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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Aircastle to acquire 20 Narrow-Body Aircraft from SMBC Aviation Capital

Dublin, October 3rd 2017 – SMBC Aviation Capital, the leading aircraft leasing company has today announced that it has reached agreement with Aircastle Limited who will acquire 20 narrow-body aircraft from its portfolio. The aircraft are on lease with thirteen airlines across the globe.

Peter Barrett, CEO, SMBC Aviation Capital commented, “We are very pleased to have reached agreement with Aircastle on this deal which is testament both to the quality of our portfolio and our ability to handle transactions of scale. It is also further evidence that we are delivering on our stated strategy of actively trading and managing our portfolio, enabling us to maintain one of the youngest fleets in the industry.”

Mike Inglese, Aircastle's CEO, added, "We are pleased to have reached an agreement to acquire these high-quality aircraft on lease to a geographically diverse group of airlines, demonstrating our unique ability to find attractive growth opportunities throughout the cycle. We appreciate the opportunity to work with SMBC Aviation Capital to further optimize our fleet mix with the addition of these in-demand, current generation A320s and 737NGs. By continuing to execute our prudent, disciplined investment strategy and maintaining significant financial flexibility, Aircastle is well positioned to achieve steady and profitable growth."

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Third Airbus A350 XWB for Asiana Airlines

Toulouse, 26th September 2017: SMBC Aviation Capital is pleased to announce that it has delivered its third Airbus A350 XWB (MSN 0144) to Korean airline, Asiana Airlines. This is the third of a six A350 XWB sale and leaseback deal which also includes the financing of Pre-Delivery Payments due to the aircraft manufacturer.

The aircraft is fitted with Rolls Royce Trent XWB-84 engines. SMBC Aviation Capital’s first and second A350 aircraft were delivered to Asiana in April and July 2017, with one more due for delivery in 2017 and two in 2018.

Asiana was one of SMBC Aviation Capital’s first customers in Asia. Both companies have now worked together for over 14 years.

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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 451 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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