Brazil’s Business Aircraft Fleet Growing Quickly

 - August 14, 2013, 3:31 PM

Brazil has the second-largest GA fleet in the world after the U.S., according to the third-annual Brazilian Yearbook of General Aviation released by Associação Brasileira de Aviação Geral (ABAG) today at LABACE. At the end of last year, the Brazilian general and business aviation fleet totaled 13,965 registered aircraft worth $13.4 billion.

ABAG director general Ricardo Nogueira said the business aviation fleet in Brazil grew 6.7 percent last year, with long-range jets and helicopters representing the biggest growth areas at 16 percent and 14 percent, respectively.

Of this total, 84 percent are recorded as being for private aviation use, although some 75 percent are “conventional” GA aircraft–pistons as opposed to jets, turboprops or helicopters, and with an average age of 30 years. The overall fleet in Brazil is younger and there has been a shift toward “corporate aviation,” said Nogueira.

Flights classified as air-taxi operations experienced a 12-percent decline, whereas there has been an overall uptick of 10 percent in private flights. Nogueira stated that ABAG is still analyzing the figures, although ABAG chairman Eduardo Marson acknowledged that the level of bureaucracy and in particular delays could be a factor.