For the first nine months of 2010, business jet deliveries declined by 20% to 491, compared with 616 for the same period in 2009. Turboprop and piston deliveries for the first three quarters were down to 232 and 634, respectively, a 20% and 7% decline, respectively. Total billings, buoyed by large-aircraft deliveries, were relatively flat, dropping by only 2.5% to .47 billion from .82 billion for the same period last year.
The main recipient of the aircraft shipments so far this year has been the USA, with 73% of the 1,357 business jets, turboprops and piston-powered aircraft delivered. Europe was second, with 241 aircraft, 18% of the total.
By manufacturer, Bombardier led the pack in terms of total billings, at .5 billion. Best selling among the Canadian airframer´s line were the Global 5000 and Global Express XRS, with 35 aircraft delivered. Gulfstream was a close second, with .1 billion in billing, primarily from the 57 G350, G450, G500 and G550 models. Dassault came in third, with .7 billion in bookings, primarily from 29 Falcon 7X shipments.
In the VIP sector, Airbus delivered 11 of its corporate jet products, valued at 0 million, while Boeing came up much shorter, with six Boeing Business Jets delivered, at 5 million.
"Despite another drop in total shipments and billings, we believe that the longer-term outlook for general aviation is positive," says Pete Bunce, GAMA chief executive.