David Hopkins – Air Transport Business Development, Air Transport and Airport Expertise
David Hopkins is Executive Chairman of Air Transport Business Development headquartered in Santa Monica, California. During his 30+ years in the air transport business, he has been responsible for selling, leasing and acquiring for airlines more than 250 jet transports and 730 jet engines valued at over $18 billion.
Dave started his career with Airbus in Toulouse and went on to hold senior positions with Airbus North America, Rolls-Royce North America and Willis Lease Finance. He founded ATBD in July 2002 and served as its CEO until he was named Executive Chairman in 2012.
Dave holds a Masters degree from Cranfield in Air Transport Management. As a pilot, Dave has logged 2,500 hours with an airline transport pilot’s rating, multi-engine, glider, seaplane and instructor ratings.
Today, ATBD has grown to more than 45 airline and airport professionals and more than 1,000 years of air transport expertise. ATBD has completed contract assignments for a cross-section of the air transport business including, Boeing, Honeywell, Thales, Copa, webjet, Skybus, Volaris, Surf Air, CIT, Deutsche Bank and Burbank Airport. Combined, ATBD people hold more than 60 FAA/ICAO licenses and authorities, speak 8 languages and have done business in more than 50 countries. ATBD is also able to offer qualified international customers financing and credit support offered through the US Ex-Im Bank. For more details, see www.exim.gov.