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 receives the Aviation 100 Fund of the Year (New) award for GAEL

Dublin January 21st 2020: SMBC Aviation Capital is delighted to announce that its GAEL fund has been awarded the Aviation 100 Fund of the Year (New) award. This is the first time this award has been presented by Airline Economics at its annual awards ceremony in Dublin. The Aviation 100 recognises the year’s most outstanding performers in the aerospace industry.

GAEL represents one of SMBC Aviation Capital’s most innovative trading transactions to date. It was fully-subscribed after a very short marketing period demonstrating the appetite for the aircraft identified and for investment into the aircraft leasing space from institutional investors in Japan. The fund is now also fully deployed following completion of the eight aircraft transaction.

Brian McArdle, Senior Director, Aircraft Trading commented: “We are delighted to accept this award from Airline Economics following the successful launch of our inaugural aviation fund, GAEL. This recognises the hard work and innovation by our team, our shareholder SMBC who we partnered with on the equity raising in Japan and all of our other partners who were part of this success. Aircraft leasing continues to be an attractive asset class for the Japanese institutional investor market and we expect this to continue as more opportunities and products come on stream in the market.”

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SMBC Aviation Capital continues its support of AWAR

-to support the advancement of women in aviation -

Dublin January 20th 2020: SMBC Aviation Capital is pleased to announce its continued support of AWAR (Advancing Women in Aviation Roundtable). The purpose of AWAR is to promote the advancement of women in the aviation industry by engaging CEOs and senior management and to raise awareness around the benefits of diversity and inclusion.

The 6th annual AWAR lunch will take place on the 21st of January in Dublin and the purpose is to address practical ways to creating and sustaining a diverse workforce.

Commenting, Peter Barrett said, “2020 will be an important year for us as our newly established EDI Committee rolls out a number of initiatives to promote diversity at all levels of the company. We look forward to supporting events like AWAR to learn how the industry can advance this important initiative into the future.”


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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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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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