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Published on October 15th, 2021 | by Alan Dwyer

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SMBC Announces Lease Agreement with Spirit

SMBC Aviation Capital has announced that it has concluded a lease agreement for twenty Airbus A320neo aircraft with US based low-cost carrier Spirit Airlines. The agreement with Spirit Airlines consists of the sale and leaseback of fourteen A320neo aircraft, to be delivered from November 2021 through to September 2022, in addition to six direct A320neo lease placements from the SMBC order book. These will be delivered to Spirit from September 2022 through February 2023. Spirit’s fleet consists of 168 aircraft serving 83 destinations throughout the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean.

Barry Flannery of SMBC

Commenting on the deal Chief Commercial Officer, SMBC Barry Flannery said, “We are delighted to sign these lease agreements with Spirit, continuing our strong partnership with the airline. The delivery of twenty of the newest generation, fuel efficient A320neo aircraft will help Spirit deliver on its strategy to grow capacity whilst meeting its sustainability goals. This transaction reaffirms how there is continued demand for SMBC Aviation Capital’s young, fuel efficient narrow body aircraft, and how our business continues to offer innovative and flexible financing solutions to customers as the aviation industry recovers from the pandemic.”

Also commenting was Vice President and Treasurer at Spirit Airlines, Simon Gore who added, “Our partnership with SMBC Aviation Capital plays a pivotal role in helping us achieve our previously announced capacity plans for 2022 and 2023. Spirit was the first U.S. airline to operate the revolutionary A320neo, which gives our Guests the enhanced experience they’re looking for and offers incredible fuel efficiency. Each of these new aircraft will allow us to deliver on our mission of providing the best value in the sky.”

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