Operating lessors today manage 40% of the commercial jet passenger fleet and are a key player in the aviation industry. Forty years ago, operating lessors accounted for less than 2% of the fleet and even by the early 1990s, they still managed only 15%. Lessors depend on the trading of used aircraft to make their return on investment, but has their own growth and dominance changed the trading landscape? With more lessors actively moving aircraft through sales and leases, have we seen fundamental changes in used aircraft trading patterns?
Using Flight Fleets Analyzer data, we’ve looked at macro trading patterns of mid-life Western-built jet aircraft over the past 40 years to examine if they have any correlation with the rise of operating lessors.
Source: Cirium Dashboard