Issuance of bonds backed by aircraft leases is booming as airlines turn to lessors to fill gaps in their fast-expanding fleets in response to falling energy prices and rising passenger traffic. They are increasingly booking the older, less fuel-efficient airplanes in lessor’s fleets, which can now be operated profitably.

Lessors are taking advantage of the demand to offload leases on aging fleets from their books through securitization, and using the proceeds to acquire newer-production models.

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