The Flightglobal Pro aircraft transaction monthly data analysis encompasses three event types: operating leases, wet and sub-leases and aircraft purchases. The analysis covers single-aisle and long-haul aircraft as well as regional jets and turboprops.
A total of 160 commercial aircraft transactions were completed in March, according to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database. This compares with 173 deals in February and 159 in January 2013.
In March, a total of 96 lease and wet-lease transactions closed.
Lease transactions accounted for 72 aircraft in March with single-aisle units totalling 37 deals.
Boeing 737 Classics attracted the greatest number of lease transactions, followed by the A320 model. In February, lease financing favoured the Boeing 757 market.
Regional jets recorded 16 operating lease transactions with Embraer products accounting for 10 deals. Another 15 leases closed on turboprops, up from five transactions in the previous month. The Bombardier Dash8s and ATR 42/72s accounted for six lease transactions each.
The widebody market recorded four operating leases in March, compared with five transactions in February.
Activity on the wet-lease market peaked in March as 24 transactions closed, 50% more than in the previous month. A total of 12 wet leases were completed on narrowbody aircraft, while six wet leases closed on widebody units. There were also four wet-lease transactions for regional jets and three for turboprops.
Narrowbody transactions were down in March to 92 units, compared with 108 in February. Narrowbodies purchases accounted for 43 aircraft, while another 37 units were acquired under operating leases.
Boeing 737 Classics accounted for 23 transactions and 737 Next Generation aircraft recorded 19 deals. Another 13 transactions closed on Boeing MD-80/90 aircraft.
Airbus transactions included three A319s and 15 A320s.
On the acquisition front, a total of 43 Boeing single-aisle aircraft were traded including nine MD-80s and MD-90s, two 757s, 11 737NGs and nine 737 Classics. There were also four A320s sold during the month, along with six Boeing 717s.
Turboprop sale activity accounted for 11 transactions last month. One ATR 42 and four ATR 72s were sold along with two Dash8s, two Saab aircraft and one Fokker F50.
A total of 15 turboprop lease transactions closed, compared with five deals in February.
The regional jet market recorded 19 sales last month, including six Bombardier CRJs, five Fokker F70/100s, six Embraer jets and two BAE 146s.
There were 16 new leases agreed on regional jets in March, compared with 12 in the previous month.
In the long-haul market, purchase transactions accounted for 53% of the total transactions in March, up from 39% in February. Another 21% were lease acquisitions, while the remaining 26% were wet-lease deals.