GAMA: Bizjet, Piston Deliveries Up, Turboprops Down

 - August 12, 2019, 1:47 PM
Pilatus's versatile PC-24 light jet helped buoy business jet delivery totals for the first half of 2019. The Swiss manufacturer ramped up its production from three in the first half of 2018 to 16 in the first six months of this year. Overall private jet airframers boosted their deliveries year-over-year by 35 units, an increase of 12.5 percent.

Boosted by business jet and piston shipments, general aviation airplane billings and deliveries respectively rose 12.9 percent and 7.8 percent year-over-year, according to first-half 2019 statistics released today by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).

Business jet deliveries increased by 35 units year-over-year, an improvement of 12.5 percent. Pilatus continues to ramp up production of its PC-24 light jet, handing over 16 in the first half, an increase of 13 over the previous year. Gulfstream boosted deliveries of its large cabin offerings from 37 in the first half of 2018 to 50 in the same period this year, while Embraer increased its overall deliveries year-over-year from 31 to 36. Textron bumped up its Citation output by six from 84 to 90. Dassault Falcon will release its first-half delivery data next month.

“Our mid-year report shows new aircraft reaching entry into service milestones, with additional models expected to enter into service before the end of 2019,” said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce.

Turboprop deliveries, however, dropped by 11.2 percent, with high-end pressurized models seeing an even greater erosion of 24 percent. Textron saw a decline of nearly 50 percent in King Air 350 deliveries year-over-year, while Piper handed over 14 of its turboprop singles in the first half of the year, compared with 23 last year.