John Leenane
John Leenane
Head of Business Operations

CDB Aviation


John is our Head of Business Operations with three decades of experience in banking, structured finance, and aircraft operating leasing. His extensive background encompasses lending, financing, trading, pricing, portfolio management, aircraft acquisition, and strategic partnership development. Prior to CDB Aviation, John was Regional Director, Europe & Asia – Financial Institutions Group, at CIT Aerospace International. He also served as Director of TC-CIT Aviation Ireland, a joint venture between CIT Aerospace and Century Tokyo Leasing Corporation. Previously, he was Senior Vice President, Capital Strategies, at ORIX Aviation. John also held executive positions at Fresh Mortgages Limited, Investec Bank, IIU Ltd, and ABN AMRO Bank N.V. He is an associate of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

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Main Event

  • Is easing inflationary pressures encouraging more aircraft trades? 
  • How have aircraft sellers responded to pressures that have been restricting secondary market? How big or small is the current bid/ask gap compared six months ago?  
  • What is the single biggest factor affecting aircraft trades today? Inflated book values, low historical lease rate factors, higher cost of funding, airline credit? 
  • Have airline restructurings seen many assets come onto the secondary trading market? 
  • Is there still a dislocation of book values and lease rates for a) new aircraft and b) used narrowbodies? 
  • What is the latest on GATS? 
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David Beker
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John Leenane
Head of Business Operations, CDB Aviation
Dickon Harris
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