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 CEO Peter Barrett speaks with Squawk Box Europe, CNBC International.

SMBC Aviation Capital CEO Peter Barrett spoke to Squawk Box Europe, CNBC International about the importance of aircraft leasing to Ireland and the strength and global nature of our business – 27th November 2017

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SMBC Aviation Capital concludes three aircraft deal with new customer, Air Astana

-Three A320neo placement from order book-

Almaty December 7th 2017: SMBC Aviation Capital, one of the world’s leading aircraft leasing companies today announced that it has concluded a three A320neo aircraft deal with Air Astana, the national flag carrier of Kazakhstan. This is a new customer for SMBC Aviation Capital and the aircraft will be provided from the company’s order book of 110 A320neo aircraft with Airbus.

The A320neo will be fitted with Pratt and Whitney GTF engines and will have delivery slots in the last quarter of 2019 and the first quarter of 2020.

Air Astana is the first operator of this type of aircraft in the Central Asian region and has plans to grow its neo fleet to 17 aircraft by 2020

Peter Barrett, Chief Executive of SMBC Aviation Capital said "We are very pleased to conclude this transaction with new customer, Air Astana, located in what is an increasingly important region for SMBC Aviation Capital. We look forward to delivering these aircraft from our order book and to the benefits that this new technology aircraft will deliver to our customer.

Peter Foster, President of Air Astana commented “We are pleased to conclude this transaction with SMBC Aviation Capital. Air Astana has plans to grow the fleet to more than 60 aircraft over the next 10 years and we look forward to becoming one of the largest A320neo Family operators in the region.The existing fleet of A320 aircraft have been a success in service over many years and the A320 Family is now destined to go further in both pleasing our discerning passengers and keeping our costs low.”


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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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