What’s the caliber of the people you work with? Do they have senior level experience in crafting commercial aircraft leasing and financing solutions for major players around the world? The senior partners at Aegis fully understand your operational needs and goals, and have a track record of constructing seamless win-win transactions.

Brian Hollnagel, Managing Director

Mr. Hollnagel has been a leader in the aircraft leasing business since 1997, founding one of the world's leading, privately-held commercial aircraft leasing companies. In building one of the fastest growing companies in the industry, Mr. Hollnagel focused on prudent leverage, true equity investment, and an unyielding commitment to all stakeholders. With this focused and simple vision, Mr. Hollnagel grew the company into a commercial aircraft portfolio valued at in excess of $1 billion by some of the world’s leading financial institutions. With Mr. Hollnagel’s guidance, unique financing and fleet solutions were engineered that helped major airlines navigate even the most turbulent of aviation markets. Under his leadership, airlines around the world were able to extract the greatest value from their fleets in both up and down economies, raise financing to support their operations, and manage their overall fleet planning. Hollnagel started his career with United Airlines, working directly for the chief pilot and director of flight operations. He studied aviation administration and finance at Purdue University. With a passion for aviation, Hollnagel began flying at age 15 and has been a multi-engine pilot since 1992.

Craig Papayanis, Managing Director

Mr. Papayanis has been involved in aviation since 1988. He spent fifteen years working in partnership with Brian Hollnagel to build one of the world's largest, privately-held commercial aircraft leasing companies, with assets in excess of $1 billion. Prior to this, Mr. Papayanis led the North American aviation financing activities of Coast Business Credit from 1999 to 2000, Industrial Bank of Japan, Ltd. from 1995 to 1999 and Nippon Credit Bank, Ltd. from 1990 to 1995, and was previously with First Interstate Bank, Ltd. Craig’s diverse aviation finance background includes financing aircraft, airlines, and leasing companies across a wide spectrum of niches and jurisdictions, from the largest players in the industry to small start up operators. He has experience with new and used aircraft, operating, finance and tax leases with individual transactions ranging in size from $5 million to $400 million. Mr. Papayanis also has extensive experience in managing troubled transactions and bankruptcies.

Today, Mr. Papayanis runs the new business development efforts for Aegis, helping plan, strategize and execute seamless fleet modernization program and other aircraft needs for leading airlines around the world.