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 upgraded to A- rating by S&P

- now holds the highest credit rating in the industry-

Dublin, November 30th 2018: SMBC Aviation Capital, one of the world’s leading aircraft leasing companies, announces that its Issuer Credit Rating and Senior Unsecured Rating has been upgraded to ‘A-’ from ‘BBB+’ by S&P Global Ratings (“S&P”). This, alongside the company’s A- rating from Fitch means that SMBC Aviation Capital holds the joint highest rating of any company in the aircraft leasing industry.

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SMBC Aviation Capital receives USD $1 billion in capital from its shareholders

-Change of shareholding structure in SMBC Aviation Capital-

Tokyo November 29 2018: SMBC Aviation Capital, one of the world’s leading aircraft leasing companies, has announced that it has received USD $1 billion new capital from its shareholders.This follows on from the original announcement in November 2017 of Sumitomo Mitsui Financial Group, Inc. (“SMFG”) and Sumitomo Corporation’s (“Sumitomo Corp”) intention to provide further capital.

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660+ Aircraft

Average fleet age of 4.5 years

We have A- (Fitch) and A- (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 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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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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