As the world progresses into the post-Covid era, billings for general aviation airplanes and rotorcraft delivered in the first quarter soared 18.1 and 26.2 percent, respectively, from the same period last year, according to data released this morning by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
At 113 deliveries, business jet airframers were off one unit from last year’s first-quarter total, while the number of turboprops handed over rose by more than 18 percent year-over-year, to 84 aircraft, GAMA said. Piston airplane shipments also increased, with 235 deliveries representing a 7.3 percent advance over the first quarter of last year.
Meanwhile, turbine-powered helicopter deliveries in the quarter increased by seven units from the first three months of 2020 to 92—an 8 percent improvement. Piston helicopter deliveries were flat with 36 deliveries, one fewer than last year.
“It is encouraging to see manufacturers begin to bounce back from the impacts of the pandemic, although we are not yet in the clear,” said GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce. “The industry continues to face headwinds, especially with ongoing supply-chain issues and pandemic-related restrictions and constraints to global travel.” He added that it is important for the industry to continue working with governments to assist in strengthening the supply chain, safely easing travel-related restrictions, and protecting its highly skilled workforce.