PARIS May 9 The world's largest independent
aircraft leasing company, AerCap, sought on Tuesday to
dampen concerns over recent U.S. publicity about weak demand for
wide-body jets, saying there was "good solid demand" for the
most widely traded types.
A number of major U.S. airlines have announced plans to
defer deliveries of long-haul passenger planes, amid reports of
a looming glut of capacity of such aircraft as planemakers bring
out various new models while still upgrading old ones.
AerCap Chief Executive Aengus Kelly said, after the company
reported higher quarterly earnings, that such discussions were
typical across the world.
He added that planemakers were prepared to absorb market
disruption by building a spare buffer into their order books.
He also told reporters AerCap was studying a proposed larger
new version of Boeing's 737 single-aisle jet family, which
industry sources expect to be launched in June.
AerCap has some, mainly single-aisle Airbus aircraft at
Italy's Alitalia, which has gone into administration, but these
represent below one percent of AerCap's portfolio, he added.
(Reporting by Tim Hepher; Editing by Sudip Kar-Gupta)