Chinese conglomerate NWS Holdings has said that Irish aircraft company Goshawk Aviation, its joint venture with Chow Tai Enterprises, will buy Ireland's Sky Aviation Leasing International Ltd (SALI), boosting the value of its fleet of owned, managed and committed aircraft to $9.1 billion.

About 17 new lessees and six countries will be added to Dublin-based Goshawk’s portfolio, expanding its airline lessee base to 65 airlines in 35 countries.

In a separate statement, Canada’s pension investment manager Public Sector Pension Investment Board and ATL Partners said they would sell SALI to Goshawk.

NWS, the logistics and transport service unit of New World Development Co Ltd, said the deal is expected to close in the third quarter of 2018.