Ireland has a strong reputation and is a leading centre for aircraft leasing and finance, due to:

  • Track record dating back to Guinness Peat Aviation (GPA) in the 1970s
  • Deep, multi-disciplinary (technical, legal, financial) talent pool
  • Favourable corporate tax regime with an extensive Taxation Treaty network.

In 2014

In 2014, AerCap acquired ILFC from AIG. AerCap paid AIG $3 billion in cash as well as a significant ownership position in AerCap's ordinary share capital. The acquisition brings AerCap’s fleet to over 1,300 aircraft, with a further 400 on order, making it the largest independent lessor in the world, and the second largest lessor in the world after GE Capital Aviation Services (GECAS). AerCap chose Ireland as its global operations headquarters and now has two offices (Shannon & Dublin) with over 120 staff in Ireland.

In 2012

In 2012, a consortium led by Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) established its global aviation business headquarters in Ireland (SMBC Aviation Capital) via the acquisition of RBS Aviation in a deal worth more than $7 billion.

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