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Boeing Widebody Twin Values Improve at Expense of Competition
Product Strategy Finally Falls into Place The values of Boeing's widebody twins continue to achieve stability, if not improvement, as a consequence of renewed orders, while those of Airbus weaken. The capture of an order from Cathay Pacific for 16 B777-300ERs (four will be leased from the International Lease Finance…

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December 12, 2005
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Flight of Enhanced A340-600 Raises Question of Long Term Residuals
The higher gross weight version of the Airbus A340-600 has begun flight testing but the competition from the Boeing B777-300ER is encouraging the development of a much more advanced variant, thereby potentially adversely affecting long-term residuals of existing -600s. The 380-ton version of the A340-600 has taken to the skies…

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December 12, 2005
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50-Seat Regional Jet Rates Slip as Demand Eases and Production Is Suspended
Lease rentals for the 50-seat regional jets have exhibited a decline due to reduced demand and a concern over the levels of actual and potential availability. The lease rentals of the Bombardier CRJ100/CRJ200 have been most impacted by recent problems, although those of the Embraer 145 are also weakening by…

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December 12, 2005
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Older Widebody Values Face Junkyard
The high price of fuel has merely accelerated the inevitable fate of older widebody aircraft rather than precipitated their downfall. While yields are beginning to recover for many international carriers, the appetite for the older widebody is not recording any improvement. The high operating costs and lack of interior flexibility…

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December 12, 2005
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Rentals Reach Their Zenith
The revival in the fortunes of out of production narrowbody lease rentals appears to be running out of steam despite the absence of more modern equipment. Rentals of out of production narrowbodies have enjoyed substantial gains over the last 18 months, sufficient to recoup much of the decline experienced in…

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December 12, 2005
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Dash8-400 Values Enjoy Some Stability
The high price of fuel has managed to renew interest in the Dash8-400 and partially compensate Bombardier for its decision to temporarily halt production of the CRJ200. Since service entry of the Dash8-400 in 2000, values may have failed to inspire but they have also managed to avoid rapid deterioration,…

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December 12, 2005
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GATX Disposal Points to Peak for Values of Older Products
The decision by GATX Corporation to start selling off older equipment points to potential peaking of demand, and therefore the peaking of values and lease rentals of such aircraft. GATX Corporation [NYSE:GMT] announced a plan to focus its aircraft leasing portfolio around its newer, more profitable aircraft. As part of…

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December 12, 2005
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B747-8F Launch Increases Pressure on A380-800 Freighter Residuals
The Boeing B747-8F, offering a payload of 140 tons, provides Airbus with considerable competition and promises to keep residuals of the A380-800F under considerable pressure. The much vaunted launch of the B747-8 and -8F finally took place in November, although only 18 orders from Cargolux and Nippon Cargo Airlines (NCA)…

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December 12, 2005
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