Korean Air ABS set to fly

SG mandated for $300 million future flow deal.

Korean Air Lines KAL, Korea's largest air carrier and part of the Hanjin Group, is set to make its first foray into the asset-backed securitization ABS market with a deal worth up to $300 million, say bankers familiar with the transaction. Although the bank declined to comment, it is widely known that SG has been selected as arranger and bookrunner, with an as yet unknown domestic Korean house employed in a supporting role.

The deal could be launched next month but may be held over until early next year depending on prevailing market conditions, bankers add.

KAL's offering will be backed by future air ticket receivables, and will be the first such deal...

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