Aircraft Valuation and Sensitivity Analysis
Continental now has a fleet plan that makes us competitive in every market well into the next century. This latest order will reduce our total cost while providing the latest in technology and comfort to our customers.
—Gordon Bethune, Continental Airlines CEO, from 1997
Determining the current value of physical assets can be challenging, as pointed out in Chapter 4. The theoretical value of a commercial aircraft depends on the expected future net cash flows (inflows minus outflows). The cyclicality of the airline industry, and the high level of volatility that fuel prices exhibit, inherently translate ...