Since the beginning of the year the aviation leasing firm AerCap Holdings N. V. (AER) has lost about 33 percent of its capitalization. In the last month, however, shares have risen nearly 3 percent on the optimistic news of the possibly imminent recovery of the aviation industry.
A flood of positive news about the development of a vaccine against COVID-19 has been correlated with the growth of AerCap Holdings in recent weeks. The start of mass vaccination and the gradual formation of collective immunity against a new type of coronavirus are believed by many investors to speed up the recovery of the aviation industry and the return of significant volumes of passenger air traffic.
The AerCap Holdings shares were also impacted by the restoration of permission to fly the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft.
Positive developments in the leasing industry related to the restoration of air travel and stronger cash flows have started to be noticed by AerCap Holdings in the past quarter. Furthermore, in the third quarter, management noticed a trend towards a rise in the amount of lease revenue collection.
The International Air Transport Association (IATA) recently provided the industry with a revised estimate that airlines will lose $118.5 billion in 2020 and $38.7 billion in 2021. The positive news for investors, however, is that in principle, the industry has started to show signs of growth. The return to dock-like volumes will most likely not happen sooner, however.
With more than 200 airlines operating in 80 countries, AerCap Holdings is the world’s largest airline leasing firm. Today, more than 1000 aircraft from various manufacturers are part of the Aercap’s air fleet.
AerCap Holdings N. V. (AER) was down -3.09 percent on Friday to close the session at $41.00. Over the week the stock lost about 2.70 percent of its value but still succeeded to add nearly 65 percent to that over the past three months.