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zionite
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Used A320neo - no takers?

Fri Aug 12, 2022 5:30 am

As on now, Indigo has returned 8 A320neo with P&W engines to the lessors after using it for slightly less than 6 years. This is as per their routine trend to return just before its C-Check is due.

However the first ones were returned in March 2022. Even after 5 months, there's no information on where it will be heading to after their checks.

I thought A320neo would be in great demand and would be gone like hot cakes. Are they in some kind of cool off period between 2 leases?

Am I missing something here?
 
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Re: Used A320neo - no takers?

Fri Aug 12, 2022 6:26 am

So much impatience over where 6E's used A320neo's land up. Jeez! And I hear this elsewhere too.

It's most likely going through a D-check which could take up to two months. Add to that the time lag due legal hurdles of moving plane between countries and their registries. Also, the new operator would want them at a certain time frame, for which they'd be preserved till.
 
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Re: Used A320neo - no takers?

Fri Aug 12, 2022 9:48 am

Five months is a relatively short period of time. I remember it took quite a few months for ex-Indigo A320s to be returned to Scoot a few years ago. That was a simple return to the owner - I would imagine aircraft needing C or D checks will take a bit longer. The transfer from one lease customer to a new one will also need more time. There may also be the possibility of frames being purchased for conversion to freighters.

On the secondhand market, the A320Ceos are freely available and at cheaper lease rates. Used A320Neos may not enjoy the high demand of the Ceos or brand new Neos.
 
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Re: Used A320neo - no takers?

Fri Aug 12, 2022 10:12 am

avier wrote:
So much impatience over where 6E's used A320neo's land up. Jeez! And I hear this elsewhere too.

It's most likely going through a D-check which could take up to two months. Add to that the time lag due legal hurdles of moving plane between countries and their registries. Also, the new operator would want them at a certain time frame, for which they'd be preserved till.


A320s don’t have D checks, should be A/C1/C2/C3/C4,

A - 1200 hrs
C1 - 36 months
C2 - 72 months
C3 - 108 months
C4 - 144 months

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