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 delivers Airbus A320neo to VivaAerobus

Toulouse, July 2019: SMBC Aviation Capital is pleased to announce the delivery of one (1) Airbus A320neo aircraft (MSN 9107) equipped with two (2) IAE PW1127G1-JM engines to VivaAerobus.

The aircraft was delivered on Wednesday 24th July while the Aircraft and associated engines were located at the Airbus delivery centre in Toulouse, France.

This is the fifth of seven (7) A320NEO aircraft to be delivered to VivaAerobus, with the next aircraft scheduled for delivery in August 2019.


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SMBC Aviation Capital announces Global Aviation Equipment Leasing Fund (“GAEL”)

Dublin, 18 July 2019: SMBC Aviation Capital is pleased to announce the launch of the Global Aviation Equipment Leasing Fund (“GAEL”).

GAEL is a closed-end fund which has raised equity capital from 17 Japanese institutional investors and a secured debt financing from an internationally recognised bank.

GAEL is the first aviation equity fund for Japanese institutional investors that SMBC Aviation Capital has launched. GAEL will acquire a portfolio of aircraft, on lease to a diverse group of international airlines, from SMBC Aviation Capital, who will remain as aircraft servicer.

Commenting on the announcement, Peter Barrett, CEO, SMBC Aviation Capital said: Aircraft leasing is a very desirable and stable asset class for investors, and GAEL provides a tailored opportunity for a number of Japanese institutional investors to enter into the aircraft leasing market. We are pleased to have worked closely with our colleagues at Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation in assembling a group of top tier equity investors.”


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Fast Facts

730+ Aircraft

Average fleet age of 4.3 years

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

We have over 18 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 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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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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