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What Is GE Capital?

Fri Aug 04, 2000 4:50 am

An airline to transport workers of GE around? I see they have placed a lot of orders for aircraft. Are they that big?
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RE: What Is GE Capital?

Fri Aug 04, 2000 4:56 am

GE Capital is a leasing company. They buy planes to lease back to various commercial airlines. Hope that helps. I'm sure someone else can/will expound. . .
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RE: What Is GE Capital?

Fri Aug 04, 2000 5:00 am

It leases planes to airlines. Full name is GE Capital Leasing Services, or GECAS.

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RE: What Is GE Capital?

Fri Aug 04, 2000 8:04 am

GECAS stands for GE Capital Aviation Services.
They are indeed very big.

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RE: What Is GE Capital?

Fri Aug 04, 2000 10:58 am


for your information, GE Capital is the world biggest non-bank finance company. Not Big, Huge!

At the beginning, they used GECAS to help to sell GE aircrafts engine. Now, GECAS finance any kind of airplane with any engines.

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RE: What Is GE Capital?

Fri Aug 04, 2000 11:52 pm

for all intents and purposes, another ILFC

RE: What Is GE Capital?

Sat Aug 05, 2000 2:48 am

They have a very good website at;
It includes aircraft specs of the A320 and B737NG families, and virtual tours of the cabins and flightdecks of an Aeroflot B767-300, Futura B737-800 and China Eastern A320.


RE: What Is GE Capital?

Sat Aug 05, 2000 3:12 am

I think ACVitale is the most qualified to answer this one.... ACV?....  
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RE: What Is GE Capital?

Sat Aug 05, 2000 6:02 pm

GECAS is my employer. We are the largest aircraft leasing company in the world. We are much larger then ILFC. We own more planes then any airline. Our portfolio of aircraft valuation is in trillions of dollars.

Currenlty we lease to around 280 different airlines and companies with a portfolio that ranges from single engine piston planes to 744's. (Yes we have orders for A3XX's too)

We lease new aircraft with finance and operating leases. We also do aircraft leases on sale leaseback arrangements with operating leases. In addition to aircraft we lease engines, ground equipment, gates, and real-estate if it is aviation related. If not we have a non-aviation GE Capital division.

We also sell aircraft. Currently this year alone we have sold over 100 aircraft ranging from 727-100s to 767-300s. If you have a more specific question feel free to ask and I will try to answer.

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Sat Aug 05, 2000 6:49 pm


Hypothetical question here. Say I am an airline and I need 3 767-300ERs... what are the typical timetables in getting an aircraft? Is it feasible to acquire the planes within 3-4 months? Or do these deals take longer?

Basically what I am curious about is how quickly an operator could get a plane from you guys ready to fly.

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RE: What Is GE Capital?

Sun Aug 06, 2000 5:19 am

The 767-300ERs are available near instantly. Generally, It would take around 2-3 weeks to get you them to allow for inspections and any necessary repairs, configuring the seating to your configuration and painting the aircraft in your livery. (Assuming GE engines. With PW 4K series engines it would be a bit longer as we currently have a small shortage on those. Would depend on who had them coming off lease.)
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RE: What Is GE Capital?

Sun Aug 06, 2000 11:14 am

I didn't know that GECAS was bigger than ILFC!  

Actually, I believe that many of Europe's airlines fly fleets of A319/A320/A321 planes all leased from either GECAS or ILFC. Mostly because (I think) many European airlines can't afford to buy the plane for the long term and would rather get the plane on a lease. Given that CFM International engines power the majority of the A319/A320/A321 fleet and the A340's, GECAS must be able to wring out a pretty good deal on things like engine services. GECAS must be doing land office business with Inclusive Tour (IT) operators in Europe, since these companies almost by rule lease their planes.

In fact, I can almost say that when NW orders their replacement for the D10 fleet (e.g., either the 764 or A333), they might just do it through a GECAS long-term lease.

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