GECAS delivers first A320neo to AirAsia

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed September 16, 2016 10:07

GECAS delivers first A320neo to AirAsia

GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) has delivered its first Airbus A320neo to AirAsia from the purchase-and-leaseback transaction with the airline for five new Airbus A320neo aircraft powered by CFM LEAP engines. This delivery signifies the first A320neo for AirAsia and first A320neo to enter the GECAS portfolio.

Separately, GECAS purchased two Airbus A320s powered by IAE engines from AirAsia and leased to the AirAsia Group two Airbus A320s powered by CFM engines. “This is another example of the large-scale, complex transactions only a company like GECAS can execute with our access to specific aircraft types and financial certainty,” said Antony Snelleman, GECAS Senior Vice President & Regional Manager. “We were able to help AirAsia exit older technology aircraft and move toward greater engine commonality and lower maintenance costs, as well as help them finance their new deliveries through a purchase-and-leaseback.”

AirAsia Berhad’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Asia Aviation Capital Ltd (AACL), is the advisor and originator of the purchase-and-leaseback deal.

AirAsia A320neo

AirAsia A320neo

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed September 16, 2016 10:07