News — 2018

SMBC Aviation Capital celebrates its first MAX


Seattle and Mexico City, 5th July 2018: SMBC Aviation Capital, a leading global aircraft leasing company, is today celebrating the delivery of its first Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft MSN 43706.The aircraft has been delivered to Aeromexico as part of a ten aircraft deal on purchase and leaseback, which also includes a PDP facility, previously announced in 2017.

This aircraft is specifically designed for Aeromexico. The aircraft's cabin interior will feature an overall redesign of seat ergonomics including increased seat widths, an increase of the cocktail table and meal tray areas and the inclusion of an integrated tablet holder. Lighting is also another key focus with new in-seat lighting effects designed to better define passengers' personal space.

Andres Conesa, CEO of Aeromexico said "Our goal is to offer a premium passenger experience. This means that the design of our cabin interior must support our ethos of overall passenger well-being by providing our customers with the latest and newest advancements in passenger comfort, not just for our long-haul aircraft but also across our short and medium-haul fleet.

We are committed to offering a state of the art fleet adding Boeing 737 MAX airliners and Boeing 787 Dreamliners, and this delivery is an important step on that journey. We look forward to continuing to work with SMBC Aviation Capital to achieve our goals."

Mr Peter Barrett, Chief Executive Officer, SMBC Aviation Capital said, "This is an exciting announcement for SMBC Aviation Capital as it is our first delivery of the new generation Boeing 737 MAX. We continue to invest in new technology aircraft, which now make up 22% of our fleet, meaning that we have one of the youngest fleets in the market with an overall weighted average age of 4.5 years.

Having a younger, more fuel-efficient fleet will be an increasingly important factor in the years to come as airlines look to renew their fleets in order to improve efficiencies. Aeromexico is one of SMBC Aviation Capital's longest airline customer relationships and we look forward to continuing to support the company's fleet renewal plans in the years to come"

For more information please contact:

Orla Benson, SMBC Aviation Capital, Mobile: 00 353 86 047 4343

Ben Griffiths/Selene Alford, Powerscourt: +44 7753 464 637 / +353 87 642 8844

About Aeromexico

Grupo Aeroméxico, S.A.B. de C.V. is a holding company whose subsidiaries are engaged in commercial aviation in Mexico and the promotion of passenger loyalty programs. Aeromexico, Mexico´s global airline, operates more than 600 daily flights and its main hub is in Terminal 2 at the Mexico City International Airport. Its destinations network features more than 90 cities on three continents, including 43 destinations in Mexico, 22 in the United States, 17 in Latin America, 4 in Europe, 3 in Canada and 3 in Asia.

The Group's operating fleet of 132 aircraft is comprised of Boeing 787 and 737 jet airliners and next generation Embraer 170 and 190 models. In 2012, the airline announced the most significant investment strategy in aviation history in Mexico, to purchase 100 Boeing aircraft including 90 MAX B737 jet airliners and 10 B787-9 Dreamliners.

As a founding member of the SkyTeam airline alliance, Aeromexico offers customers more than 1,000 destinations in 177 countries served by the 20 SkyTeam airline partners rewarding passengers with benefits including access to 672 premium airport lounges around the world. Aeromexico also offers travel on its codeshare partner flights with Delta Air Lines, Avianca, Copa Airlines, EL AL, GOL Linhas Aéreas, Jet Airways and WestJet, with extensive connectivity in countries like the United States, Brazil, Canada, Central America, Colombia, India, Israel or Peru.

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