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Start your engines
01 February 2005
Engine leasing is the trendy new market for banks and lessors. Alexandra Cain takes a look at the new entrants and asks the old guard what their chances of success are.
The presidents of four countries are there, as well as up to
500 journalists. Amid enormous fanfare, inspirational music and
lights, four children on stilts step up to reveal... the latest
It's an unlikely scenario.
Engines do not always generate the same battle to introduce
new models, or create trans-continental trade wars as aircraft
can. While no engine investor will tell you that its business
is glamorous, they will say that engines are a good investment,
possibly even better than aircraft.
The idea of investing in engines is one that has only recently
become popular. "The market has at last accepted engines as an
investment and there is now sufficient proven market demand,"
says Jon Sharp, president and CEO of Engine Lease
Provided the maintenance cycle is properly managed, engines
retain great residual value. Many of the new entrants into the
market need to be prepared for...
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