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Aviation is on the path of recovery from the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Leased aircraft now account for an estimated 60 percent of new passenger jet deliveries. This has shot up from approximately 45 percent before the pandemic. This growth may seem somewhat surprising, considering that during the pandemic many airlines sought to defer lease rentals or even defaulted on payments.

Even before we have bid goodbye to the pandemic, a new crisis has arisen in the form of the Russia-Ukraine conflict. More than 500 western-made leased aircraft were affected by sanctions against Russia. What is happening to these aircraft, how are lessors responding and what legal issues have arisen?

To shed some light on developments, we are delighted to have Rob Morris of Ascend by Cirium, and Rajaram Ramiah of RHTLaw Asia to share their take on how aircraft leasing weathered the pandemic and is dealing with the fallout from the war in Europe.


4 PM - 4:05 PM
Welcome By AAIS
4:05 PM - 4:30 PM
Presentation by Rob Morris
4:30 PM - 4:55 PM
Presentation by Rajaram Ramiah
4:55 PM - 5:15 PM


  • Rob Morris (Global Head of Consultancy at Ascend by Cirium)

    Rob Morris

    Global Head of Consultancy at Ascend by Cirium

    Rob’s 30 years of experience as a commercial aviation analyst has made him one of the most in-demand and respected experts in the industry. Prior to joining Ascend by Cirium, Rob was vice-president, marketing and analysis at BAE Systems Asset Management in Hatfield, where he was responsible for market and strategy analysis in support of the regional aircraft lessor’s business winning process. Rob has also worked in the aerospace team at the UK Government’s Department of Trade and Industry, where he managed all aspects of market analysis and forecasting in support of the UK’s investment in a wide range of commercial aircraft and aero-engine programs. He began his aviation career in 1990 as a marketing executive at British Aerospace (Regional Aircraft).

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  • Rajaram Ramiah (Partner at RHTLaw Asia LLP)

    Rajaram Ramiah

    Partner at RHTLaw Asia LLP

    Rajaram is a partner at RHTLaw Asia LLP since 2018. He graduated with a LL. B (Hons) from the University of London in 1981. After he was called to the bar at Middle Temple as a Barrister-at-Law he subsequently read for his Master of Law degree at the University of Cambridge in 1984.

    After serving in the Judiciary in Singapore he entered private practice in 1994. In his current practice Rajaram focuses on providing legal solutions in the aviation sector. His expertise in the aviation sector for over 28 years he has represented both airlines and aircraft operators in the Asia Pacific region. He has acted as counsel in numerous aircraft transactional matters including sale and purchase, leasing and other forms of aviation finance relating to both commercial jets and business jets. His depth of knowledge of aviation law also enables him to advise on aviation regulatory matters, including the structuring of transactions and other aviation related litigation such as repossession of aircraft.

    His practice area includes commercial, corporate, civil & criminal litigation and aviation law. He co-authored a chapter in the publication, Singapore Employment Manual published by Asia Law & Practice Publishing. He has also published a chapter in the publication, Getting the Deal Through on Air Transport 2016. In 2020, 2021 and 2022 he contributed an article on the Singapore Chapter on Aviation Finance and Leasing in the publication Lexology Getting the Deal Through.

    Rajaram has undertaken litigation in the Singapore High Court, Court of Appeal and in the State Courts in commercial transactions. He also handled considerable number of the Plaintiff cases for passengers and crew involved in both the air crashes involving the two Singapore national carriers in 1997 and in 2000. In May 2004, he was appointed a Reserve Panel Member of the Singapore International Arbitration Centre (SIAC) and has also presided as an arbitrator.

    Since 1998 Rajaram has been recognised as a leading aviation lawyer in various publications including Euromoney Legal Group Guide. In 2005, he was also recognized by the publication Asia Law & Practice as a leading Aviation Lawyer in the Asia/Pacific Region and has also been listed for many years in the Who’s Who Legal (Business Lawyers) for his aviation expertise and in more recently in EXPERTGUIDES. Currently he is also listed in the first Southeast Asia guide in Who’s Who Legal: South East Asia 2021. In 2004, he served as Vice Chairman (Aviation Committee) of the Inter Pacific Bar Association. Rajaram has also served as a committee member of the Royal Aeronautical Society (Singapore Branch).

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