Floreat is to acquire a $500m (€441m) portfolio of Boeing and Airbus aircraft with debt financing arranged by Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group (MUFG).

It is the second time that the London-based investment group, which specialises in public and private equity, real estate and private debt, has targeted the aviation sector.

In 2016, it completed a securitisation of a $450m portfolio of A330 aircraft.

Mark Rogers, managing director at Floreat, said: “We have previously acquired aircraft on behalf of our clients, and this next transaction is further evidence of our belief in aviation leasing as an income-producing investment.

“We are committed to the sector and delighted to be working with MUFG on this mandate, with the long-term potential of this partnership very clear.”

Tokyo-headquartered MUFG will source a portfolio of aircraft on lease to airlines around the globe.

Philip Roberts, MUFG’s head of investment banking division for EMEA, said: “We are delighted to be able to provide support to Floreat in structuring and arranging its investments into a growing and vibrant sector.

“The partnership between the two institutions is bringing together our strengths, allowing us to be more relevant to our clients and further deepening our impact in the aviation sector”.