Increase in first quarter deliveries marks false dawn for business jets
There were 129 business jet deliveries in the first three months of 2013, according to the latest data from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.
There were 129 business jet deliveries in the first three months of 2013, according to the latest data from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).
Although this figure was up from 122 deliveries in the first quarter of 2012 (a 4% increase), Corporate Jet Investor’s 2013 Business Jet Forecast, published in May 2013, maintains that the number of deliveries throughout 2013 will be down, largely as a result of Cessna slowing-down light jet production.
Bombardier performed strongly, ending the quarter with its billings totalling $1.5 billion, after a 35% increase in deliveries.
Gulfstream delivered 29 aircraft, worth $1.4 billion at list price, a 53% increase – mainly composed of G650s.
First quarter business jet deliveries
Cessna, Dassault and Embraer all saw a year-on-year decline in their delivery figures, whereas the other major manufacturers remained static.
The quarter was also notable as the newly-renamed Beechcraft Corporation delivered the last of its Hawker jets before it turns its attention solely to turboprops, as the company leaves Chapter 11 protection.
“We are very pleased to see a shift to the positive for GA airplanes, which extends across all airplane segments, for the first quarter of 2013,” said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce. “However, the performance was mixed within the segments, which demonstrates the need for industry’s continued engagement with elected officials and regulators throughout the world as we seek to strengthen the GA sector.”