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GE Weighs Helicopter Leasing as Plane Competition Rises

General Electric Co.’s aircraft leasing division, the world’s largest, may add helicopters to its portfolio of rental assets amid rising competition in the market for financing commercial jetliners.

“We’ve gotten into turboprops, regional jets, cargo planes,” Norm Liu, the unit’s chief executive officer, said in an interview yesterday ahead of the Singapore Airshow. “We have to look at new adjacencies -- we’re looking at helicopters.”