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Monday, December 10, 2012

Chinese group buys AIG aircraft firm for up to $4.8 bln, (NYSE: AIG)

American International Group Inc will sell nearly all of aircraft leasing business ILFC to a Chinese consortium for up to $4.8 billion, in a deal that gives the fastest growing aviation market easier and cheaper access to planes.But the sale is at a far cheaper price than AIG sought and will lead to a substantial loss, the insurer's price for getting out of its last major non-core asset following the U.S. government bailout of the company in the financial crisis.Chinese firms have previously shown interest in aircraft leasing, and the deal would give China access to a global network of about 200 airlines in 80 countries. China is already ILFC's largest market with 180 planes operating there, giving it 35 percent market share."It's the biggest deal we have in the aircraft leasing world and it's very ambitious," said Paul Sheridan, head of Asia at aviation consultancy firm Ascend Advisor. "We believe there are not enough aircraft on order in China at the moment. It will help Chinese airlines get more aircraft."

American International Group, Inc. (AIG) is an international insurance company, serving customers in more than 130 countries. Shares of AIG fell by 1.61% or $-0.55/share to $33.58. In the past year, the shares have traded as low as $22.19 and as high as $37.67. On average, 27276300 shares of AIG exchange hands on a given day and today's volume is recorded at 9582069.