We are a leading global aircraft leasing company. Our principal activity is leasing and trading aircraft, with a clear focus on young commercial jet aircraft of the types most popular with our customers.

Every minute, an aircraft managed by SMBC Aviation Capital takes off or lands somewhere in the world. With the strength of our shareholders, we give our airline and investor customers access to an exceptionally broad range of financial solutions. We also provide investment and aircraft management services.

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SMBC Aviation Capital closes $500 million senior unsecured offering

-Fourth successful capital fundraising represents a further endorsement by the market of the company’s future growth prospects -

Dublin, April 15, 2019: SMBC Aviation Capital, one of the world’s leading aircraft leasing companies, today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary, SMBC Aviation Capital Finance DAC, has closed the sale of $500 million principal amount of 3.55%, five-year senior unsecured notes due April 2024 (the “Notes”). The Notes are fully and unconditionally guaranteed by SMBC Aviation Capital.

This successful bond placement - priced at US Treasuries plus 125 basis points. The proceeds from the offering will be used for general corporate purposes which may include, among other things, the purchase of aircraft and the repayment of existing indebtedness. This also follows an announcement in November last year that the company had received an A- rating from S&P (along with its existing A- rating from Fitch) and is now the joint highest rated lessor in the industry.

Commenting on the issuance, Barry Flannery, Chief Financial Officer of SMBC Aviation Capital, said:

“The successful completion and attractive pricing of this transaction is yet another endorsement from the market of SMBC Aviation Capital’s strategy and long-term growth prospects. The pricing achieved proves that our quality portfolio and long track record combined with our strong balance sheet and future prospects are compelling and differentiating factors for us, and this transaction is another significant milestone in the development of our third-party funding plans for the business.”


For more information please contact:

Conor Irwin, SMBC Aviation Capital: +353 87 3816106

Powerscourt: +44 (0)20 7250 1446 / +353 (0) 83 448 8339

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About SMBC Aviation Capital

SMBC Aviation Capital is one of the world’s top 5 largest aircraft lessors, with 87 airline customers in 41 countries.As of 31st December 2018, the company owns, manages and is committed to purchase 663 aircraft.Established in 2001, the company was acquired in 2012 following by a consortium comprising two of Japan’s biggest companies SMFG and Sumitomo Corporation.

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SMBC Aviation Capital delivers Airbus A320neo to Gulf Air

Toulouse, March 2019: SMBC Aviation Capital is pleased to announce the delivery of one (1) Airbus A320neo aircraft (MSN 8779) equipped with two (2) CFM Leap-1A26 engines to Gulf Air.

The aircraft was delivered on Tuesday 5th March while the Aircraft and associated engines were located at the Airbus delivery centre in Toulouse, France. This is the second of six (6) A320NEO aircraft to be delivered to Gulf Air, with the next delivery scheduled for June 2019.


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Average fleet age of 4.3 years

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Our strategy is to focus on the most modern, efficient and desirable aircraft types, working closely with our airline and investor customers to meet their specific requirements. Our portfolio of 425 owned and managed aircraft has a weighted average age of just 4.3 years, one of the youngest fleets in the commercial aircraft operating lease industry.

Our remaining order book of 144 Airbus A320neo, 30 Airbus A321neo and 89 Boeing 737max are some of the most advanced aircraft in the world. While our focus is primarily on narrowbody aircraft, we also invest in the most technologically advanced widebody aircraft, including the Airbus A350 and Boeing 787 families of aircraft.

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