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Buying or leasing? That’s the question

Leasing of aircraft has taken a jump. Yet airlines prefer to buy them outright too. Richard Schuurman looks at the trends. Over the half a century of airliner leasing it has been a booming business. “In 1970 a half of one percent of the world’s fleet was leased. In...

That bubble keeps building

The huge backlogs Airbus and Boeing have for single aisle aircraft are well known.  Both firms have backlogs of about seven years at current production levels.  Both firms are talking about and planning to increase their production rates to bring down the backlogs. We...

The Chinese aircraft leasing impact

China is the coming air travel market.  In sympathy, the rest of the supply chain is growing - from COMAC to the leasing firms.  The top three Chinese aircraft lessors are heading for Hong Kong IPOs.  Not to be left out, Hong Kong tycoon Li Ka-sing is also entering...

BOC Aviation – Bucking Lessor Trends in Engine Selection?

On March 13th, Bank of China Aviation made an announcement that it had selected IAE V2500 engines for an order for 12 A320s. We decided to look into this engine selection and evaluated this growing lessors A320 family engine selection over the years. The company has...