The Flightglobal Pro aircraft transaction monthly data analysis is split in three event types: operating leases, wet and sub-leases and the purchase of aircraft. The report covers single-aisle and long-haul aircraft as well as regional jets and turboprops.
A total of 173 commercial aircraft transactions were completed in April, according to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database. This compares with 160 in March and 173 aircraft transactions in February 2013.
In April, a total of 96 lease and wet-lease transactions closed, the same amount of deals as the previous month.
Lease transactions closed on 64 aircraft with the single-aisle market totalling 57 deals. In March there were a total of 72 lease transactions, including 37 in the single-aisle market.
In April the 737 Next Generation aircraft were the most popular aircraft (18 transactions) in terms of leases, followed by the A320 model (13 transactions). The 737 Classics recorded 11 leases while the A321 had six transactions and four A319s were leased.
Last month four operating lease transactions closed in the regional market with the ATR products accounting for three deals. This compares with 31 transactions in March with 15 leases closed on turboprops and 16 on regional jets.
The widebody market recorded only three operating leases in April, one aircraft less than in March.
The wetleased market continued to improve and recorded 32 transactions in April, eight more than in March.
Last month the number of wetleases on narrowbodies doubled to 24 transactions while widebodies accounted for three transactions. There were also five wetlease transactions for regional jets and turboprops.
Overall transactions for narrowbody aircraft jumped to 140 units in April, compared with 92 in March, and 108 in February. Narrowbodies purchases accounted for 59 aircraft (42%), while another 57 were operating leases (41%).
The 737 Classics accounted for 17 purchase transactions while another 11 deals closed on 737 Next Generation aircraft. A total of 16 transactions closed on Boeing MD-80/90s.The Airbus transactions included 10 aircraft while five Boeing 757s were sold during April.
On the widebody front, five Airbus A330s along with two A340s were sold in April. The large widebody market purchase transactions included four Boeing 747-400s and two Airbus A380s.
The turboprop activity accounted for nine transactions last month, down from 29 the previous month. Two ATR 72s changed ownership in April while four ATR 72s were placed on wetlease basis. Last month there were three turboprop lease transactions, down from 15 in February.
The regional jet market closed three BAE Systems 146/Avro RJ sales last month, while one 146 aircraft was placed under an operating lease agreement.
In March, the regional jet market accounted for 39 transactions: 19 sales, 16 leases and four wetlease placements.
In April, a total of 19 widebody aircraft transactions closed, the same amount of deals as the previous month.
Purchase transactions accounted for 64% of the total transactions last month, up from 53% in March. Another 16% were lease acquisitions while the remaining 16% were wet-lease deals.