The five most visible and liquid aircraft lease ABS are all very similar in nature, but offer differing levels of value, according to Gus Kelly, senior vice president of debis AirFinance. Each of the five selected transactions were issued prior to Sept. 11, 2001, near or above one billion dollars in size and had similar loan-to-value ratios - approximately 90% - upon pricing.

Another similarity of these deals is that each has experienced ratings downgrades in the two-and-a-half years since the terrorist attacks. EAST was cited as the worst performer, with Airplanes Passthrough Trust and Aircraft Finance Trust close behind.

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