The Airbus A380s that never were

The Airbus A380s that never were

With the delivery of the final Airbus A380 to Emirates on December 16, the book on the production of the world’s biggest passenger aircraft can be closed. The aircraft registered as A6-EVS is the 251st A380 that has been delivered new to an airline, yet it has...

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...

China Inc to buy up to 90% of ILFC

“China Inc” has agreed to buy 80% of mega-lessor International Lease Finance Corp and optioned another 10%, with major implications for global aviation. ILFC parent AIG, which is still largely owned by the US government after the 2008 bailout following the...