SMBC Aviation Capital Orders 60 Airbus A320 Family Aircraft
Aircraft lessor SMBC Aviation capital has placed a new order for 60 Airbus A320neo Family aircraft, taking their total of the type purchased directly from Airbus to 340 jets.
On Tuesday (November 21, 2023), Airbus announced that leading aircraft lessor, SMBC Aviation Capital, has placed an order for 60 new Airbus A320neo Family jets. The order brings the lessor’s total of the type purchased directly from Airbus to 340 aircraft. With its exceptional seat mile cost, the A320neo Family offers airlines the flexibility to expand their networks on new longer haul routes, with a single-aisle aircraft that offers cabin products previously only available on widebody jets.
In Tuesday’s announcement, SMBC Aviation Capital’s CEO, Peter Barrett, said,
“This transaction is further testament of sustained global demand for technologically advanced, fuel-efficient aircraft, and comes amidst the continuing strong recovery in air travel worldwide. With sustainability and operational efficiency remaining key priorities for our customers, we anticipate even greater demand for aircraft such as the A320neo and the A321neo in the years ahead. We look forward to strengthening our valued partnership with Airbus as we help our customers navigate these priorities.”
Also commenting on the incremental A320neo Family Order, Airbus’ Chief Commercial Officer and Head of International, Christian Scherer, said,
“SMBC Aviation Capital’s latest decision to reinvest for the long term in the A320neo Family shows a great confidence and commitment to what is, and is continuing to be, the most successful aircraft programme ever. As one of the world’s leading aircraft lessors, SMBC Aviation Capital is committing to its sustainable aviation roadmap through the world’s most efficient single aisle products. We very much appreciate our working relationship with SMBC and thank them sincerely for their continued confidence.”
With the latest technologies, including new generation engines, Sharklets, and cabin efficiency enablers, the A320neo Family delivers a fuel savings of 20 percent compared to previous generation airplanes. Since launching in 2010, the A320neo Family has received over 9.700 orders form more than 130 customers, making it the most popular aircraft in the world.