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How many Boeing/Airbus aircraft are bought outright new?

Thu Aug 30, 2018 11:32 am

As the title states, how many brand new Boeing or Airbus jets are actually bought by airlines brand new "in full"? It is my understanding that most airlines lease the aircraft through various companies that specialize in managing the physical purchase of the aircraft and at a later date may buy the plane out from the leasing company. Being able to allocate sometimes several billion dollars of cash towards buying aircraft (say ten 747-8 aircraft for around 3.5 billion) seems like it would be a huge expenditure on the part of a company.
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Re: How many Boeing/Airbus aircraft are bought outright new?

Thu Aug 30, 2018 5:18 pm

All airplanes are bought new. I think what you are asking is what is the percentage of airplanes purchased directly by the operator vs the percentage that are purchased by leasing companies.

Interesting question. I’ll look it up and see if I can find an answer. Maybe someone else knows.
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Re: How many Boeing/Airbus aircraft are bought outright new?

Thu Aug 30, 2018 6:52 pm

A certain Texas 737 operator I fly for pays cash money free and clear for aircraft. Some may subsequently be used as collateral for lines of credit... is that what you meant?
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Re: How many Boeing/Airbus aircraft are bought outright new?

Wed Sep 05, 2018 3:55 pm

As of 2017 the majority of the LH group fleet is owned by the group. For example, the 32 B747 and 14 A380 are owned by LH.

Source and more info: LUFTHANSA GROUP ANNUAL REPORT 2017, page 21

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