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Author Topic: Buying a aircraft?  (Read 579 times)


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Buying a aircraft?
« on: February 07, 2012, 07:51:28 PM »
I want to get some pro recomendation about one issue. Currently I have 8 airliner and I am saving some money to buy at least one cheap plane (dash 8-Q) Shall I do it or keep going to lease more plane instead of saving and owning one?  As far as I read from discussions it is recommended because of increasing stability of the airline financial situation...

Offline diskoerekto

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Re: Buying a aircraft?
« Reply #1 on: February 07, 2012, 08:09:54 PM »
It all depends on the situation of your base. Is there competition? Not only another company in your base, are there companies in other airports that may fly to your base? Are there "juicy" routes not flown yet? What is the second hand market like about the planes you are flying?

First fly to routes that will make you money with leased planes especially if finding those planes are hard. You wouldn't want other companies to lease those planes if they are hard to find when you tie all your money to a bought plane. When route-grabbing ends and the current loans of your planes are running out you can buy those planes out.
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Offline schro

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Re: Buying a aircraft?
« Reply #2 on: February 07, 2012, 08:19:11 PM »
I typically start buying planes when my cashflow is greater than the cost of maxing out my used market leasing of new planes to fly - typically that mark is around the 30 plane mark.  I also buy at year end to balance out taxes if need be.


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Re: Buying a aircraft?
« Reply #3 on: February 08, 2012, 04:31:58 AM »
There is no need to buy too soon. That is a mistake that will limit your growth. Why lease 8 planes and own one when you can lease 20 planes for the same money?

As long as you will use the planes efficiently, leasing is the way to go (at the beginning).

But when you are generating cash flow, the only way to make you BK proof is by owning your planes..... there is no science involved. If you own your planes, you can always compete heads up in routes without loosing your shirt.


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