For many years Africa has been seen as a high-risk investment. Access to structured finance has been hard to break through, but are things changing? From modernizing fleets to introducing new business aircraft, international markets are responding. With this background, an industry panel discussed a number of questions about aviation finance. Mr. Moulay Omar Alaoui discussed a fleet age average of the airlines in South Africa, compare to the airlines in other regions. “What is important is not the age of an aircraft, but the number of cycles and the way it is maintained. It is not just the asset that is important, but the quality of the airline and its management are equally important – it is a package” said Mr. Moulay Omar Alaoui.