AerCap (AER) is the world's largest aircraft leasing company after acquiring International Lease Finance Corp. in 2014. As of December 2015, AerCap had approximately 1,700 owned, managed or on order aircraft in its portfolio. AerCap serves over 200 customers in approximately 80 countries with comprehensive fleet solutions, and provides part-out and engine leasing services through its subsidiary, AeroTurbine. AerCap is listed on the New York Stock Exchange (AER) and has its headquarters in Dublin with offices in Amsterdam, Los Angeles, Shannon, Fort Lauderdale, Miami, Singapore, Shanghai, Abu Dhabi, Seattle and Toulouse.
On December 16, 2013, AerCap agreed to buy International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) with value around $5.4 billion, $3 billion is paid by cash and the rest with AerCap common shares newly issued. The deal gives AerCap $43 billion in total assets and a fleet of over 1,300 aircraft compared to GE Capital Aviation Services with a fleet of 1,800+ aircraft. American International Group as the mother of ILFC carried 46 percent shares of the combined company and the rest was held by existing AerCap shareholders. In June 2015, AIG sold about 71.2 million shares in a public offering and AerCap purchased an additional 15.7 million of its shares from AIG. In August 2015, AIG completed its departure from the airplane-leasing business with the sale of the additional 10.7 million shares.
On February 23, 2016, AerCap reported record 2015 financial results and authorized a share repurchase program of $400 million.
In 2015, AerCap leased, purchased and sold 405 aircraft. The company signed lease agreements for 276 aircraft and purchased 46 new aircraft. AerCap executed sale and part-out transactions for 83 aircraft and signed financing transactions for US$7.3 billion.
In January 2016, Airline Economics recognized the company with "Lessor of the Year" and "Treasury Team of the Year" awards.