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 concludes five A320neo aircraft deal with new customer, Chilean airline, JetSMART

3 October 2018: SMBC Aviation Capital, the leading aircraft leasing company has today announced an agreement for the placement of five (5) A320 neo aircraft with Chilean low-cost carrier, JetSMART Airlines. This marks SMBC Aviation Capital’s first deal with the airline.

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Seven graduates join SMBC Aviation Capital

-as 2019 Graduate Programme opens to new applicants-

(Pictured l-r are): Gavin Browne, Orlagh Hynes, John James Kelly, Claire Bensahmoun, Parth Parikh, Oliver Robinson and Anthony Boland.

Dublin, October 1 2018: SMBC Aviation Capital today announced that seven graduates have commenced the company’s two year Graduate Programme, the largest intake since the Graduate Programme was launched five years ago. The company’s 2019 Graduate Programme has also opened to new applicants today.

This year, SMBC Aviation Capital is seeking to attract more female graduates from a wide variety of disciplines to pursue a career in aircraft leasing. The company will also host an open evening on October 17 where graduates can learn more about the sector.

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Fast Facts

660+ Aircraft

Average fleet age of 4.5 years

We have A- (Fitch) and BBB+ (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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