Deliveries of Turbine Business Airplanes Skyrocket

 - April 16, 2007, 6:58 AM

Deliveries of new turbine business airplanes in the first half of this year increased by more than 31 percent compared with the same period last year, according to the latest shipment report from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released Thursday evening. The report shows that OEMs delivered 100 more airplanes (87 jets and 13 turboprops) in the first six months of this year than in the same time last year. The 325 jets shipped from January through June was a 36.6-percent increase over the 238 delivered last year, and the 96 turboprops delivered was 16.6 percent more than the 83 that entered service during the same period last year. Cessna by far reported the largest increase–74 percent. The Wichita company plans to deliver 240 Citations this year (some 60 more than last year) and 270 to 290 next year. Raytheon Aircraft is forecasting it will ship a record 150 jets this year (compared with 115 last year). It delivered 48 business jets and 41 King Airs in the first half of this year compared with deliveries of 41 jets and 27 King Airs in the same period last year. Not everyone reported gains–Dassault, Piaggio, Piper and Socata had fewer turbine deliveries in the first half of this year.