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Introduction to Aircraft Leasing


6-Week Online Course Facilitated by Bryan Cunningham, Senior Aviation Consultant

Aircraft leasing is a multi-billion dollar industry that offers airlines an alternative to leasing aircraft rather than buying and owning an aircraft outright. Leasing allows an airline to operate an aircraft profitably over the course of its life without a large financial commitment.

This instructor-led online course is developed and facilitated by Bryan Cunningham, Senior Aviation Consultant. The asynchronous delivery approach will help you attend the course from anywhere, anytime. The course features several learning activities and you will have to complete them in sequential order and progress toward completion. All participants successfully completing this program will get a certificate of completion.

Course Outline

Week 1: Introduction to Aircraft Leasing

  • Basic Principles of Aircraft Leasing
  • Airline decision whether to lease or purchase
  • Pre-Lease Considerations
  • Technical Asset Management

Week 2: Aircraft Financing and Costs

  • Types of Aircraft Leases (Wet, ACMI, Dry, Damp)
  • Lease Terms
  • Total Costs (Fixed, Variable, Direct Maintenance, Invariable)
  • Return on Investment for Investors

Week 3: Factors Affecting Aircraft Values

  • Current Industry Trends and Finance Outlook (focus on Boeing)
  • Forecast of Overall long-term Growth
  • Aircraft Market Analysis

Week 4: Exercises

Exercise 1 – Analysis to Lease or Purchase
Exercise 2 – Factors Involving Technical Asset Management

Week 5: Exercises

Exercise 3 – Costs Factors When Leasing
Exercise 4 – ROI Analysis

Week 6: Exercises

Exercise 5 – Forecasting of long-term growth in Asia
Exercise 6 – Aircraft Market Analysis of A330

Facilitated by Bryan Cunningham, Senior Aviation Consultant

Bryan Cunningham has over 20 years in aviation beginning his career serving 5 years in the United States Air Force. He holds an MBA and a Masters in Management from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University as well as a Bachelors degree from Thomas Edison State College in Aircraft Maintenance Technology.

He started as a ground support equipment mechanic in the US Air Force and was honorably discharged. His career with the airlines started right afterwards as an FAA certified aircraft technician with Tower Air on Boeing 747 type aircraft eventually moving on to his last airline position with Jetblue Airways as a technical representative with the heavy maintenance division. Bryan has worked for many different aviation firms including 5 different airlines as well as contract aircraft maintenance organizations and MRO facilities. He is knowledgeable in most aircraft manufacturers to include Boeing, Airbus, Embraer, and Bombardier. Along with the varied aircraft experience, he has worked with many different engine manufacturers including Rolls Royce, IAE, and GE.

His career positions include aircraft maintenance, aircraft planning, aircraft routing, system operations, program management, heavy maintenance oversight, along with management and supervisory roles. Bryan Cunningham has been responsible for projects including engineering modifications, winglet installations, WIFI installations, Satellite TV and Radio STC modifications, and C-check management.

Bryan Cunningham founded Airfleet Acquisition Group, LLC located in Miami, FL providing Technical Advisory Services to lessors and lessees. The company specializes in aircraft maintenance and engineering needs including heavy maintenance oversight, aircraft redeliveries, Lease End/LOI/MOU pre-purchase inspections, FAA consultancy, aircraft trading and brokerage when requested.

He is a native of New York City and currently resides in Miami, Florida. His vast experience has brought him all over the world for extended periods of time including countries such as Saudi Arabia, India, El Salvador, Brazil, Colombia, and Canada to list a few.

Certificate of Completion

All participants successfully completing this program will get a certificate of completion.


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