May 16, 2017, © Leeham Co.: Air Lease Corp., one of the world’s leading lessors, sees
a “quite a bit” of interest from its customers in the prospective Boeing Middle of the Market aircraft, says its CEO, John Plueger.
Speaking at the Airfinance Journal conference in New York today, Plueger acknowledged with some push from moderator Mark Streeter of JP Morgan that pricing needs to be in today’s dollars in the $70m-$75m range.
It’s a figure Plueger has cited in the past.
From his view, Airbus can respond with the oft-discussed “A322,” an airplane with a slight stretch and a new wing, but he believes achieving 5,000nm in range—something the Boeing “797” will likely do—will be difficult. A range of 4,500nm would be achievable.
The A330-800, which he describes as a “terrific product,” could be offered with a lower gross weight and steeply discounted price. “It would be a strong competitor,” Plueger said.