AerCap Holdings N.V. is the largest aircraft leasing company after acquiring International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) in 2014,[2] then GECAS from General Electric in 2021.[3] Its assets include wide-body aircraft, regional jets, cargo aircraft, aircraft engines, and helicopters. General Electric owns 45.4% of the company.[1]

AerCap Holdings N.V.
TypePublic company
IndustryAircraft leasing
Founded2006; 16 years ago (2006)
Key people
  • Aengus Kelly CEO
  • Peter Anderson CCO
  • Pete Juhas CFO
  • Vincent Drouillard GC
Revenue Increase $5.224 billion (2021)
Increase $1.009 billion (2021)
Total assets Increase $74.569 billion (2021)
Total equity Increase $16.647 billion (2021)
Number of employees
736 (2021)
Footnotes / references



As of December 31, 2021, it had 3,701 aircraft, engines and helicopters owned, on order or managed, including 1,756 owned aircraft, 196 managed aircraft, 417 new aircraft on order, with a weighted average age of 7.1 years, and over 900 owned and managed aircraft engines, primarily manufactured by General Electric and CFM International. Through Milestone Aviation Group, its subsidiary, it owns 355 helicopters.

The company is one of the largest purchasers of aircraft from Boeing, Airbus, and Embraer and one of the largest purchasers of aircraft engines from CFM International, GE Aviation, International Aero Engines, Pratt & Whitney, and Rolls-Royce Limited.[1]


Its Helicopters are leased to companies including CHC Helicopter, Bristow Helicopters, Saudi Aramco, and Babcock International. The company's cargo division serves customers including Amazon, Maersk, and ASL Airlines Ireland. The company leases aircraft primarily via operating leases under which the lessee is responsible for the maintenance and servicing of the equipment during the lease term and the company receives the residual value of the equipment at the end of the lease. The company serves over 300 customers in 80 countries.[1]

In 2021, its largest customers based on percentage of revenue were American Airlines (7.6% of 2021 revenues), China Southern Airlines (7.1% of 2021 revenues), Air France (4.9% of 2021 revenues), Azul Brazilian Airlines (4.7% of 2021 revenues), and Ethiopian Airlines (3.2% of 2021 revenues).[1]


It has its headquarters in Dublin, and offices in Shannon, Miami, Singapore, Amsterdam, Shanghai and Abu Dhabi. It also has representative offices near the headquarters of largest aircraft manufacturers: Boeing in Seattle and Airbus in Toulouse.[4]


Aercap traces its history to Guinness Peat Aviation, founded in 1975 by Tony Ryan. In 1998, it became AERFI after a bailout from Texas Pacific Group. In 2000, it was acquired by Debis AirFinance, owned by Daimler Chrysler, for $750 million.[5]

In 2005, Debis AirFinance was acquired by affiliates of Cerberus Capital Management, which formed AerCap.[6] In 2006, the company set up AerVenture, a 50/50 joint venture with LoadAir/Al Fawares. In 2009, after its partners refused to fund a capital contribution, Waha Capital acquired their 50% stake and became partners with AerCap.[7]

In January 2007, the company became a public company via an initial public offering.[8] In March 2010, the company acquired Genesis Lease.[9][10] By 2013, the affiliates of Cerberus sold substantially all of their shares in the company.[11]

In May 2022, the company reported a net loss of $2 billion due to the seizure of its planes and engines by the Russian authorities. AerCap lost 113 planes due to sanctions triggered by the war in Ukraine.[12]

ILFC acquisitionEdit

In May 2014, the company acquired International Lease Finance Corporation from American International Group (AIG) for $3.0 billion of cash and $4.6 billion in stock.[13][14] The deal gave AerCap $43 billion in total assets and a fleet of over 1,300 aircraft, compared to competitor GE Capital Aviation Services with a fleet of 1,800+ aircraft.[citation needed]

In January 2015, the company shifted assets to Ireland.[15] In June 2015, AerCap signed an agreement with Boeing for an order of 100 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft with deliveries starting in 2019.[16] In June 2015, AIG sold about 71.2 million shares in a public offering and AerCap purchased an additional 15.7 million of its shares from AIG.[17] In August 2015, AIG completed its departure from the airplane-leasing business with the sale of the additional 10.7 million shares.[18][19]

By the end of 2015, AerCap's portfolio consisted of 1,697 aircraft that were owned, on order, under contract or managed (including aircraft owned by AerDragon, a non-consolidated joint venture). The average age of the owned fleet as of December 31, 2015 was 7.7 years and the average remaining contracted lease term was 5.9 years. In 2015, AerCap leased, purchased and sold 405 aircraft. The company signed lease agreements for 276 aircraft and purchased 46 new aircraft. AerCap executed sale and part-out transactions for 83 aircraft and signed financing transactions for US$7.3 billion.[20]

In February 2016, AerCap reported record 2015 financial results and authorized a share repurchase program of $400 million.[21] In 2016, AerCap signed lease agreements for 279 aircraft, purchased 38 and sold 141 aircraft, and signed financing transactions for $4.6 billion; as of December 31, 2016, it has 1,566 owned, managed or on order aircraft in its portfolio.[22]

