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 197 aircraft transactions completed last month, according to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database. This compares with 254 in June and 279 deals in May.
The number of lease and wet-lease transactions in July returned to the April levels. Last month, a total of 98 lease and wet-lease transactions closed, down from 141 in June, 139 in May and 96 in April.
Only 69 operating leases closed in July, a third down from the previous month. The single-aisle market recorded 41 transactions, or 60%. In June there were a total of 99 lease transactions, including 70 in the single-aisle market.
In July the Boeing 737 families were the most popular with a total of 21 transactions, or 61% of the narrowbody operating lease market.
Last month the Airbus A320 family aircraft recorded 16 transactions. In June the Airbus A320 family aircraft was the most popular with 45 transactions, or 62% of the narrowbody operating lease market.
The A320 alone accounted for 10 lease transactions while 11 deals closed on 737 Classics and another 10 on 737 Next Generation aircraft.
Regional jet operating leases were down to seven units last month compared with 11 units in June. The turboprop market reached a "plateau" of seven transactions in July. There were six turboprop transaction arranged in June and four in May.
The widebody market accounted for 14 operating leases in July, compared with 12 in June. A total of 10 transactions closed on Airbus A330 models.
The wetleased market recorded 29 transactions last month compared with 42 in June and May.
Narrowbody wetleases halved in July to 10 units, with four transactions closing on the A320 model, three on 737 Classics and three on Boeing MD80 units. In June, the A320 model recorded 10 transactions alone.
The number of widebody wetlease transactions also halved in July to seven units. Four wetlease deals closed on the A330 models. On the Boeing side, one deal closed involving the 747-400 model, while two transactions featured the 777 aircraft.
There were also seven wetlease transactions for regional jets and five for turboprops last month.
Overall transactions for narrowbody aircraft slowed in July after reaching a peak the previous month with 158 units.
Ascend data shows a total of 111 narrowbody units closed last month, with acquisitions accounting for 60 units (54% of narrowbody market transactions) compared with 67 units (42% of narrowbody market transactions) in June.
There were 41 operating leases (37% of the total narrowbody activity) and 10 wetleases (9%) in the single-aisle market.
The Boeing products dominated the narrowbody purchase activity in July with a total of 54 aircraft closed. There were 14 acquisition of 737NG aircraft during the month while another 19 deals closed on the 737 Classics. A total of 12 transactions closed on Boeing MD-80/90s while nine Boeing 757s were sold in July.
The Airbus family activity was restricted to one A319 and five A320 sales. In June a total of 18 Airbus family transactions closed in the narrowbody market.
On the widebody front, one A340 traded in June along with four A330s, five 767-300ERs and one 747-400. This compared with 10 trades in June and 16 sales in May.
The turboprop purchase activity accounted for 17 transactions in July, compared with 13 deals in June. A total of nine ATR aircraft were sold last month along with three Bombardier Dash8s, one Fokker 50 and four Saab aircraft.
Overall 29 turboprop transactions closed in July among which 17 transactions were recorded on ATR models. Another four deals closed on the Dash8 series, seven on Saab 340/2000 aircraft while one Fokker F50 was sold.
There were 24 transactions in regional jet market last month, about 14 units less than in June. In July, 10 regional jets changed ownership, while seven aircraft were placed under operating leases and seven on wetlease transactions. In June, 23 regional jets alone changed ownership.
The regional jet activity in July was more diversified than in the previous month with eight deals involving the BAE Systems 146/Avro products, five deals on Bombardier CRJs, four closings on Embraer ERJs. Another six deals closed on Embraer E-Jets while one transaction was recorded on Fokker products.
Activity on the widebody market in July was similar to June with 33 deals recorded. Lease and purchase deals were up on the previous month but wetlease transactions halved to seven units.
Of 33 transactions, wetlease transactions accounted for 21%. The purchase activity increased to 12 units (36%) in July from 10 deals in June. Lease events reached 14 transactions, representing 42% of the total widebody activity.