2019 Shows Strength Across Bizjet Categories

 - February 27, 2020, 1:26 PM

The strong performance in 2019 business jet deliveries reported by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association highlighted bright spots across the range of categories. Cirrus's SF50 Vision Jet apparently captured the title of most delivered jet by volume, at 81 units—not surprising given that the single-engine personal jet is the lowest-cost in-production jet at $2.38 million.

Its title is apparent only in that Gulfstream does not break out deliveries of its large-cabin, ultra-long-range aircraft by individual models. Collectively, Gulfstream shipped 114 of them, a 22-aircraft jump from 2018, but one that comes as the Savannah, Georgia manufacturer ramped up on G500 deliveries and began to hand over the G600.

Bombardier, meanwhile, had bragging rights in the super-midsize category, shipping 56 of its super-midsize Challenger 350. The Canadian manufacturer said that combined with its predecessor Challenger 300, more than 800 have been delivered since 2004, more than any other in that category.

Textron Aviation’s Citation Latitude took a stronghold of the midsize category with 58 handed over, making it the top publicly revealed business twinjet delivered last year. As for the light-jet category, Embraer’s Phenom 300/300E marked another strong year with 51 deliveries. That model has reached 530 deliveries since service entry in 2009.

In the very light jet segment, Honda Aircraft’s HondaJet remained solid with 36 deliveries.