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 longhaul aircraft as well as regional jets and turboprops.
A total of 173 commercial aircraft transactions were completed in February, according to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database. This compares with 159 aircraft transactions in January 2013 and 192 in December 2012.
In January, a total of 77 lease and wet-lease transactions closed on 50 single-aisle aircraft.
Lease transactions in the single-aisle market accounted for 41% of the total activity. Aircraft acquisitions accounted for 54% of all transactions, while the remaining 6% were wet leases.
The Boeing 737 models accounted for 16 operating leases during the month, with Classic aircraft representing nine transactions. During February, lease placements closed on 11 Boeing 757s and two Boeing MD-80.
The Airbus transactions included one Airbus A318, six A319s, seven A320s and one A321.
Single-aisle, wet-lease and sublease deals included two 737 Classics and four A320 aircraft.
On the acquisition front, a total of 41 Boeing single-aisle aircraft were traded including six MD-80s, two MD-90s, one 757 as well as six 737NGs and 26 737 Classics. There were also 15 A320s sold during the month, along with one A319.
The turboprop market recorded 14 transactions last month. One ATR 72 was wet leased while another one was leased. Two Bombardier Dash8s were placed under operating leases. Last month 11 turboprops found new homes, compared with 15 units in January. A total of six ATR42/72s were traded along with one Saab aircraft and four Dash8s.
Regional jets purchase activity accounted for 20 transactions in February compared with 10 aircraft the previous month. A total of 10 CRJs were sold last month while another five were placed on leases. The ERJ-145 family recorded four sales and three leases in February. Two Fokker aircraft were sold while another three were leased.
In the longhaul market, purchase transactions accounted for 39% of the total transactions. Another 28% were lease acquisitions while the remaining 33% were wet-lease deals.
For Airbus, the longhaul leasing activity included A300, A310, A330 and A340 models. On the Boeing side, the 767-300ER model was the most traded aircraft. Three aircraft of the type were sold, three placed under operating leases and one was wet leased.