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 150 aircraft transactions completed last month, according to Flightglobal's Ascend Online database. This compares with 163 in August and 197 in July.
Ascend data shows that in September the number of lease and wet-lease transactions remained at the same level as in August with 79 deals closed.
Operating lease deals continued their decline in September with only 29 transactions recorded. In August there were 55 operating leases signed, down from 69 in July, and 99 in June.
The single-aisle market accounted for 21 transactions, or 72% of the total. In August, narrowbodies represented 38% of the total transaction or 21 deals. The previous month 60% of the operating lease transactions were narrowbodies.
Last month the Boeing 737 families were again the most popular with a total of 11 transactions, or 52% of the narrowbody operating lease market.
The Classics recorded nine operating lease transactions, while two deals also closed on 737 NG aircraft.
The Airbus A320 family aircraft recorded 10 transactions, one more transaction than in August. A total of seven transactions closed on the A320 model, along with two deals on the A319 and one transaction on the A318.
Last month no operating lease deals closed on the regional jets while two transactions, involving ATR 72s, were recorded on the turboprop side. In August, 11 transaction closed on regional jets, four on the turboprop models.
The widebody market accounted for six operating lease deals in September, compared with 19 transactions in August and 14 in July.
The Airbus A330, Boeing 747-400 and 767-300ER each saw two transactions closing last month.
The wetlease market recorded 50 transactions in September, mainly because of the Hajj activity. 24 transactions in August, compared with 29 in July and 42 in June.
Narrowbody wetleases accounted for 14 deals in September, up from nine deals in August and 10 units in July. The A320 model represented eight units, the Classic another four, Ascend data shows. The A319 and the 737NG recorded one transaction each in September.
The number of widebody wetlease transactions jumped to 31 in September, from six units in August. A total of 13 wetlease deals closed on the A330 model, while another nine units were 747-400s. There were five transactions on the 767-300ER and two A310s. One deal involved the A340-300 aircraft, while another transaction featured the 777.
There were also five wetlease transactions for turboprops last month, compared with eight units in August.
Transactions for narrowbody aircraft increased again last month with 83 units. This compares with 71 deals recorded in August and 111 in July.
Acquisitions accounted for 48 units (58% of narrowbody market transactions) compared with 41 units (58% of narrowbody market transactions) in July.
There were 21 operating leases (25% of the total narrowbody activity) and 14 wetleases (17%) in September compared with 21 operating leases and nine wetleases the single-aisle market in August.
The Boeing products continued to dominate the narrowbody purchase activity last month with 35 transaction closed, representing 73% of the single-aisle activity.
There were 13 737 Classics acquisitions in September while nine deals closed on the 757s and another eight on 737NG aircraft.
The Airbus family sale activity was restricted to one A319, one A321 but 11 A320 transactions also closed. In August a total of five Airbus family transactions closed in the narrowbody market.
The turboprop purchase activity accounted for 10 units in September, down from 12 deals in August and 17 in July. A total of six ATR models traded last month along with four BAE Systems ATP aircraft.
Ascend data shows that the number of overall turboprop transactions dropped last month to 17 units from 24 deals in August and 29 the previous month.
Turboprop wetlease transactions accounted for five units, down from eight in August while lease transactions were down to two units.
Only one transaction was recorded in regional jet market last month, compared with 36 units in August.
Activity on the widebody market in September increased 53% compared with August. Ascend data shows a total of 49 deals on widebody aircraft with 31 aircraft being wetleased. The purchase activity was up to 12 units (25% of widebody transactions) compared with seven units (22%) in August from 12 deals in July. However lease events dropped to six units compared with 19 transactions in August.
Four Airbus A340s along with four 767-300ERs changed ownership last month. Sales also included one 747-400, two A300s and one A310 aircraft.