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User currently offlineGnomon From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 981 times:

I notice that a number of airlines lease aircraft from banks. AirTran, for example, leases its entire 717 fleet from Wells Fargo Bank Northwest, according to Bill Harms' census, but company literature says the 717s are financed through Boeing Capital Services.

How do leases of this nature work? Are they leases signed for a term (as in a "traditional" lease from ILFC, AWAS, etc.), or are they some sort of lease-financing arrangement?

Does the aircraft return to the lessor at the termination of the lease with institutions like WFBN, or is the contract renewed indefinitely?

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User currently offlinePenguinflies From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 996 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 3 days 2 hours ago) and read 947 times:

The Boeing Company has incorporated financial services as a key element of its total solutions strategy. Boeing Capital Corporation enhances this strategy by creating new dimensions in financial solutions for our commercial aircraft customers. Financial services for aircraft include new and used Boeing and non-Boeing aircraft such as Boeing, McDonnell Douglas, Airbus, Embraer, Bombardier, etc. Boeing Capital also assists our commercial aircraft finance customers with other financial alternatives and advice in support of bundled solutions for all Boeing products and services.

As a full service financier, the Aircraft Financial Services group specializes in arranging creative finance and lease structures; administration of Boeing financing commitments and guarantees; and offers a broad range of financing options and solutions.

>>I think they are more of a go-between since Boeing Capitol's customers have to meet qualifications. Boeing Capitol then goes shopping for the best financial deal for the airline/business and the financial institution that comes up with the best deal is chosen by Boeing and the Customer (this is a real simplistic outline for the billions that Boeing Capitol handles a year).

Does the aircraft return to the lessor at the termination of the lease with institutions like WFBN, or is the contract renewed indefinitely?

You can find this information out by going to and reading an airline's 10-K annual report. Outlined in there is the lease structure and some useful information about termination of the leases and lease options

hope this helps

User currently offlineAmericanKing From United States of America, joined Jul 2000, 81 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 929 times:

Penguinflies, what does the term 'Wet Lease' mean?

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User currently offline9V-SVE From Singapore, joined Nov 2001, 2066 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (13 years 11 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 908 times:

Wet Lease means leasing the aircraft loaded with fuel plus the pilots and maybe the FAs.

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