How Planes Are Valued

Know what an airplane is really worth.

At Flying Financial Group, we frequently encounter questions like “How much is this plane worth?” and “What is the book value on this plane?” However, the truth behind aircraft valuation is far from straightforward. Let us shed some light on this complex issue.

Market Dynamics: The Unprecedented Market of 2020-2023

After the COVID-19 Pandemic, we saw an unexpected surge in demand for airplanes along with record breaking low interest rates. This caused a market inflation of around 20-25% on aircraft prices. Many aircraft owners would put their aircraft on the market for a price well above what they bought it for, and were getting multiple all cash offers in less than a week. Though prices are beginning to stabilize, it is unlikely that they will ever return to the rate prior to the pandemic. 

Factors Influencing Market Value

The value of an aircraft depends on multiple factors, including the make/model, total time on airframe, engine maintenance history, and interior/exterior refurbishment. It’s important to know what these factors mean when evaluating aircraft pricing. Tools like Aircraft Post are great resources for information on bid/ask spread and market trends.

Navigating "Call for Price"

The practice of listing aircraft as “Call for Price” is prevalent in the industry, but it can be misleading. While some listings use it as a lead generation tool, others genuinely seek offers within a certain range. Working with a trusted broker can help you decipher these listings and avoid unnecessary frustration.

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Protecting Yourself from Scams

Unfortunately, the aviation industry is not immune to scams. Whether you’re considering a jet card, fractional ownership, or brokerage services, thorough due diligence is essential. Beware of offers that seem too good to be true and always verify the credentials of your service providers.

At Flying Financial Group, we prioritize transparency and integrity in all our dealings. Our team is dedicated to guiding you through the complexities of aircraft financing and ensuring you make informed decisions.

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