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Score the Best Aircraft Financing Deal

The past couple of years have been tough for business jet manufacturers.

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Attractive valuations have caused some preowned markets to be picked over, a trend that should eventually help send jet buyers back to the airframers. Falling prices have also proved challenging for business jet financiers, who would prefer to see values hold up (generally, a vain hope), or at least decline at slower rates. For lenders, jets are collateral, and for leasing companies, they’re assets on the balance sheet that must eventually be sold. At banks and finance companies with underwater business jet portfolios, appetites for swallowing more jet financings have abated, which in some cases has led to a renewed focus on financing aircraft for existing clients rather than for all comers, a position encouraged by the new Basel III banking requirements... (continued on PDF)