Aviation


Our Aviation team offer high levels of expertise, knowledge and experience. Each of our team specialises in their own class of business, however we are also a multidisciplinary team able to write all classes within our scope of appetite.

As part of the MS&AD group, we benefit from the global reach and financial strength of one of the top ten non life insurance companies in the world. Added to the Lloyd's chain of security, we are one of the most financially sound syndicates in the market today.

All business is written on a subscription basis through Syndicate 3210 and we are able to lead in all of the classes that we write. Along with exceptional service, we can also offer high levels of capacity. With the exception of Japanese parented business, we can write on a worldwide basis. We accept all of the major classes of Aviation other than Space, which can be written through our parent company in Japan.

We pride ourselves on offering an innovative and flexible approach to risk backed up by swift response times and easy accessibility to the underwriting and claims team with a daily presence at the box in Lloyd's and our also at our conveniently located offices in London.

Airline

We write commercial passenger and charter airlines on both a ground up and an excess liability basis. All Airline placements are written through Syndicate 3210 at Lloyd's with the exception of Japanese based airlines which are written through our sister company MSI Japan. We will lead or follow and can offer co-insurance participations on the largest risks currently placed in the market. This line size combined with our strong financial strength can greatly benefit our clients and brokers on these programmes.

Aerospace

We write a broad spectrum of Aerospace products manufacturers, Airport and Airservices providers. Examples of risks within this section that we currently support include:

  • Aerospace Products
  • Airframe and engine manufacturers
  • Major and minor Component manufacturers
  • Fuel Refiners
  • Maintenance, repair and overhaul providers
  • Airport and Air services provider
  • Major International Airports and multi-location placements
  • Minor and regional Airports including small airfields and helipads
  • Air Traffic Control providers and Civil Aviation Authorities
  • Ground handlers and Ramp service operators
  • Aircraft refuellers
  • Fixed Based Operators
  • Security screening companies and other Airport Contractors

With our strong financial backing we are able to offer lead or supporting participations on the largest limits in the market and are also able to write many smaller Aerospace risks on a 100% basis.

General Aviation

Our focus in Aviation is on Commercial and Industrial Aid operators which we write on both a direct and reinsurance basis. Our experienced team of General Aviation Underwriters have the knowledge and expertise to lead risks from the smaller single aircraft operations right through to the largest fleets and most complex group placements currently insured. Examples of the type of risks we cover are shown below:

  • Fixed Wing and Rotor Wing operators who provide
    • Industrial Aid
    • Commercial Services
    • As well as ad hoc charter
  • EMS Operators
  • Off-Shore Rotor Wing Support Operators
  • Regional Airlines
  • Incidental Hangarkeepers and Premises Liability
  • General Aviation Hull War
  • Governmental and VVIP Aircraft and Operations

With our strong financial backing we are able to offer lead or supporting participations on the largest limits in the market which continues to be an attraction to both Brokers and Clients alike.

Claims

The philosophy of close communication and proactive claims management provides a pragmatic and highly flexible approach in settling all types of aviation claim. This coupled with our principle of building close and longstanding relationships with our clients and brokers helps us to ensure a high level of support for our customers when the worst happens. This is demonstrated by our syndicate regularly attaining a top quartile service rating from Lloyd's, in which we take great pride.

Key Aviation Contacts


Billy Guy

Class Underwriter
Mob: (+44) 7736 458 449
Desk: (+44) 20 7977 8385

Alastair Urquhart

Class Underwriter
Mob: (+44) 7837 040 501
Desk: (+44) 20 7977 8395

James Braithwaite

Underwriter
Mob: (+44) 7837 040 496
Desk: (+44) 20 7977 8391

Alex Taylor

Underwriter
Mob: (+44) 7827 016 972
Desk: (+44) 20 7977 8377

Andrew Webster

Underwriter
Mob: (+44) 7891 775 915
Desk: (+44) 20 7977 8332

I joined MSIG in 2013. I started my career in 1989 at Alexander Howden. In 1994 I moved to join the HSBC General Aviation broking team as a technician and placing broker. In 2001 I joined Aon Aviation specialising in the placement of Latin American Aviation risks. I then moved internally to concentrate on General Aviation. In 2005 I moved to the underwriting side of the business when I joined GE Frankona; writing a worldwide General Aviation account. My particular area of expertise is offshore rotor wing risks.
I started my insurance career at Sturge Aviation in 1993. In 1999 I joined Wellington and then moved to join MSIG in 2007. My overall experience allows me to write all aspects of Aviation business but my specific area of expertise lies with airlines and aerospace. I graduated from Birmingham University with a BEng & Com. I also am Cert CII. I take a great deal of interest in the aviation market as a whole and am currently Chairman of the Airline Study group of the International Union of Aerospace Insurers. I am also a member of the IIL London Market Issues Committee and an active member and Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Insurers.
I joined MSIG in 2007 from Wellington Underwriting. My career started back in 1980 when I joined CT Bowring as a North American broker. In 1992 I moved along with a senior team of brokers to set up the London Aviation operation for Johnson and Higgins. In 1998 Marsh merged with J&H and I decided to move to join the Aon Aviation team. In 2003 I was offered the opportunity to move on to the underwriting side of the business with Wellington. My area of particular expertise is with Products and Aerospace risks.
I joined MSIG in 2007 from Wellington Underwriting. My particular area of expertise lies around products, airports and airline accounts. In addition to my underwriting activities, I am also responsible for the peer review and rating functions for the aviation team. In 2006 I graduated from the London School of Economics with a degree in Geography and Economics. I am also ACII qualified.
I joined MSIG in 2007 having previously worked with the Aviation team at Wellington since 2003. In 2002 I graduated from the University of Warwick with a degree in Biological Sciences. I gained my ACII status in 2006. I was fortunate enough to be awarded the Jean Taylor Memorial prize for Aviation Insurance as well as the Aviation Insurance Associated prize. In 2009 I was delighted to be asked by the CII to help review the aviation module. I am also a Chartered Insurer.