GAMA: Business Jet Rally Continues in Second Quarter

 - July 31, 2014, 6:00 PM

Business jet manufacturers saw a better than 12-percent jump in first-half global deliveries year over year, with 318 private jets handed over during the first six months, according to statistics released today by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). 

“The encouraging numbers in the piston airplane and business jet segments drive the industry’s optimism about global general aviation growth, but deliveries of turboprops this quarter were flat,” GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce said today at EAA AirVenture 2014. “Here at Oshkosh, enthusiasm toward the light airplane industry is clearly palpable.”

Much of this increase was fueled by Cessna, which delivered 71 private jets in the first half of the year, a 36.5-percent rise over the same period last year. The Textron Aviation subsidiary was buoyed by recent certifications on its Citation M2, Sovereign+ and X+ models. Embraer and Gulfstream also saw better than 18-percent year-over-year increases in the first half, while Dassault and Bombardier delivered four and three fewer jets, respectively.

The pressurized turboprop segment remained virtually static, with just one more aircraft delivery in the first half of this year than it had in the first six months of 2013.