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 163 aircraft transactions completed last month, according to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database. This compares with 197 in July and 254 in June.
The number of lease and wet-lease transactions continued to drop last month. Ascend shows 79 deals closing compared with 98 in July and 141 in June.
In August only 55 operating lease contracts closed, down from 69 in July, and 99 in June.
The single-aisle market accounted for only 21 transactions, or 38%. In July narrowbodies represented 60% of the operating lease transactions. In June there were a total of 99 lease transactions, including 70 in the single-aisle market.
Last month the Boeing 737 families were the most popular with a total of 12 transactions, or 57% of the narrowbody operating lease market.
The Airbus A320 family aircraft recorded nine lease transactions. In July the A320 family aircraft recorded 16 transactions, down from 45 the previous month.
The 737 Classics and the A320 model were the most popular aircraft with eight and five transactions, respectively.
Last month regional jet operating leases were up to 11 units from seven the previous month. Eight transactions in August were on the Embraer E-Jet family. In June there were 11 regional jet operating leases.
Only four turboprop operating leases closed last month, three of which were ATR 72 aircraft. There were seven turboprop transaction arranged in July and six in June.
The widebody market accounted for 19 operating leases in July, compared with 14 in July and 12 in June. A total of 12 transactions closed on the Boeing 767 models.
The wetleased market recorded 24 transactions in August, compared with 29 in July and 42 in June.
Narrowbody wetleases represented nine deals in August down from 10 units in July, with three transactions closing on the A320 model, two on 737 Classics and two on Boeing MD80s.
The number of widebody wetlease transactions was six. Four wetlease deals closed on the 747-400 model. One deal involved the A340-300 aircraft, while another transaction featured the 767-300ER.
There were also one wetlease transactions for regional jets and eight for turboprops last month.
Overall transactions for narrowbody aircraft continued to drop in August after reaching a peak in June with 158 units.
Ascend data shows a total of 71 narrowbody transactions last month down from 111 in July. Acquisitions accounted for 41 units (58% of narrowbody market transactions) compared with 60 units (54% of narrowbody market transactions) in July.
There were 21 operating leases (38% of the total narrowbody activity) and nine wetleases (13%) in the single-aisle market in August.
The Boeing products dominated the narrowbody purchase activity in August with 36 aircraft transactions closed. There were 12 757 acquisitions during the month while nine deals closed on the 737 Classics and another six on 737NG aircraft.
The Airbus family sale activity was restricted to one A318, two A320 and two A321 sales. In July a total of six Airbus family transactions closed in the narrowbody market.
The turboprop purchase activity accounted for 12 deals in August, compared with 17 in July and 13 in June. A total of five ATR aircraft were sold last month along with three Bombardier Dash8s, two Fokker 50 and two Saab aircraft.
The number of overall turboprop transactions also dropped last month to 24 deals, from 29 the previous month. Turboprop wetlease transactions reached eight units, up from five in July but lease events accounted for four units, down from seven the previous month.
There were 36 transactions in regional jet market last month, a third more than in July, Ascend shows. In August, 24 regional jets changed ownership, while one aircraft was placed under operating leases and 11 on wetlease transactions. In July, 10 regional jets alone were sold.
In August, a total of 13 purchase transactions closed on Embraer ERJ models. This was an increase from four units in July.
The regional jet activity also included eight Bombardier CRJs, two BAE Systems 146/Avro products, while one transaction was recorded on E-Jets.
Activity on the widebody market last month was similar to June and July with 32 deals recorded. Lease and purchase deals were on par with the July data. The purchase activity dropped to seven units (22%) in August from 12 deals in July. However lease events reached 19 transactions, representing 59% of the total widebody activity.
Only seven widebody aircraft traded for purchase last month. There were four 767-300ER sales along with one 747-400, one MD11 and one 777. Widebody sales totalled 10 units in each July and June.
Widebody wetlease activity dropped to six units, or 19% of the total widebody transactions.