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Aircraft leasing - statistics & facts

Aircraft leasing involves the use of a lease by airlines and other aircraft operators to obtain an aircraft from either another airline or from a leasing company. With 181 billion U.S. dollars required in funding by 2023 to meet new aircraft demand, the necessity to lease is born by the need to operate an aircraft without the financial burden of having to buy them. Aircraft leasing may also be used by an airline company in providing a temporary increase in capacity.

Types of leasing

In the airline leasing industry, aircraft can either be leased using wet-leasing for short-term leasing, dry-leasing for longer-term leases, or through a combination of both. The region with the largest fleet of aircraft on operating lease was Europe with 3,500 aircraft on lease in 2017. It is closely followed by North America with 3,324 aircraft on lease in that same time period.

Sources of financing

Two of the main funding sources in the aircraft leasing market are through capital markets and bank debt. Funding can also be obtained using cash or export credit. North America is one of the main region for commercial bank debt used for Boeing deliveries. In 2020, North America accounted for 35 percent of the bank debt.

A giant lessor in the making?

Globally, the largest independent aircraft leasing company is the Irish company AerCap. In 2020, AerCap’s fleet was valued at almost 29.8 billion U.S. dollars. The Irish-American company GECAS is the largest leasing company for commercial aircraft. The company had an estimated fleet size of around 1,074 aircraft in that same year. In March 2021, GECAS's parent company General Electric announced a 30 billion U.S. dollars deal to merge GECAS with AerCap. Should the merger go forward, the giant lessor will have 16 percent of the global aircraft leasing market.

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Aircraft leasing - statistics & facts

Aircraft leasing involves the use of a lease by airlines and other aircraft operators to obtain an aircraft from either another airline or from a leasing company. With 181 billion U.S. dollars required in funding by 2023 to meet new aircraft demand, the necessity to lease is born by the need to operate an aircraft without the financial burden of having to buy them. Aircraft leasing may also be used by an airline company in providing a temporary increase in capacity.

Types of leasing

In the airline leasing industry, aircraft can either be leased using wet-leasing for short-term leasing, dry-leasing for longer-term leases, or through a combination of both. The region with the largest fleet of aircraft on operating lease was Europe with 3,500 aircraft on lease in 2017. It is closely followed by North America with 3,324 aircraft on lease in that same time period.

Sources of financing

Two of the main funding sources in the aircraft leasing market are through capital markets and bank debt. Funding can also be obtained using cash or export credit. North America is one of the main region for commercial bank debt used for Boeing deliveries. In 2020, North America accounted for 35 percent of the bank debt.

A giant lessor in the making?

Globally, the largest independent aircraft leasing company is the Irish company AerCap. In 2020, AerCap’s fleet was valued at almost 29.8 billion U.S. dollars. The Irish-American company GECAS is the largest leasing company for commercial aircraft. The company had an estimated fleet size of around 1,074 aircraft in that same year. In March 2021, GECAS's parent company General Electric announced a 30 billion U.S. dollars deal to merge GECAS with AerCap. Should the merger go forward, the giant lessor will have 16 percent of the global aircraft leasing market.

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