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Ex-Im Bank Sets Goal of $2 Billion in Financing of U.S.-Manufactured Business Aircraft and Helicopters in 2014



Wednesday, May 21, 2014

(Ex-Im Bank)  Bank Expects To Achieve New Goal by Year’s End

Washington, D.C. – Today the Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im Bank) announced a new goal of $2 billion in financing for U.S.-manufactured business aircraft and helicopters by the end of 2014.

The Bank reached its previously announced goal of $1 billion in support of these exports in December 2013, 10 months ahead of schedule.

In FY 2014 to date, Ex-Im Bank has authorized approximately $740 million for exports of business aircraft and helicopters made in the United States by companies that include Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. based in Savannah, Ga., Beechcraft based Wichita, Kan., and Sikorsky Aircraft Corp., which manufactures nonmilitary helicopters in Coatesville, Pa. Ex-Im Bank's financing also supports sales and jobs of U.S. small businesses in the supply chains of these manufacturers.

"Ex-Im Bank has exceeded its goal to increase export financing of U.S.-made business aircraft and helicopters to $1 billion by 2014, and we expect to double that amount by the end of the calendar year. The Bank's support is enabling these manufacturers and their workers to create American jobs and meet the growing global demand for their excellent products, particularly in markets where other sources of buyer financing are not readily available," said Ex-Im Bank Chairman and President Fred P. Hochberg.

Ex-Im Bank topped its previous goal in December 2013 with the guarantee of a $300 million loan extended by Apple Bank for Savings to Minsheng Financial Leasing Company Ltd. of Tianjin, China, that is financing the purchase of a fleet of eight aircraft manufactured by Gulfstream.