Global Aerospace – Jetstream

We are pleased to share the latest bulletin issued this week by one of our major trading partners, Global Aerospace.  Whilst “Jetstream 2019 And Beyond” covers a broad range of topics, the sections covering recent Aircraft On Ground issues and Repair Cost Inflation may be of particular interest.  You can access this publication by following this link

If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact the Aerosure team.


Kobe Bryant Crash Aviation Policy

American International Group (AIG) is the lead insurer on risk for an aviation insurance policy set to respond after a helicopter carrying champion NBA basketball player Kobe Bryant crashed on Sunday, The Insurance Insider understands.

Market sources said Island Express Helicopters – the registered owner of a charter helicopter carrying the sports star and seven other passengers – was covered by a general aviation hull and liability insurance policy.

Multiple insurers are understood to have written the company’s primary aviation policy, including Axa XL, WR Berkley, Swiss Re and Great American. Both WR Berkley and Swiss Re have since exited general aviation (GA).

According to sources, the helicopter operator’s cover extends to $50mn, with QBE writing a $25mn xs $25mn layer of the policy. The policy was placed by Florida-headquartered broker SterlingRisk.

Market sources declined to comment on any final claim quantum but said the hull of the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter was likely insured for between $6mn and $8mn.

“Any liability payment could also depend on whether there is a ‘per-passenger stop’ clause written into the contract,” one aviation specialist said.

A per-passenger stop is a type of clause introduced by underwriters in recent years in a bid to cap liability payments and stem spiraling losses in the sub-class of aviation insurance.

The air disaster involving the renown sports star occurred on Sunday morning, with authorities receiving a 911 call reporting a helicopter crash at 9:47 California time.

According to a CNN, the Sikorsky S-76 helicopter had on Sunday received special dispensation to fly in foggy conditions. The helicopter was registered to Island Express Holding Corp.

Passengers travelling with Bryant included his daughter Gianna, his daughter’s friend Alyssa, Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli and Altobelli’s wife, Keri. There were no reported survivors from the crash.

Several (re)insurers have in recent months pulled back from general aviation as the market segment suffers from a rise in losses and an uptick in costs of claims administration.

In August last year, this publication revealed Swiss Re Corporate Solutions had curtailed its participation in the global GA market.

This followed a slew of prior withdrawals from the GA sector, including Brit and MS Amlin, which previously stopped writing the category of aviation risk.

In 2017, the general aviation market was left reeling by a range of losses including more than $60mn of losses on a Mexican military account known in the aviation market as Sedena.

AIG, Axa XL and SterlingRisk declined to comment regarding cover for the helicopter.

Great American, Island Express, Swiss Re and WR Berkley did not respond to a request for comment.

Willis Towers Watson Aviation Conference 2020

Willis Towers Watson and our sponsors are delighted to welcome you to Phuket for our 18th annual Aviation Conference.

The event being held at Le Méridien Phuket Beach Resort, Thailand from 3 – 6 March 2020, will be our 18th annual Willis Towers Watson Airline Conference, bringing the airline, aviation and insurance industries together to debate the breadth of risks facing the sector now and in the future, including climate, cyber, diversity, technology, safety and geopolitical risks and some of the potential solutions.

Further agenda details, including the airline and insurance industry speakers headlining our event, will be revealed shortly but in the meantime, please register to secure your place.

This year, Willis Towers Watson will offset the carbon emissions related to this conference by purchasing carbon credits to directly support community-driven activities in Thailand.

Please note there is limited potential hotel rate availability so please book as soon as possible.

We look forward to welcoming you to Phuket in 2020