Flightpath with Alok - Arthur Kushner CFO and Principal Jetstream Aviation Capital
- 26 October 2023
- Alok Anand
In episode 8 of Flightpath with Alok, Alok travels to Miami to sit with Arthur Kushner, Chief Financial Officer, and Principal of Jetstream Aviation Capital, which is the largest global aircraft lessor of commercially operated regional turboprop aircraft, with a fleet of 125 aircraft. Jetstream is also the largest single owner of Saab 340 and Saab 2000 aircraft and associated spares and engines, worldwide. Arthur is responsible for the day-to-day administration of Jetstream’s financial and commercial operations; his career spans more than forty years, thirty-five of which has been invested in working at a senior and financial management level and for a diverse range of entities including private equity-owned portfolio companies, publicly traded businesses, banks, consulting and public accounting firms. Prior to joining Jetstream, Arthur was CEO of Apex Reporting Group a professional services company, part of Sunbelt Diversified Enterprises, LLC, a Coral Gables, Florida-based private equity firm. Arthur holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from the University of Florida; he is a certified public accountant and also holds a private pilot license. Arthur talks with Alok about how, as a small boy growing up in Miami, his mother was a primary positive influencer in his life; how a high learning work ethic combined with exposure to small aircraft from an early age helped shape him and set him on an aviation trajectory. Arthur speaks about the opportunities and challenges faced in the regional 9 to 70-seat aircraft leasing space and discusses ways to attract young talent to join and grow as part of the team. If you are wondering whether a career in aviation is for you, and in particular if aircraft leasing will provide you with the opportunities you seek, then this episode is certainly worth a listen.