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30/11/2018

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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29/11/2018

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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21/11/2018

SMBC Aviation Capital to lease two A320 aircraft to LaudaMotion

Vienna, 21st November 2018 - Laudamotion, part of the Ryanair Group and Ryanair, the world’s leading airline today announced the completion of a transaction with SMBC Aviation Capital to lease two Airbus A320 aircraft on behalf of LaudaMotion. The aircraft are to be leased to LaudaMotion GmbH (“LaudaMotion”) as part of a series of initiatives to support LaudaMotion’s continued growth.

The first of two aircraft (MSN 2928) was delivered to LaudaMotion this week with the second aircraft due in January 2019 following redelivery from the current operator and completion of certain cabin reconfiguration in line with LaudaMotion’s specifications.

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20/11/2018

SMBC Aviation Capital results for the half year ended 30 September 2018

Dublin, 20 November 2018: SMBC Aviation Capital, one of the world’s leading aircraft leasing companies, today announces its results for the half year ended 30 September 2018.

Key Highlights:

  • Profit before tax of $168 million, up 7.5% compared to H1 2017 ($156.3 million)
  • Core lease revenue of $490million up 3.5% compared to H1 2017 ($473 million) on slightly reduced average operating lease assets (-0.5%)
  • Aircraft assets in excess of $11.2 billion, comprising 231 owned aircraft and pre-delivery payments
  • Operating margin of 42.2% (H1 2017: 41.5%)
  • $9.2 billion shareholder support
  • 30.6% of portfolio transitioned to new technology assets (H1 2017: 15%) with upward trend set to continue
  • Signed LOIs to place 44 aircraft from our order book with all 2018 and 2019 positions placed [note1]
  • Sales of 8 owned aircraft with average age of 7.9 years, profit on disposal of $11.4m
  • Signed contract for the sale of a 29 aircraft portfolio from our managed fleet
  • Raised $700m of third party financing including successful $500m bond issuance in July 2018
  • Asset spread 42% Asia, 31.2% EMEA, 26.8% The Americas



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15/11/2018

Gulf Air Completes Sale and Leaseback of 6 Airbus A320neo Aircraft with SMBC Aviation Capital

Manama, Kingdom of Bahrain, 15 November 2018 - The Kingdom of Bahrain’s national carrier, Gulf Air, and SMBC Aviation Capital, one of the world's largest aircraft leasing companies, have today announced a six-aircraft agreement for the purchase and leaseback of six Airbus A320neo aircraft. This is SMBC Aviation Capital’s first deal with Gulf Air and follows a competitive tender process.

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09/11/2018

SMBC Aviation Capital delivers Airbus A320-200 neo aircraft to Sky Airline S.A

Hamburg, November 2018 - SMBC Aviation Capital is pleased to announce the delivery of one Airbus A320-200 NEO aircraft (MSN 8523) equipped with CFMI Leap engines to Chilean Airline, Sky Airlines

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08/11/2018

SMBC Aviation Capital hosts fifth annual investor seminar in Japan

Tokyo, November 8, 2018: SMBC Aviation Capital, in conjunction with its shareholders, SMBC and SMFL, has hosted its fifth annual investor seminar in Tokyo, Japan. The event attracted its largest attendance to date with over 240 attendees representing JOL investors, JOLCO equity investors, regional Japanese banks and corporate pension funds.

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31/10/2018

SMBC Aviation Capital CEO Peter Barrett speaks to CNBC

Hong Kong, October 31st 2018 - Peter Barrett, CEO, SMBC Aviation Capital speaks to CNBC about rising fuel costs and newer, more efficient aircraft.

To watch the full video, click here

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31/10/2018

SMBC Aviation Capital hosts graduate evening


Dublin October 2018 - Thank you to everyone who came to our graduate evening. The closing date for applications to our 2019 programme is the 4 November 2018.

You can view our full graduate evening video here

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30/10/2018

SMBC Aviation Capital cements presence in Asia with Hong Kong operation

Hong Kong, October 30th 2018 - SMBC Aviation Capital has today announced that it has established an operating company in Hong Kong, SMBC Aviation Capital Hong Kong Limited which will cement its footprint in the region. The leading aircraft leasing group has previously had a presence in the region through an affiliated company.

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25/10/2018

SMBC Aviation Capital delivers Boeing 737-800 aircraft to Solaseed


Seattle, 24 October 2018

SMBC Aviation Capital is pleased to announce the delivery of one Boeing 737-800 aircraft (MSN 64876) to Japanese carrier, Solaseed Air.

Solaseed Air is a new customer for SMBC Aviation Capital and this delivery marks the latest in our long participation in Boeing’s 737-800 NG programme.

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24/10/2018

SMBC Aviation Capital delivers Airbus A320-271 neo aircraft to GoAir

Toulouse, October 2018

SMBC Aviation Capital is pleased to announce the delivery of one Airbus A320-271 neo aircraft (MSN 8498) equipped with Pratt & Whitney GTF engines to Indian Airline, Go Airlines Limited.

This is the first of two A320-neo aircraft to be delivered to GoAir with the second currently scheduled for delivery in mid-November 2018.

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23/10/2018

SMBC Aviation Capital delivers two Airbus A320-200 neo aircraft to Sky Airline S.A

Hamburg, October 2018

SMBC Aviation Capital is pleased to announce the delivery of two Airbus A320 neo aircraft (MSN 8521 and MSN 8497) each equipped with two CFMI Leap engines to Chilean Airline, Sky Airlines.

These two deliveries are part of a five aircraft deal with the first aircraft delivered on Tuesday, 16 October 2018 and the second delivered on Friday, 19 October 2018.

The remaining three aircraft will be delivered in the last quarter of 2018 and first quarter of 2019.

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03/10/2018

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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01/10/2018

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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25/09/2018

SMBC Aviation Capital delivers Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft to Jet Airways

Seattle, September 25th 2018: SMBC Aviation Capital is pleased to announce that we have today delivered our first of thirteen Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft (MSN 44863) on sale and leaseback to India’s premier full-service international airline, Jet Airways.

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10/09/2018

SMBC Aviation Capital Announces Sponsorship of Trinity SMF

SMBC Aviation Capital first aircraft leasing company to sponsor the Trinity SMF

Applications for SMBC Aviation Capital Graduate Programme open October 1st

Dublin, 10 September 2018: SMBC Aviation Capital, one of the world’s leading aircraft leasing companies, today announced its sponsorship of the Trinity Student Managed Fund (Trinity SMF), becoming the first aircraft lessor to sponsor the fund.

Established in 2010, the Trinity SMF became the first student managed fund in Europe. Run entirely by students, the fund which has 600 members, aims to develop students’ skills in equity analysis, investing and risk management. As well as being an unparalleled educational resource for students, the fund also offers numerous opportunities for networking and professional development.

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27/08/2018

SMBC Aviation Capital delivers a second Boeing 737-MAX 8 to Aeromexico