Aerospace, Transportation & Infrastructure Division

The Aerospace, Transportation & Infrastructure Division operates businesses in social infrastructure and acts as a sales agent for commercial aircraft and defense systems and aircraft leasing, in addition to handling business jet services, airport and industrial park management, railway infrastructure, railcar MRO business, freight car leasing, and a range of marine vessel businesses.

Division Strategy

We will enhance business operations in sectors with predicted market growth, such as business jets, aircrafts, and defense systems. At the same time, we are focusing on businesses which act as platforms for collaboration inside and outside the company in transportation and social infrastructure, such as airport and industrial park management and urban development in emerging countries. In North America, we are optimizing cost-effectiveness and the life cycle of our transportation and social infrastructure businesses, such as our railway business.

Masakazu Hashimoto

Managing Executive Officer, COO
Aerospace, Transportation & Infrastructure Division

With global economic expansion and diversifying values, we expect to see a steady acceleration in the flow of people and products. The Aerospace, Transportation & Infrastructure Division is involved in three major modes of transportation: aircrafts (air), railcars (land), and marine vessels (sea). We will create new businesses that anticipate market needs to increase convenience and provide new value, as well as optimize operations in our current transportation businesses while considering the full life cycle of related services in order to contribute to the sustainable development of regional economies.

The Aerospace, Transportation & Infrastructure Division aims to provide effective solutions to address the social issues that continue to evolve with the times. By combining our transportation and social infrastructure businesses, we can provide high-functioning airports, industrial parks, and urban development projects that implement digital transformation (DX) and decarbonization solutions such as next-generation air-mobility, hydrogen fueled aircrafts, and marine vessels powered by sustainable new fuels. By taking a holistic approach to build cross-business synergy, and fostering internal and external collaboration, Sojitz will create businesses that appeal to customers and garner public support.

In terms of talent development, we will make use of employees’ strengths, as they possess a wealth of knowledge in all fields of expertise while promoting reform of company culture to promote employee growth and encourage employees to take on new challenges. We aim to combine employees’ expertise and diverse backgrounds to create teams of driven and adaptable employees who create business, make connections, and pursue professional development through project development and operation.

Strengths of the Division

  • Experience in the aircraft sales business

    with more than 1,000
    aircraft sold,

    accounting for the top market
    share in japan

  • Create a shared collaborative platform

    (airports, industrial parks, urban development, railway)

  • Extensive expertise

    in the shipbuilding and marine transport business with

    a vast network in Japan and overseas

  • Over 50 years of business experience in the aerospace, transportation, and marine vessel fields
  • Ability to collect and analyze information related to the aerospace industry, enabling us to develop an understanding of the needs and issues of aircraft manufacturers, airlines, leasing companies, parts related companies, and airport facilities companies amongst others
  • Ability to supply and propose integrated transportation infrastructure solutions
  • Ability to pursue synergy with other divisions in airport management business projects
  • Comprehensive capabilities in the marine vessel field, leveraging a wealth of knowledge and a robust overseas network
  • Over 25 years of experience in the development, sale, and management of industrial parks

External Environment


  • Recovery in global aircraft demand and inbound demand following alleviation of restrictions imposed around the world in response to the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Rising demand for transportation, airport, harbor, and social infrastructure in emerging countries due to increases in population and economic growth
  • Demand for upgrading to aircraft and marine vessels using alternative fuel sources in response to environmental regulations
  • Growth in next-generation air mobility market driven by technological progress


  • Financial and economic stagnation and event risks such as natural disasters
  • Varied impacts on individual businesses from changes in U.S.–China relations, the war in Ukraine, and other international trends and changes in regulations by country
  • Fluctuations in shipping market conditions due to trends in maritime transportation and demand for space on ships
  • Rising procurement costs in association with business investments and asset ownership businesses following changes in U.S. financial industry and interest rate hikes

Global Operations

Business Map

Sales agent for commercial aircrafts: Boeing 787-9

Airport infrastructure business: Palau International Airport(Palau)

