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The State Of Our Industry, 2 Years After The Onset Of COVID w/David Yu

March 10, 2022

COVID-19 was destructive to the aviation industry.  


However, nearly 2 years after the global onset of the virus, much of the world is reopening. So, where does our industry stand today?


Are we finally on the road to recovery, or is there still a long way to go? Will we ever fully bounce back from the effects the pandemic has had on our business?


In this episode, co-founder of Inception Aviation Holdings, David Yu returns to the show to share his outlook on the state of aviation in 2022. 


At the end of the day, I don't think things will get worse for airlines. -David Yu


Three Things You’ll Learn In This Episode 


  • What the reopening of travel means for our industry

    How much of an impact will the resumption of leisure travel make on our industry? 


  • When to expect a real recovery

    How long will it take for us to see the industry surpass where it was in 2019, and move on to bigger things? 


  • 1 thing to know before investing in an airplane

    Is it a wise choice to invest in aircraft before the industry has completely bounced back?


Guest Bio-


David Yu is the Managing Director, Chief Investment Officer, and co-founder of aviation investing and financing firm, Inception Aviation Holdings. He is also the Executive Director of IBA Group in Asia, a leading global aircraft appraisal and consultancy. A recognized expert in cross-border finance and investing, David is an Adjunct Professor of Finance at NYU Shanghai, where he teaches the ‘Investing and Financing In and With China’ class. David is the author of Aircraft Valuation: Airplane Investments as an Asset Class and a Forbes contributor.


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Learn More About Your Host:


Co-founder and Managing Partner for Northstar Group, Craig is focused on recruiting senior level leadership, sales and operations executives for some of the most prominent companies in the aviation and aerospace industry. Clients include well known aircraft OEM’s, aircraft operators, leasing / financial organizations, and Maintenance / Repair / Overhaul (MRO) providers. 


Since 2009 Craig has personally concluded more than 150 executive searches in a variety of disciplines. As the only executive recruiter who has flown airplanes, sold airplanes AND run a business, Craig is uniquely positioned to build deep, lasting relationships with both executives and the boards and stakeholders they serve. This allows him to use a detailed, disciplined process that does more than pair the ideal candidate with the perfect opportunity, and hit the business goals of the companies he serves.