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 concludes 65 aircraft deal with Airbus

Dublin, January 21st 2019 – SMBC Aviation Capital has today announced an agreement for the purchase of 65 aircraft from Airbus. This transaction demonstrates the company’s commitment to further growth and represents one of SMBC Aviation Capital’s largest single transactions with the European manufacturer.

The order includes 50 A320neo and 15 A321neo aircraft and at today’s list price is valued at over US$7.4 billion.

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SMBC Aviation Capital delivers first Boeing 737-8 MAX from its order book

Seattle, December 24, 2018 – SMBC Aviation Capital is pleased to announce the delivery of one Boeing 737-8 MAX aircraft (MSN 61852) equipped with CFM LEAP-1B28 engines to Lucky Air.

This is the first delivery of a four (4) aircraft deal with Lucky Air. The remaining three (3) aircraft are scheduled to be delivered in Q1 and Q2 of 2019.

This aircraft is the first Boeing 737-8 MAX to be delivered from SMBC Aviation Capital’s direct order with Boeing for 90 737-8 MAX aircraft.


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Fast Facts

660+ Aircraft

Average fleet age of 4.5 years

We have A- (Fitch) and A- (S&P) ratings

We have over 15 years experience

Our fleet strategy

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 430 owned and managed aircraft has a weighted average age of just 4.5 years, one of the youngest fleets in the commercial aircraft operating lease industry.

Our order book of 110 Airbus A320neo and 90 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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We offer excellent career opportunities, whether you're a seasoned professional or a bright, capable, ambitious young graduate. Our well-structured two-year graduate programme is open to people with a variety of skills.

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