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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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02/12/2019

SMBC Aviation Capital places six A321neo aircraft with Scoot

December 2nd 2019: SMBC Aviation Capital, one of the world’s leading aircraft leasing companies, has today announced that it has signed its first deal with new customer Scoot, the low-cost arm of Singapore Airlines. The transaction involves the placement of six new A321neo aircraft with Scoot, with the aircraft scheduled to be delivered from the end of 2020 through 2021. The aircraft will be powered by Pratt & Whitney’s PurePower® PW1100G-JM engines.

Lee Lik Hsin, CEO of Scoot, said: “We look forward to receiving the A321neo aircraft from SMBC Aviation Capital; the aircraft will rejuvenate our fleet and enable us to meet our double-digit growth plan in the coming years.”

Peter Barrett, CEO of SMBC Aviation Capital, said: “We are very pleased to conclude this transaction with new customer Scoot as we further expand in this region. We look forward to working with Scoot on the delivery of these aircraft over the coming years and value the airline as one of our new customers.”

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For more information please contact:

Conor Irwin/Orla Benson, SMBC Aviation Capital: +353 87 3816106

About Scoot

Scoot is the low-cost arm of the Singapore Airlines Group. Scoot took to the skies in June 2012 and merged with Tigerair Singapore in July 2017, retaining the Scoot brand and positioning it well for a new chapter of growth. Scoot has carried over 65 million guests and now has a fleet of 20 state of the art, widebody Boeing 787 Dreamliners and 28 young and modern Airbus A320 family aircraft, with two more Boeing 787 Dreamliners, 31 Airbus A320neo and 16 A321neo aircraft on order. Scoot’s network presently encompasses 68 destinations across 15 countries, with six more Indonesia destinations to join the network by the second half of 2020. Book your tickets at FlyScoot.com or contact our Call Centre. Find out more on FlyScoot.com, Facebook.com/FlyScoot, Instagram.com/FlyScoot, and Twitter.com/flyscoot.

About SMBC Aviation Capital

Based in the IFSC in Dublin Ireland, SMBC Aviation Capital is one of the world’s leading aircraft leasing companies, with 83 airline customers in 37 countries. At 30 September 2019, the company owns, manages and is committed to purchase 717 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 https://www.smbc.aero/

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29/11/2019

SMBC Aviation Capital closes US$1 billion loan facility with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation

Dublin, November 29, 2019: SMBC Aviation Capital, one of the world’s leading aircraft leasing companies, today announced that it has closed a US$1 billion loan facility with the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (“JBIC”).

The facility has a 10 year term and will be used to finance a proportion of SMBC Aviation Capital’s order book with Airbus and Boeing in the coming years. JBIC is a policy-based Financial Institution owned by the Japanese government which promotes the overseas development of strategically important Japanese owned enterprises.

Commenting on the transaction, Barry Flannery, Chief Financial Officer of SMBC Aviation Capital, said:

“This transaction further expands our relationship with JBIC. This is a strong endorsement of SMBC Aviation Capital’s strategy and the continued success of our partnership with the SMBC Group and Sumitomo Corporation. Our shareholders bring significant financial support and product strength to our business. We in turn, have delivered strong and stable profitability in addition to expanding their financing activities in the global aviation space, so that we have true strategic alignment”

Commenting on the transaction, JBIC says this loan is for “supporting overseas business expansion of the Japanese aircraft leasing industry”, and they express in their press release that “as Japan's policy-based financial institution, JBIC will continue to provide financial support for the overseas business development of Japanese companies”.

Last week, SMBC Aviation Capital announced an increase in profit before tax of US$200m for the half year to September 30 2019, which is a 19% increase on the comparative period last year.

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For media enquiries, please contact:

Conor Irwin, SMBC Aviation Capital: +353 87 381 6106

Richard Webster Smith, Finsbury: +44 7796 708551

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About SMBC Aviation Capital

Based in the IFSC in Dublin 1, SMBC Aviation Capital is one of the world’s leading aircraft leasing companies, with 83 airline customers in 37 countries. At 30 September 2019, the company owned and managed an aircraft fleet valued at over US$18.9bn with an additional order book of over US$14bn. 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 https://www.smbc.aero

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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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