SKY Leasing’s core strength is our people. Our management team has over 100+ 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
Rich Wiley is the Executive Chairman of SKY Leasing. With over 35 years of industry experience, Mr. Wiley has become a leading executive in the aircraft leasing industry. During his career, he has helped originate over $20B 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, Jackson Square Aviation ("JSA") in 2010, and Sky Aviation Leasing International Limited ("SALI") in 2015. PAFCO, JSA, and SALI were sold successfully to Terra Firma Capital Partners, Mitsubishi UFJ Lease & Finance Co., and Goshawk Aviation Limited, respectively. Mr. Wiley holds a B.S. from Indiana University and an MBA from UCLA, where he is honored as an "Inspirational 100" Alumnus.
Austin S. Wiley
Chief Executive Officer
Austin Wiley is the Chief Executive Officer of SKY Leasing. Austin has over 15 years of leasing industry experience, working in both capital markets and origination. Most recently, Austin was both the President and a co-founder of Sky Aviation Leasing International Limited ("SALI"), which was headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. SALI originated a fleet valued at $3B and was sold in September 2018 to Goshawk Limited. Austin has extensive capital markets experience raising more than $3B of debt for aircraft transactions. Prior to SALI, Austin worked for Sky Holding Company, and Pegasus Aviation Finance Company. Austin holds a B.A. from Lewis and Clark College, and an MBA from the University of Southern California.
Chief Commercial Officer
John is the Chief Commercial Officer of SKY Leasing and has over 30 years’ experience in aircraft leasing and finance. Most recently, John worked at SALI as a Senior Marketing Director for Asia, where he was responsible for airline and lessor origination in the region. Prior to SALI, John co-founded Transportation Partners (“TP”), which was the aircraft leasing subsidiary of Lion Air Group and has one of the largest orderbooks with Boeing and Airbus. Prior to TP, John worked in a variety of aircraft finance roles focused on Asia including ten years with the NatWest Group, with assignments in London, Tokyo and Shanghai, where he established the bank’s first offices in mainland China. Other banking assignments followed with Sumitomo and HSH Nordbank, where he led regional aviation teams in Hong Kong and Singapore. Mr. Duffy holds a B.A. from Liverpool University and MFA from New York University.
John F. Edwards
Chief Technical Officer
John Edwards is the Chief Technical Officer 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.
Matthew E. Crawford
Executive Vice-President, Capital Markets
Matthew Crawford is the Executive-Vice President and Head of Capital Markets for SKY Leasing. Matthew has 10 years of aircraft leasing and investment experience. Most recently, Matthew was Vice President of SALI, where he was responsible for managing the company’s corporate finance strategy, U.S. based capital markets relationships, and aircraft investments. Prior to SALI, Matthew worked for Sky Holding Company where he managed a portfolio of mid-to-end of life aircraft focusing on marketing, structuring, underwriting, trading, and asset management. Prior to that, Mr. Crawford built quantitative portfolio strategies for institutions investing in public equity markets. Matthew holds a B.S. in Economics from St. Mary’s College of California and is a CFA Charterholder.