NEW YORK, April 20 Newly public aircraft
leasing business Air Lease Corp (AL.N) would like to buy
competitor ILFC from American International Group (AIG.N), Air
Lease's chief executive told Bloomberg Television on
In an interview at the New York Stock Exchange, Steven
Udvar-Hazy said he "absolutely" would like to buy ILFC, which
he founded before selling it to AIG, Bloomberg said.
An Air Lease spokeswoman declined to comment. An AIG
spokesman was not immediately available to comment.
AIG has acknowledged that ILFC is not a core operation and
that it is unlikely to be part of the company in the future,
but at the same time top executives have said the business is
not explicitly for sale now.
Hazy took Air Lease public earlier this week, raising more
than $800 million. The influential aviation executive left ILFC
in early 2010.
Air Lease shares rose 8 cents to $28.03 in afternoon
(Reporting by Ben Berkowitz, editing by Dave Zimmerman)