ANALYSIS: Aircraft transactions - June 2013

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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 254 aircraft transactions completed last month, according to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database. This compares with 279 deals in May and 173 in April.

Last month, a total of 141 lease and wet-lease transactions closed, up from 139 in May and 96 in April.

Operating leases closed on 99 aircraft with the single-aisle market totalling 70 transactions, or 70%. In May there were a total of 97 lease transactions, including 72 in the single-aisle market. 

In June the Airbus A320 family aircraft was the most popular with a total of 45 transactions, or 62% of the narrowbody operating lease market.

The A320 alone accounted for 20 transactions while another 19 leases were for the A319 model. The 737 Next Generation aircraft recorded 17 lease transactions last month while another four deals closed on the 737 Classics. In May, the 737 Next Generation leases accounted for 10 units while another eight were for the Classics.

In June regional jet operating leases reached 11 units while another six were turboprop deals. Only four turboprop operating leases closed in May while the regional market recorded 16 transactions.

The widebody market recorded 12 operating leases in June, compared with five in May.

The wetleased market stayed at the same level in terms of number of transactions. But the 42 wetleases closed in June represented 10 more transactions than in April and 18 more than in March.

There was a significant shift to the widebody market in June. A total of 14 wetlease transactions were signed compared with six units during the previous month.

Seven wetlease transactions closed on the A330 models along with one A310 and one A340. On the Boeing side, two deals closed involving the 747-400 model, another two on the 767-300ER while one deal featured the 757 aircraft.

Narrowbody wetleases totalled 21 transactions in June (10 aircraft less than in May) and represented 50% of the wetlease activity. The A320 model continued to head the table with 10 transactions closed, albeit five unit less than the previous month.

There were also four wetlease transactions for regional jets and three for turboprops last month.

Overall transactions for narrowbody aircraft increased again in June. Ascend data shows a total of 158 units, compared with 152 transactions in May and 140 transactions in April. Last month narrowbodies acquisitions accounted for 67 units (42% of narrowbody market transactions) compared with 49 aircraft in May.


There were 70 operating leases (45% of the total narrowbody activity) and 21 wetleases (13%) in the single-aisle market.

There were 19 purchases of 737NG aircraft during the month while another nine deals closed on the 737 Classics. A total of 13 transactions closed on Boeing MD-80/90s while four Boeing 757s were sold in June.

A total of 18 sale transactions closed on the A320 family aircraft last month including two A318s, nine A319s, six A320s and one A321. In May, only two A319s and two A320s changed ownership.

On the widebody front, four A340s traded in June along with one A330, three 767-300ERs and two 747-400s. This compared with 16 trades in May including 12 Airbus aircraft.

The turboprop purchase activity accounted for 23 transactions in June, about half of the May's activity. A total of six ATR aircraft traded last month along with five Bombardier Dash8s, one Fokker 50 and one Saab aircraft. 


Overall 10 turboprop transactions closed on ATR models accounted last month. Another five deals closed on the Dash8 series in June.

There were 38 transactions in regional jet market last month, about 12 units less than in May. In June, 30 regional jets changed ownership, while 11 aircraft were placed under operating leases and four on wetlease transactions.


The Embraer ERJs were once again the most popular aircraft trading. A total of 18 transactions closed during the month compared with 15 purchases in May. Three CRJs traded in June, compared with nine in May.

Activity on the widebody market in June was more balanced than in the previous month. Of 36 transactions, 14 (39%) closed on wetlease transactions compared with six (22%) in May. The purchase activity dropped to 10 units (28%) in June from 16 deals (59%) in May. Lease events more than doubled to 12 transactions in June, representing 33% of the total widebody activity. In May only five widebodies were placed under operating leases.