Business Overview

■ Commercial Aircraft Sales Agent Business and Aircraft Asset Business

Sojitz has served as a sales agent for Boeing commercial aircraft for over 65 years since signing its first sales agreement with The Boeing Company in 1956. Sojitz has since collaborated with Boeing to supply passenger aircraft to airlines in Japan and currently holds the top share of the domestic market. With bases in Tokyo, Amsterdam, and Singapore, our aircraft leasing business handles operating leases, Japanese Operating Leases (JOLs), and post-sales management and remarketing of client-owned aircraft. As an exit strategy within the aviation value chain, our parts-out business takes reusable and resalable parts retrieved when aircraft are dismantled for disposal and returns these parts to the aircraft market. Through this parts-out business, Sojitz is helping to increase the business efficiency of companies in the aviation industry and ultimately improve the industry’s positive environmental impact through the effective use of resources.

■ Business Jet Business

Sojitz invested in Phenix Jet Group, in 2017, and began collaborating with ANA HOLDINGS INC. in 2018. In July 2022, Sojitz acquired full ownership of Japcon Group, a company providing business jet operation and maintenance services in Japan. Business jet demand has remained strong, even amid the COVID-19 pandemic, and we also look to capitalize on the new demand projected to emerge after the pandemic. In addition, we are examining the possibility of conducting M&A activities for the purpose of enhancing functions so as to supply higher-value-added services that accommodate a more diverse range of customer needs and to thereby expand earnings in this area.

■ Transportation Infrastructure Business

Sojitz is contributing to infrastructure development in India through collaboration with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on construction projects including a dedicated freight corridor between Delhi and Mumbai, and a high-speed railway between Mumbai and Ahmedabad. The Canadian MRO company in which we invested in 2015 is also continuing to ensure steady earnings for our North American railway business. Sojitz also invested in a North American railcar leasing company in March 2021. Our goal going forward is to stabilize our earnings while broadening our scope of operations in North America so that we can leverage our accumulated expertise in a variety of ways.

■ Airport Management Business

We are actively involved in the airport management business, both overseas in countries including Palau and in Japan in locations such as Shimojishima and Kumamoto. The division aims to contribute to the revitalization of regional communities through steady expansion of existing airport business operations. We are using the experience gained from these businesses to strengthen our airport management and operation functions and working to achieve synergy with other Sojitz Group businesses, including the catering business, as we seek to expand our earnings foundation.

■ Marine Vessel Business

Sojitz transferred its marine vessel business from Sojitz Marine & Engineering Corporation (now Sojitz Machinery Corporation) to the Aerospace, Transportation & Infrastructure Division in April 2021. The division leverages Sojitz’s extensive knowledge and vast network (including two operating bases in Japan and five overseas) in order to provide a one-stop service that encompasses a wide range of marine transport needs, including purchase and sale of new and secondhand vessels, ship chartering, freight transport, and owned vessel management.

In addition to our existing trade partnerships in matured business fields, we are aiming to convert to a fee-based revenue model by transitioning from the vessel ownership business to a fund-saving vessel management business that leverages outside capital. Moving forward, we seek to seize current green energy and digital transformation trends to enter new business fields including new marine fuels and ship demolition in order to increase the positive environmental impact of the marine transport industry.

In addition to our existing trade partnerships in matured business fields, we are aiming to convert to a fee-based revenue model by transitioning from the vessel ownership business to a fund-saving vessel management business that leverages outside capital. Moving forward, we seek to seize current green energy and digital transformation trends to enter new business fields including new marine fuels and ship demolition in order to increase the positive environmental impact of the marine transport industry.

■ Industrial and Urban Infrastructure Businesses

We are developing and operating industrial parks in emerging Asian countries. Sojitz contributes to the sustainable development of local communities by providing high-quality utility services as well as supplying high-value-added digital transformation (DX) and decarbonization services. In the Indonesia’s Deltamas City, Sojitz is engaged in a comprehensive urban development project with ever-growing value that is well positioned for the future. The city integrates residential, commercial, industrial, administrative, educational, and medical facilities.


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