Searching for existing requests is fun, but this seems to be the most relevant place to add my outrage.
I have recently been observing a significant number of intra-alliance sale/leaseback transactions happening in order to keep airlines afloat that should not have continued as a going concern. While this is not specifically against the rules, it gives a big advantage to failing airlines who are able to extract hundreds of millions of dollars out of their owned assets based upon their relationships rather than it being an opportunity available to every airline in a similar position.
Since the airlines interested in such transactions within the game are likely on the brink of insolvency, I propose the following:
1. Disallow sale/leasebacks performed with other players as the buying party (i.e. if Airline A buys a plane from Airline B, that plane can't be leased to airline A for a minimum term)
2. Allow the "leasing companies/bank" to perform sale/leaseback transactions with interested airlines under the following terms -
a. Leasing company pays 60% of the unencumbered aircraft's value (represents risk the leasing company takes on for financing a struggling airline)
b. Airline pays market rate for leasing based upon value
c. Minimum 5 year term for new lease (prevents use as a more cost effective/profitable scrapper.. 7 years might even be needed)
d. Cash received from leasing company would be same as a sale, thus, eligible to be taxed
My proposal would give an option to all airlines that are failing but feel that they're doing enough things right to turn around their operation if they just had more cash handy. The stiff terms are to discourage this from being used as an ongoing method for funding operations.
I would propose that this be moved to a much higher priority due to the fairness to those airlines that are not associated with an alliance that will readily bail them out.