LordHowe From Finland, joined Jan 2003, 728 posts, RR: 1 Posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 20 hours ago) and read 2115 times:
Finnair has announced on monday this week that they have sold and leased back their oldest MD11 (OH-LGA). The lease-back agreement is for six years. For a month ago they did the same thing with another MD11. The newest one to come this spring to their fleet (LGE) is also leased so AY owns only two of their total of five MD11s.
Garuda From Indonesia, joined Nov 2000, 584 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 14 hours ago) and read 1961 times:
It's just a matter of cold hard cash...
By selling an airplane and leasing it back, Finnair will get the cash up front, and just pay leasing fee every fixed period (monthly, quarterly, etc). In the long run it will be more expensive, but when the airline needs cash immediately, this might be the best option.
LordHowe From Finland, joined Jan 2003, 728 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 1928 times:
It is also a matter of renewing their fleet. Now they know excactly when they get rid of these planes and can plan their future long haul fleet accordingly.
AY has sold two of their 122 pax DC9s to Tikal Jets Airlines from Guatemala. Their plan is to sell all (resting six) of their DC9s so that they can concentrate more on their Airbus 320 -family. By the end of this year AY will have 24 Airbuses (319-321).
At least 13 of AYs altogether 15 current MD80 fleet are also leased.
Maybe this selling and leasing back of MD11s means that their future long haul fleet will also come from Airbus.
Mr AirNZ From New Zealand, joined Feb 2002, 809 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 1 week 1 day 21 hours ago) and read 1822 times:
If you read above you will see that even though they have sold it, they still plan to operate it until 2009. It does not matter who 'owns' the aircraft, it will still be used to carry passnegers for the foreseeable future.