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 to purchase three new Boeing 737-800s

25th April 2017

SMBC Aviation Capital, one of the world’s leading aircraft leasing companies, has announced that it is to purchase three Boeing 737-800s, bringing its total owned, managed and committed portfolio for B737-800s to 198.

Two of the three new aircraft will be placed on lease with Japanese airline ANA.The remaining aircraft will be placed on lease over the coming weeks. All three aircraft will be powered with CFM engines.

Commenting on the transaction, Peter Barrett, CEO of SMBC Aviation Capital said: “We are very pleased to announce this direct order from Boeing for a further three B737-800s. As the size of our portfolio of B737-800s indicates, it is an aircraft for which we see substantial demand from our customer base and which has been a core part of our offering over many years.

Above all, this transaction has come to fruition because of our strong relationship with ANA and underpins our ability to work closely with our OEM partners to deliver near term opportunities for our airline customers.”

Brad McMullen, Vice President of North America & Leasing Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes added “We are pleased to announce this further collaboration with SMBC Aviation Capital which already has a significant order book with us.As always, we look forward to working together to deliver on their customers’ specific fleet requirements.”

In addition to its portfolio of B737s and B787s, SMBC Aviation Capital has an order book of 90 737 MAX 8s, with the first delivery scheduled in 2018.

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First Airbus A350 XWB for Asiana Airlines

-Six aircraft deal, one of SMBC Aviation Capital’s largest transactions to date-

Toulouse, 24 April 2017: Asiana Airlines, one of Korea’s and Asia’s leading airlines, today added its first Airbus A350 XWB (MSN 0094) to its fleet.The A350-900 was delivered by SMBC Aviation Capital and is the first of a six A350-900 sale and leaseback deal which also includes the financing of Pre-Delivery Payments due to the aircraft manufacturer. The aircraft is also the first A350 XWB to be operated by a Korean airline. SMBC Aviation Capital, together with Airbus and Asiana celebrated receipt of the aircraft at the Airbus facility in Toulouse.

“Today’s delivery begins a new chapter in our history bringing significant enhancements to our fleet. This A350-900 aircraft will provide us with operational advantages across our long-haul network enabling us to expand our global footprint. This is an aircraft that will offer our passengers the latest and newest cabin developments to make their journey an exceptional passenger experience.”

“This milestone transaction cements our long standing relationship with Asiana, one of Asia’s leading airlines, while also expanding our footprint in the Asia Pacific region, one of our largest markets worldwide.We are committed to growing and developing our customer relationships and financing these types of large scale transactions where there is an appetite with our customers.

We look forward to building on this partnership and continuing to work with Asiana and Airbus into the future.”

Fabrice Brégier, CEO of Airbus, said: "We are delighted to deliver the first A350 XWB to Asiana which will provide an unrivalled flying experience across Asiana’s extensive long haul network.”

Asiana was one of SMBC Aviation Capital’s first customers in Asia.Both companies have now worked together for over 14 years.

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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 451 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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