Diverging financial fortunes for Airlines and Lessors

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By Vincent Valery


Air Lease Corporation A321 XLR Rendering Credit: Airbus

April 5, 2021, © Leeham News: Most airlines and lessors that publish their financial results publicly have done so for 2020. The COVID-19 pandemic harmed all stakeholders' financials in the commercial aviation industry. However, the impact varies significantly from one group to another. There are also significant differences between companies within a group.

LNA collected financial information on airlines and lessors to assess the pandemic's economic damage. The differences in financial impact have altered the balance of power within the commercial aviation ecosystem. The varying fortunes will impact each stakeholder's say in current and future aircraft programs.

  • A financial bloodbath for airlines;
  • Financial outliers;
  • Lessors mostly ok for now;
  • Impact on future OEM programs.

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