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Vol. 28, No. 1 | Friday, March 13, 2015

Stock Prices Soar While Pre-Owned Aircraft Prices Remain in Ground Effect

Carl Janssens, ASA | Chief Appraiser

Business aircraft pricing in the pre-owned market appears to be soaring in ground effect.

The good news is that sales are occurring while, on the cloudy side, values, at best, try to maintain a flat trending posture.

Pre-owned aircraft pricing isn’t keeping time with commerce. From the sea, the West Coast ports of entry look like long-term parking lots for sea freighters: Lots of stuff awaiting their turn for deporting goods from the backlog created by labor disputes. Then, try driving on any Interstate. The amount of commerce on the move via countless eighteen wheelers is remarkable. And, don’t be caught waiting for a delayed flight during FedEx’s rush hour in Memphis. You might be there awhile. While all of this anecdotal evidence would indicate a more robust economy for pre-owned aircraft values, such is not the case.

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