Deliveries of turbine business aircraft in the first half of this year were up slightly, reflecting a stagnant U.S. economy. Total deliveries, which had jumped from 397 in the first half of 1999 to 502 in the same period last year, showed a smaller gain this year (14 percent vs 26 percent), with 572 deliveries in the first half. Part of the gain can be attributed to Piper’s re-entry into the turbine fold. Excluding deliveries of 51 Piper Meridians, the gain is considerably less than 14 percent and closer to 4 percent.
The most dramatic gain came at Cessna Aircraft, where deliveries of two new airplanes–the CJ1 and Citation Excel–propelled the company from 106 aircraft in the first six months of last year to 140 in the same period this year. Dassault Falcon Jet also saw a considerable increase, from 38 to 48 deliveries. Total deliveries of Galaxy and Astra SPXs by Galaxy Aerospace almost doubled, from nine in the first half last year to 16 in this year’s first six months. This was before the company was swallowed by Gulfstream Aerospace, which promptly renamed the Galaxy and Astra SPX the G200 and G100, respectively. Including delivery of one G200 in the second quarter, Gulfstream’s numbers remained exactly the same, with 36 deliveries in the first half of last year and the first half of this year.
Raytheon Aircraft continued to struggle as deliveries dropped from 149 to 117. The King Air line took a hit, with a total drop in deliveries from 89 to 71, and a precipitous slump in Beechjet 400A deliveries dropping from 26 to 13. If there is a bright spot at Raytheon, it is in the continued strong sales numbers for the Hawker 800XP and the start of deliveries of the long-delayed Premier I.
With the exception of the ACJ, BBJ, Challenger 604, Global Express and the Gulfstream IV-SP and V, the figures in the chart represent deliveries of completed aircraft.