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Feature: 2010 Operating Lease Survey

22 July 2010

Liquidity flows in for operating leasing to fund new companies entering the aircraft market.

Read more: 2010 Operating Lease Survey Kostya Zolotusky Klaus Heinemann ILFC Gecas BBAM

Confidence is back. The mood has changed, but the road to recovery is a long one. Although many agree that the operating lease market has rebounded and is a lot better compared with last year, the industry has not recovered uniformly and still has a way to go before returning to the profitable times of two years ago.

"The changes in the lessor market are transformational," says Kostya Zolotusky, managing director of capital developments, Boeing Capital. "The metamorphosis of the market began - is still going on - at the beginning of the financial crisis where a lot of the large parents of major lessors came under pressure and significantly reduced the amount of unsecured borrowing that lessors could do to fund their portfolios. Aircraft portfolios now had to be financed in different ways."

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