital into national flag-carriers in the wake of the global lockdown, but the aviation sector is off life support and airlines have largely returned to profitability – with Kazakhstan’s Samruk-Kazyna confident to launch Air Astana Group’s IPO next month as well as relaunching its tender for up to 100% of Qazaq Air.

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Britannia is Cool Again: Saudis Buy Heathrow, Australians Pledge Billions in Infra

29th November, 2023

The UK is shaking off post-Brexit anxieties and attracting a slew of FDI in its infrastructure investment from Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) and two of Australia’s biggest pension fund investors, Aware Super and IFM.

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PIF Aviation Subsidiary Flies High Following US$3.6bn Takeover Deal

29th August, 2023

In little more than a year of its existence, AviLease has become a major player in global aviation as one of the top lessors to the airline industry, thanks to the backing of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF).

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PIF Launches New Saudi Airline as Diversification Picks Up Pace

13th March, 2023

Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) has firmed up its new airline plan, outlined last September as “RIA”, with an official launch of Riyadh Airlines and an aircraft order valued at US$35 billion.

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ADQ Adds Etihad to its Growing Aviation Portfolio

18th October, 2022

Abu Dhabi’s infrastructure-oriented sovereign wealth fund ADQ has taken full control of the Etihad Aviation Group (EAG), adding it to an aviation portfolio that also includes Abu Dhabi Airports, Wizz Air Abu Dhabi and ADQ Aviation & Aerospace Services Company.

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PIF Strikes Deal for Saudi Tourism and Launches Airline for NEOM

14th September, 2022

Saudi Arabia’s ambition to become a global tourism destination is led by the US$620 billion Public Investment Fund (PIF), which this week announced it would acquire a 30% stake in Almosafer Travel & Tourism Co., a unit of Riyadh-listed Seera Group Holding for SAR1.55 billion (US$412 million).

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Saudi Arabia's PIF Flies High With New Flag-Carrier

5th September, 2022

The world is set to see a new major flag carrier in the aviation industry, courtesy of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) which is establishing a new airline with a US$30 billion capital injection.

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Saudi Arabia’s PIF Seeks to Land Jumbo British Airport Acquisition

10th August, 2022

Saudi Arabia’s rapidly growing Public Investment Fund (PIF) could become the biggest shareholder in the UK’s busiest airport if it goes ahead with the acquisition of Ferrovial’s 25% stake.

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Unfazed Sovereign Investors Pour US$9.6 billion into Australian Real Assets

13th September, 2021

State-owned investors are taking very different approaches to Australian real assets impacted by the pandemic, although long-term strategic factors rather than short-term tactical moves are driving current divestment and acquisition activity.

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