GLG Network Survey: Aircraft Leasing

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The GLG Survey team interviewed 35 aircraft lessors and 35 airline executives responsible for procurement.

What will you learn from this survey?

  • Aircraft lessors and airline executives shared their current outlook and situational actions taken since the impact of COVID-19.
  • The survey explored current relationships between lessors and airlines.
  • It also investigated the impact of COVID-19 on future trends and outlooks for the aircraft and airline industry as a whole.

Examples of findings:

  • Compared to August 2020, airlines are nowadays more likely to expect restructuring (94% in Jan 2021 vs. 86% in Aug 2020) and in many cases this has already taken place since the initial survey (89% as reported in Jan 2021).
  • Lessors are more rigid in comparison to 2020 in terms of their relief criteria, with 76% reporting they are likely to be more stringent when airlines request for relief.
  • In addition, the outlook for lessors is much more negative, with this jumping from 23% to 55% in the past 6 months. 60% of the respondents do not believe that passenger demand will return to 2019 levels before the end of 2022.


The GLG Surveys team drafted the questionnaire with the support of GLG Network Member, Dick Forsberg, former Head of Strategy at Avolon Holdings until March of 2019.

The standard deliverable includes:

  • 1 x Individual responses (“raw data”), in Excel.
  • 1 x PPT report with aggregated data.


  • Which of the following actions did your airline take during 2020 following the onset of the COVID-19 crisis?
  • Please rank these potential challenges facing airlines in Q1 of 2021 in order of severity (with 1 being the least critical and 5 the most critical to long-term survival).
  • When do you think passenger demand for the industry as a whole will return to 2019 levels?
  • What proportion of your airline networks do you expect to be operating by the end of 2021?
  • Which of the following actions did your lessor take during Q4 2020?


This survey is available to subscribers of the Energy & Industrials (EI) sector (Limited subscriptions and above). This offer includes the raw data file and a high-level presentation through PowerPoint. Please contact your GLG representative for details on your firm’s access.


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