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SMBC Aviation Capital concludes portfolio sale of 29 aircraft

- the company’s single largest portfolio sale to date -

Dublin, 12 November 2019: SMBC Aviation Capital, one of the world’s largest aircraft leasing companies has today announced the conclusion of a portfolio sale of 29 aircraft. The sale was concluded on behalf of Airspeed, an aircraft securitisation which has been managed by SMBC Aviation Capital since 2007. The transaction involved the sale of 28 aircraft to aircraft leasing company, Genesis, with one additional aircraft sold to an undisclosed investor.

The aircraft have been sold from SMBC Aviation Capital’s managed fleet and comprised a range of asset types on lease to over 20 airlines.

Peter Barrett, CEO, SMBC Aviation Capital commented, “As a company, this is what we do best, from the original sale of the portfolio to Airspeed, managing a large portfolio of diverse aircraft with many different airlines over a twelve year timeframe and now concluding its sale. Airspeed has been a long-term customer for us and we have valued this relationship. There were many stakeholders involved in this process which demonstrates our ability to manage complex transactions. In addition, Genesis is an important customer and we acknowledge their close collaboration on this transaction.”

Karl Griffin, CEO, Genesis added, “The acquisition of the 28 aircraft from Airspeed is an excellent investment for Genesis, delivering on our strategy as well as adding scale and diversification to our aircraft leasing portfolio. The SMBC Aviation Capital team has played a world class role in managing the Airspeed portfolio since 2007 and, in particular, during the final stages of transferring each aircraft to Genesis.”


For more information please contact:

Orla Benson / Conor Irwin SMBC Aviation Capital, Mobile: + 353 86 047 4343

Richard Webster Smith, Finsbury: + 44 7796 708551

Notes to Editors:

About SMBC Aviation Capital:

SMBC Aviation Capital is one of the world’s leading aircraft lessors, with 86 airline customers in 40 countries. At 31 March 2019, the company owns, manages and is committed to purchase 729 aircraft. Established in 2001, the company was acquired in 2012 by a consortium comprising of two of Japan’s biggest companies SMFG and Sumitomo Corporation. For further information go to

About Genesis:

Established in 2014 and headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, Genesis is a full-service commercial aircraft leasing platform with 41 customers in 33 countries across the globe. The Genesis portfolio currently comprises 73 owned, managed and committed Boeing and Airbus aircraft.

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SMBC Aviation Capital hosts sixth annual trade investor seminar in Japan

Tokyo, October 31st 2019: SMBC Aviation Capital, in conjunction with its shareholders, SMBC and SMFL, has hosted its sixth annual trade investor seminar in Tokyo, Japan.The event attracted approximately 250 attendees representing JOL investors, JOLCO equity investors, regional Japanese banks and investors in SMBC AC’s new aviation investment fund, GAEL. Airbus and the Japanese airline, JAL, also participated in a panel discussion on the aviation industry, which debated issues such as the resilience of airlines, airport capacity and climate change.

Other presentations at the seminar included one on narrowbody values, the GAEL investment fund and a case study on SMBC AC’s successful repossession of its aircraft from Jet Airways.

Michael Weiss, Head of Aircraft Trading, SMBC Aviation Capital said, “This year’s seminar provided SMBC Aviation Capital with an opportunity to showcase our new aviation investment fund, as well as present some useful insights into narrowbody valuations and repossessions. We were delighted that Airbus and JAL participated in an interesting panel discussion on the aviation market today and the challenges and opportunities that exist. Japan continues to display its potential as a growth market for aviation investment and, together with our shareholders, SMBC Aviation Capital will work to expand and deepen our commitment to this market.”


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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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