Sound journalism, grounded in facts and Biblical truth | Donate

Held hostage

BY THE NUMBERS | Aircraft leasing companies have little recourse while Russia holds their assets

Illustration by Krieg Barrie

Held hostage
You have {{ remainingArticles }} free {{ counterWords }} remaining. You've read all of your free articles.

Full access isn’t far.

We can’t release more of our sound journalism without a subscription, but we can make it easy for you to come aboard.

Get started for as low as $3.99 per month.

Current WORLD subscribers can log in to access content. Just go to "SIGN IN" at the top right.


Already a member? Sign in.

$6.5 billion

The amount for which Western aircraft leasing firms are suing insurers after they couldn’t recover their aircraft from carriers in Russia following the outbreak of war in Ukraine. The companies’ October and November lawsuits are an acknowledgment they may never get their airplanes back.


The number of leased Western airplanes—valued between $10 billion and $12 billion—that were being held by Russian operators earlier this year, according to consulting firm IBA.


The number of planes in Russia that belong to AerCap, the world’s largest aviation lessor, according to a $3.5 billion lawsuit AerCap filed in the United Kingdom.


The number of airliners Russia plans to produce at a cost of nearly $23 billion to end its dependence on Western aircraft, the nation’s government announced in October.


Please wait while we load the latest comments...