Our first A350

Asiana Airlines, one of Korea’s and Asia’s leading airlines, 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.

This is a milestone transaction which 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.

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.

This delivery also begins a new chapter in Asiana's history bringing significant enhancements to the airline's fleet. This A350-900 aircraft will provide the airline with operational advantages across its long-haul network, expanding its global footprint. This is an aircraft that will offer passengers the latest and newest cabin developments to make their journey an exceptional passenger experience.

Fast facts

Six A350 XWBs
Our most significant sale and leaseback transaction to date.

A first...
For Korea, for Asiana Airlines and for SMBC Aviation Capital.

PDPs
The second PDP financing for SMBC Aviation Capital to date.

A strong bond
SMBC Aviation Capital and Asiana Airlines have been working together for 14 rewarding years.

Speeding ahead
The A350 XWB model boasts a 0.85 mach cruise speed.

International
Main sections built in France, Spain, Germany and the UK.

Greener flying
25% less CO2 emissions than the aircraft it replaces.

Airframe spec
70% + of airframe made of strong, lightweight materials that are highly resistant to corrosion and fatigue.
  • (l-r) Ewen McDonald, Senior Vice President Customers, Rolls Royce, Didier Evrard, Airbus EVP-head of programs; Soo-Cheon Kim, Asiana Airlines president and CEO; SMBC Aviation Capital CEO Peter Barrett.