but you have to consider the deals that Airbus gave for the 320
Good grief, we're back to that one again? I had hoped that this line had finally gone away, but I guess it really is here to stay.
Dan2002, do you honestly think that airlines such as Air France, British Airways, Lufthansa, United, South African Airways, Finnair and TAM all only bought the A320 series because the acquisition costs were low?
An salesperson with that attitude would be thrown out the door of most, if not all, airlines within minutes of his arrival.
It just does not work that way: airlines don't buy planes based on the acquisition price alone - if they know that they'll be paying for their selection within a short timeframe, such as your numbers suggest, they won't make that selection... only the most desperate of airlines would make a selection based on acquisition cost and short term savings, all others take the long term effect into consideration.
And using figures from Airbus' or Boeing's website in a discussion such as this... please...
-IOR, if you want or need reliable numbers, contact ILFC, GECAS or other leasing companies - they'll be able to give you those numbers (but I'd really have a good concept about a startup carrier available when contacting them - don't think they're likely to give out those numbers to anyone asking).