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It's Amazingly Cheap to Acquire a Fleet of Airbus Jets

Easy money and leasing explain the $50 billion Indigo order.
Photographer: Balint Porneczi

Just as it seemed the Dubai Air Show would be an embarrassment for Airbus SE, top salesman John Leahy rustles up a $50 billion order.

But here's a question: How do four airlines, one of which only started flying this year and which have combined yearly sales of less than $5 billion, pay for hundreds of planes priced at 10 times that? The answer: They probably won't buy most of them, they'll rent them. That tells you something about how easy money is transforming the industry.