SKY Leasing’s core strength is our people. Our management team has over 60 years of experience in aircraft leasing with expertise in: origination, asset management, risk diversification, technical management, and aircraft sales. Our team is closely aligned with our airline, manufacturer, and finance partners to execute on long-term fleet solutions.
Rich S. Wiley
Chief Executive Officer
Rich Wiley is the Chief Executive Officer of SKY Leasing. With over 30 years of industry experience, Mr. Wiley has become a leading executive in the aircraft leasing industry. During his career, he has helped originate over $20.0B in aircraft transactions and maintains relationships with over 100 airline customers globally in every major and developing commercial aviation market. In addition to SKY Leasing, Mr. Wiley has founded and led a series of successful aviation leasing companies including Pegasus Aviation in 1988, Pegasus Aviation Finance Company (“PAFCO”) in 2004, Sky Holding Company in 2007, and Jackson Square Aviation ("JSA") in 2010. PAFCO and JSA were sold to Terra Firma Capital Partners and Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance, respectively. Mr. Wiley holds a B.S. from Indiana University and an MBA from UCLA, where he is honored as an “Inspirational 100” Alumnus.
John F. Edwards
Senior Vice President, Head of Technical Operations
John Edwards is the Senior Vice President and Head of Technical Operations of SKY Leasing. John has over 25 years of experience in the commercial aviation industry. He was formerly the Vice President Asset Manager and CTO-Aircraft at Willis Lease Finance and served as Director of Leased Aircraft Management at AWAS / Pegasus and Director of Operations at GATX. Direct experience with the current Boeing and Airbus product line including aircraft transitions, contract negotiations, and fleet management; broad knowledge of the Airbus single aisle fleet while A320 Engineering Fleet Manager at US Airways and United Airlines. John holds a B.S. degree in Mechanical Engineering from California State University, Fullerton and is an ISTAT Certified Appraiser.