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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Ruili Airlines and SMBC Aviation Capital sign letter of intent for the placement of two aircraft

- First commitment for Ruili Airlines with overseas leasing company -

Kunming 18th May 2018:SMBC Aviation Capital, the leading aircraft leasing company and Chinese airline, Ruili Airlines, have today announced that they have signed a letter of intent (LOI) for the placement of two Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft. This is the first commitment that Ruili Airlines has negotiated with an aircraft leasing company outside of China. The announcement was made at an event in Ruili City, China to celebrate the airline’s four-year anniversary.

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SMBC Aviation Capital sponsors ISTAT Asia

-Visit us at the Jet Fuel Café-

SMBC Aviation Capital is pleased to announce its sponsorship of ISTAT Asia 2018 and the Jet Fuel Café which takes place from 8th of May in Singapore.

A number of SMBC Aviation Capital executives will also moderate and participate in panel discussions including Peter Barrett, CEO who will participate in the Lessor CEO Panel, Michael Weiss, Head of Aircraft Trading will make the opening remarks on the second day of the conference while David Swan, COO will moderate the Airbus/Boeing debate and Adrian Dharsan, SVP Airline Marketing will moderate the Airline Fleet Panel.

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660+ Aircraft

Average fleet age of 4.5 years

We have A- (Fitch) and BBB+ (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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