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 signs its most significant deal to date in India

Thirteen aircraft deal with India’s premier international carrier, Jet Airways -

19th February 2018: SMBC Aviation Capital today announced that it has signed its most significant single deal to date in India with Jet Airways, India’s premier, full-service international airline. The transaction involves the sale and leaseback of 13 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft with the first aircraft set to deliver in August 2018. The new aircraft will be powered by CFM International LEAP-1B engines.

SMBC Aviation Capital has worked with Jet Airways since 2004 and is currently leasing three B737-800 aircraft to the airline which were delivered in recent months. The new deal follows a competitive tender process.

Speaking on the conclusion of the transaction Peter Barrett, CEO, SMBC Aviation Capital said, “We are very pleased to conclude this transaction, our most significant MAX sale and leaseback to date. This transaction, which follows a competitive tender process, demonstrates our ability to provide innovative financing solutions to our customers. India is one of our fastest growing markets and we are pleased to extend our presence in the region with Jet Airways, which is one of our longest standing partners.”

CEO of Jet Airways, Mr. Vinay Dube“This agreement will facilitate a well-programmed induction of the much-awaited Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft to our fleet, helping us enhance operational efficiency and redefine our service experience on the back of growing air traffic demand in India.”


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SMBC Aviation Capital announces first deal of 2018

Pictured (l-r) Zlatko Custovic, Fleet Director, Wizz Air, Andras Sebok, Head of Corporate Finance and Fleet Acquisition, Wizz Air, Denis Hogan, SVP & Regional Manager Airline Marketing, SMBC Aviation Capital, Iain Wetherall, Chief Financial Officer, Wizz Air and Jamie Cahillane, SVP Airline Marketing, SMBC Aviation Capital.

-Five aircraft deal with Wizz Air-

Dublin, January 25th 2018: SMBC Aviation Capital, the leading aircraft leasing company has today announced a five aircraft deal with Wizz Air, the largest low-cost airline in Central and Eastern Europe. The transaction involves the sale and leaseback of five A321ceo aircraft with the delivery programme commencing from March 2018.

Wizz Air operates a fleet of 88 Airbus A320 and Airbus A321 aircraft, and offers more than 550 routes from 28 bases, connecting 145 destinations across 44 countries. These new A321ceo aircraft, which will be powered by IAE International Aero Engines AG’s V2500 engine, will provide additional capacity for Wizz Air’s continued growth.

József Váradi, CEO of Wizz Air commented, “We are pleased to confirm this deal with SMBC Aviation Capital. The addition of these aircraft will help us to continue to drive our operating costs lower as we aim to become the absolute cost leader in Europe. In 2018, we will remain focused on stimulating customer demand and making low cost air travel accessible for all, while delivering a great experience on-board one of the youngest aircraft fleets in Europe”.

Peter Barrett, CEO, SMBC Aviation Capital added, “We are delighted to confirm this announcement and look forward to developing our existing strong customer relationship with Wizz Air. The A321ceo aircraft offers airline customers superior seat-mile costs and seating capacity meaning that it is particularly suited to the low-cost carrier market.”

SMBC Aviation Capital’s owned, managed and committed portfolio of A321 aircraft stands at 20. In addition to its portfolio of A321s, SMBC Aviation Capital has a portfolio of 148 A320s and an order book of 110 A320neos.

The company currently has two existing aircraft on lease to Wizz Air.

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660+ Aircraft

Average fleet age of 4.5 years

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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 430 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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