In June 2017, Aercap placed an order for 30 Boeing 787-9s, valued at $8.1 billion at list prices at the Paris Air Show.[23] AerCap announced on 28 December that it exercised options to purchase 50 A320neo Family aircraft to be delivered from 2022, bringing its A320neo Family portfolio to 270 owned and on order.[24] In March 2021, AerCap signed a deal with start-up long-haul, low-cost airline Norse Atlantic Airways, for the lease of six used Boeing 787-9s and three used Boeing 787-8 aircraft.[25]

GECAS acquisitionEdit

In March 2021, Aercap announced they had reached a deal to acquire GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS) from General Electric for US$24 billion in cash, US$1 billion of AerCap notes and approximately 46% of the combined business in shares.[3] The acquisition was approved by AerCap shareholders in May 2021. In November, the company completed the acquisition for 111.5 million AerCap shares, approximately $23 billion of cash and $1 billion of AerCap notes.[26][27] In 2022, the company moved its U.S. headquarters from Los Angeles to Miami.[28]

The company was harmed by the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine and international sanctions during the Russo-Ukrainian War since, at the time of the war, it had 152 aircraft valued at $2.5 billion in Russia and Ukraine that have not been able to be recovered or serviced by foreign companies.[29][30][31]


  1. ^ a b c d e "AerCap Holdings N.V. 2021 Form 20-F Annual Report". U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
  2. ^ "Boeing, AerCap said to be negotiating on 100-jet 737 MAX order". The Seattle Times. 12 June 2015.
  3. ^ a b "AerCap to Acquire GE Capital Aviation Services" (Press release). AerCap. 10 March 2021.
  4. ^ AerCap Holdings N.V. (5 March 2020). "US SEC Form 20-F for 2019" (PDF).
  5. ^ MCGRATH, BRENDAN (23 September 2000). "Aerfi staff set for huge payout after $750m sale". The Irish Times.
  6. ^ "Cerberus set to take over lessor Debis AirFinance". FlightGlobal. 2 May 2005.
  7. ^ "Abu Dhabi's Waha Capital agrees to acquire 50 percent stake in AerVenture" (Press release). Waha Capital. 21 June 2009.
  8. ^ "Dutch AerCap's US IPO raises $600.3 million". Reuters. 19 January 2007.
  9. ^ AerCap (25 March 2010). "AerCap and Genesis Lease Complete Merger in an All Share Transaction" (Press release).
  10. ^ Jacobs, Karen (25 March 2010). "AerCap completes acquisition of Genesis Lease". Reuters.
  11. ^ "Cerberus Completes Exit From AerCap" (Press release). AerCap. 26 March 2013.
  12. ^ Chris Isidore. "World's largest aircraft owner lost 113 planes to Russia due to sanctions". CNN. Retrieved 26 May 2022.
  13. ^ AerCap (14 May 2014). "AerCap Completes Acquisition of ILFC from AIG and Closes Private Offering of $2.6 Billion Aggregate Principal Amount of Senior Notes" (Press release).
  14. ^ "AerCap Finishes $7.6 Billion ILFC Deal as AIG Narrows Aim". Bloomberg News. 14 May 2014.
  15. ^ O'Halloran, Barry (26 January 2015). "Aircraft lessor Aercap moves €39bn in assets to Republic". The Irish Times.
  16. ^ "Boeing, AerCap Announce Order for 100 737 MAX 8s" (Press release). Boeing. 16 June 2015.
  17. ^ Basak, Sonali (3 June 2015). "AIG Raises $3.7 Billion in Cash From Sales of AerCap Stock". Bloomberg.
  18. ^ Basak, Sonali (19 August 2015). "AIG Raises $500 Million Selling AerCap Stock to Exit Stake". Bloomberg.
  19. ^ Armental, Maria (18 August 2015). "AIG to Sell Remaining Shares in AerCap". The Wall Street Journal.
  20. ^ AerCap (15 January 2016). "AerCap Leased, Purchased and Sold 405 Aircraft in 2015" (Press release).
  21. ^ "AerCap reports record 2015 financial results and authorizes share repurchase program of $400 million". Aviation News. February 2016.
  22. ^ "AerCap Leased, Purchased and Sold 458 Aircraft in 2016" (Press release). AerCap. 16 January 2017.
  23. ^ "Aercap places firm order for 30 Boeing 787-9s". ATW. 19 June 2017.
  24. ^ "AerCap Exercises Options to Purchase 50 Airbus A320neo Family Aircraft" (Press release). AerCap. 28 December 2017.
  25. ^ "AerCap Signs Lease Agreements with Norse Atlantic Airways for 9 Boeing 787 Aircraft" (Press release). AerCap. 29 March 2021.
  26. ^ "AerCap Completes Acquisition of GE Capital Aviation Services from GE" (Press release). AerCap. 1 November 2021.
  27. ^ Donnelly, Ellie (1 November 2021). "AerCap completes acquisition of GE Capital Aviation Services". Irish Independent.
  28. ^ Bojnansky, Erik (14 February 2022). "Real Estate Roundup: AerCap relocating US HQ to 830 Brickell from LA". American City Business Journals.
  29. ^ Eddy, Melissa (28 February 2022). "European Sanctions Could Strand Leased Planes in Russia". The New York Times.
  30. ^ "Hundreds of Russia plane leases to be axed after Western sanctions". Reuters. 28 February 2022.
  31. ^ Johnsson, Julie (8 March 2022). "Owners Fear Planes 'Are Gone Forever' After Russia Shields Them From Seizure". Bloomberg News.

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