Market Presence. The B767-300ER presented the operating lease community with the ideal tool with which to enter the widebody operating lease arena. Throughout the 1990s, the B767-300ER enjoyed considerable success but more recently has fallen victim to the usual problem of lengthy production and market saturation. Past success was achieved through the emergence of a new market structure and the absence of any real competition until recently from Airbus. The B767-300ER operator base is still extensive and spread out among most regions of the world. Both scheduled and charter operators favor the aircraft, as do large and small operators. The competition from the A330-200 has been notable, although aided by post 2001 rentals that closely matched pre-2001 -300ER levels. Operators are now seeking to retain equipment as a stopgap measure until the arrival of the B787. Combined with the demand for capacity from new market entrants and carriers seeking to take advantage of sustained international travel growth, demand for the -300ER has once again peaked.
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