Market Presence. Most lessors have previously avoided the A321 as the leasing opportunities were perceived to be limited to the mainline operators who had a penchant for owning their aircraft. Smaller operators were also seen as requiring smaller 150-seat aircraft that offered frequency to second city pairings. As traffic increased, operators sought to increase capacity on existing routes rather than add frequency, as operators have expanded without increasing the number of pilots and as new airlines have emerged, the A321 garnered ever more support from the lessors.
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