Aircraft lessors cool on risky markets after $10 billion Russia blow

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Reuters UK

By Conor Humphries and Padraic Halpin DUBLIN (Reuters) – Aircraft leasing companies, which own most of the world’s passenger jets, face a tricky balance between risks and rewards after losing 400 planes in Russia, but have made no “knee-jerk” withdrawal from any major market yet, executives said. The lessors took a hit of almost $10 billion when Russia barred airlines from returning planes hit by Western sanctions to their owners in the West. This has turned the spotlight on other risky markets, most prominently China and Taiwan, where some fear future conflict could cause a similar seizure on…

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