20 Years of Aircraft Financing


As of November 1st, AirFleet Capital is now celebrating it’s 20th year in supporting General Aviation through aircraft financing.  Over the years we have hit countless milestones that have made us what we are today, and we couldn’t have gotten here without incredible industry partners and our outstanding customers.

Steve Smestad founded AirFleet Capital in 1994 after a successful career with aircraft manufacturers: Fairchild and British Aerospace.  After growing up in an airplane family in Montana, Smestad searched for a way to combine his passion for general aviation with his strong background in aviation finance and marketing.  Through this, AirFleet Capital was formed.  AirFleet’s original mission was to secure leasing and loan options for aircraft buyers, but this mission quickly evolved into a sole focus on providing exceptional aircraft loan products in support of the General Aviation segment.  Founded on a commitment to offer low rates, exceptional service to our customers, and developing long-term relationships throughout the industry, AirFleet now celebrates 20 years in support of this mission.

Over the years we have expanded to support the United States through offices in Virginia, Arizona and Georgia.  Our commitment is quality – not fast growth, and in building long-lasting relationships with our customers.  AirFleet is proud to have surpassed our goals and expectations for the past two decades and looks forward to continued support of the aviation community for years to come.


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