JETNET LLC, the leading provider of corporate aviation information, has released the May 2010 results for the pre-owned business jet, business turboprop, and helicopter markets.
Business Jet Aircraft
Although the high inventory levels seen in much of 2009 for pre-owned business jet aircraft are gradually being reduced, pre-owned business jets remain in a “buyer’s” market. At the end of May 2010, the percentage of preowned business jets for sale of 15.3% compared to 17.4% in May 2009 (recorded in July 2009) is down 2.1 percentage points. The number of business jets for sale at the end of May 2010 was slightly less than 2,700 aircraft, compared to nearly 2,900 a year ago.
As the “for sale” inventory has declined, the number of pre-owned full sale transactions increased by 12.7% in May 2010 versus 2009. However, when the first five months of 2010 (at 685) is compared to the first five months of 2008 (at 497), pre-owned full sale transactions are up by 37.8%. This improvement is good news and slightly under the average of 700 for the past 10 years (2000 to 2009) in the January-to-May time periods.
Other industry pre-owned aircraft metrics shed more light on the overall market. The “average number of days” that pre-owned business jets remained on the market for sale was 342 days, 92 more days in the January-to-May 2010 time period compared to the same period in 2009.
Also, the average asking price during the first five months of 2010 fell by 11% compared to the first five months of 2009.
Business Turboprop Aircraft
The inventory levels for pre-owned business turboprop aircraft for sale at the end of May 2010 have followed the same pattern as the business jet aircraft market. The percentage of pre-owned business turboprop aircraft for sale was 10.8% in May 2010, and has declined from the peak set in both May and June 2009 of 12.0%. The number of business turboprops for sale at the end of April 2010 was slightly less than 1,400 aircraft, half the
number of business jets currently for sale.
The number of pre-owned full sale transactions for business turboprop aircraft increased by 9% during the first five months of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009.
The average days on the market for business turboprop aircraft was 318 days from January to May 2010, an increase of 14% or 40 additional days compared to the same period in 2009. Also, the average asking price decreased by 9.7% in the first five months of 2010 compared to the same period in 2009.
Helicopter – Turbine
The number of pre-owned turbine helicopters for sale in April 2010 was less than 1,200 helicopters, or 200 less than the business turboprop market. The percentage for sale at 6.8% (a seller’s market) in May 2010 was higher than the 6.3% recorded in May 2009.
The number of pre-owned full sale transactions for turbine helicopters increased by 8.1% in the first five months of 2010 compared to 2009. The average days on the market for turbine helicopters was 330 days, or 93 more days in the first five months of 2010 compared to 2009. Also, the average asking price increased by 6.1% in the first five months of 2010 compared to 2009.
Helicopter – Piston
The number of pre-owned piston helicopters for sale in May 2010 was 573 helicopters, half the number of turbine helicopters. The percentage for sale at 6.4% (a seller’s market) was below the 7.1% level from the same period of 2009.
The number of pre-owned full sale transactions for piston helicopters decreased by 14.2% in the first five months of 2010 compared to 2009.
The average days on the market for piston helicopters was 307 days, or 109 more days than in the first five months of 2010 compared 2009. However, the average asking price for piston helicopters remained unchanged in the January-to-May window in 2010 compared to 2009. Since 1988, JETNET has delivered the most comprehensive and reliable business aircraft research to its exclusive clientele of aviation professionals worldwide. JETNET is the ultimate source for information and intelligence on the worldwide business aircraft fleet and marketplace, comprised of some 60,000 airframes. The company offers services for both fixed wing and helicopter aircraft. Headquartered in its state-of-the-art facility in Utica, NY, JETNET offers comprehensive user-friendly aircraft data via real-time internet access or regular updates.