Big and small numbers

FlightGlobal:

Chinese capital’s effect on the market has been marked since 2008, when it represented just 5% of the market, the research shows. Since then, the volume of Chinese capital in aviation has grown by 860%, and now accounts for 28% of the market. Total capital deployed by aircraft lessors has grown 51% to $261 billion, with $71 billion coming from Chinese sources, over the last decade. When Chinese capital is taken out, however, the growth rate is a much more modest 15%. “From a modest share of the leasing marketplace 10 years ago, Chinese capital now accounts for over a quarter of it, and we forecast it will fund over a third of it in just five years’ time,” adds Morris.

We’ve referred to this before, but when you look at 860% and 15%, these differences are mind-boggling.

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