Commercial Aircraft Leasing
The global Commercial Leased Aircraft Asset Portfolio Value is projected to reach US$502 billion by 2024, driven by the healthy outlook for the commercial aerospace industry amidst increasing air passenger traffic, recovery in travel and tourism, rise of low cost carriers (LCCs) in Asia, and increasing airline investments in fleet expansion.

Few of the benefits driving the preference for leasing over purchase include:
  • reduced CAPEX and financial liquidity;
  • capacity flexibility;
  • ability to respond to market conditions in a timely manner through rapid fleet expansion;
  • fleet consistency;
  • and reduced maintenance costs.

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Asia-Pacific represents the largest market worldwide, followed by Europe. The region is also forecast to witness the fastest growth with a CAGR of 9.3% over the analysis period led by factors such as the rise of Hong Kong and Singapore as future global hubs for aircraft leasing; implementation of legislative changes that provide attractive incentives for the growth of service industries including leasing; growing demand for leased narrow body aircraft by LCCs given their versatility and fuel efficiency.  

Summary of Findings
  • Resurgence in Trading Activity and Rise in Demand for Leased Freighter Aircraft to Drive Market Growth
  • Growing Airline Interest in Fuel Efficient Aircraft Pushes Up Lease Rates for Narrow-Body Aircraft
  • Developments in Airport Infrastructure in Developing Countries Bring In New Market Opportunities
  • Tax Benefits and Reduced Need for Capital Outlay Spur Business Interest in Leasing as an Alternative to Purchase of Aircraft
  • Flexible Aircraft Leasing Contracts in Terms of Rental Payments, Extendible Operating Lease, Attractive Maintenance Agreements and Disposal Programs for End-of-Life Aircraft to Strengthen the Reliability of Leasing

Timeline for Analysis
  • Market Estimates and Forecasts for 2016-2024
  • Historic Review 2011-2015

Geographic Markets Analyzed
  • North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Middle East & Africa, and Latin America

Market Segmentation & Classification
  • Aircraft Type:
    • Long Haul & Medium Distance Aircraft Leasing and Regional/Short Haul Aircraft

Major Players
  • AerCap Holdings N.V.
  • Avolon Aerospace Leasing Ltd
  • Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) Ltd.
  • GE Capital Aviation Services
  • SMBC Aviation Capital

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