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 launches its fifth annual Graduate Recruitment Campaign

Open evening 17th October

SMBC Aviation Capital, one of the world’s leading aircraft leasing companies, has today September 25th 2017 launched its 2018 Graduate Recruitment Programme.Now in its fifth year, the programme is the only one of its type amongst Irish aircraft leasing companies.

SMBC Aviation Capital is seeking to recruit a number of talented graduates to join its programme and develop a career in a rapidly growing industry.As part of its recruitment drive, a graduate open evening will be held in the company’s offices on October 17th 2017 which will give graduates the opportunity to learn more about the industry.

The Graduate Programme runs over a two-year period.During this time, graduates gain experience right across aircraft leasing, including aircraft finance, aircraft management and strategic market analysis.Alongside a competitive remuneration package and benefits, the programme includes the potential for overseas travel and strong support including mentoring and a buddy system.Five new graduates have recently joined the company as part of the 2017 intake with a total of nine graduates participating in the programme across the company.

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SMBC Aviation Capital partners with the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities

September 20th 2017: SMBC Aviation Capital is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities (TCPID). SMBC Aviation Capital will be a Business Partner of the centre, working towards the shared goal of ensuring that all graduates have the same access to quality further education and the opportunity to gain knowledge, skills, and confidence to pursue successful careers.

From the end of September, the company will welcome Paula Conradie, a recent graduate of the programme to join the team for a three month placement. The company will also provide financial support to TCPID and its programmes.

Barry Flannery, CFO of SMBC Aviation Capital said, “We are delighted to welcome Paula and to offer her the opportunity to develop her skills and immerse herself in our business. We are privileged to support The Trinity Centre for People with Intellectual Disabilities which provides vital support to ensure that all graduates are afforded the same opportunities.”

Marie Devitt, Pathways Co-Ordinator of the TCPID added, “We are delighted that SMBC Aviation Capital has come on board as a Business Partner. Our goal is to ensure that our graduates have the same opportunities in life as their fellow graduates of Trinity College. Our Business Partners play a central role in helping us to achieve this goal. They offer our students and graduates meaningful work placement opportunities which helps to further develop their skills and greatly supports them in their career paths.”

Through the Business Partners programme, the TCPID can now offer work placements, mentoring, training workshops and graduate contract opportunities. The ultimate goal is to find permanent employment for graduates of the programme and to help to build true inclusion in the workplace and in the community.

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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 452 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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