Emirates Eyes $517mn Loan

The airline is planning an Islamic loan facility to fund two of its planes, according to reports.

Dubai’s Emirates airline has hired three local banks to arrange a Dhs1.9 billion ($517.3 million) Islamic loan facility to finance two of its planes, Arabic newspaper Al Bayan reported on Tuesday.

The Dubai government-owned airline has asked Dubai Islamic Bank, Ajman Bank and Al Hilal Bank to arrange the financing deal for a Boeing 777-300 and an Airbus A380 superjumbo, the paper said quoting unnamed banking sources.The facility will be a 12-year loan and the banks have started the preparation of loan transfers since January, the report said.

Emirates was not immediately available for comment.

The rapidly expanding carrier said in November that it was eyeing the Islamic finance market to fund aircraft deliveries, as international banks back out of plane deals because of the euro zone debt crisis.

Emirates placed a blockbuster order for 50 Boeing 777 jetliners at the Dubai Air Show last year and became one of the largest customers of the Airbus A30 superjumbos.