By: Daniel McCoy
November 7, 2011
It’s been another difficult year for the business and general aviation industry, but there is some positive news as of the last three months.
According to new statistics from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, total worldwide deliveries of business and general aviation aircraft were up slightly in the third quarter, rising from 425 to 436 year over year.
However, 2011 as a whole is still lagging behind 2010.
GAMA’s figures show that total shipments through the first nine months of the year are down 10 percent compared with the same period of 2010, dropping to 1,227.
Total billings for those shipments fell from $13.5 to $12.1 billion.
Cessna Aircraft Co. had an increase in deliveries in the third quarter, rising from 103 to 165 year over year.
Bombardier Aerosapce also delivered more of its Wichita-build Learjets than it did in the third quarter of 2010, going from three to seven deliveries.
Hawker Beechcraft Corp., however saw delivery declines in both its business aircraft and defense businesses.
The company delivered 33 business and general aircraft in the previous quarter, down from 43 in the third quarter of 2010.
Hawker’s military deliveries dropped from 26 to 23 during that same time.
Source: WICHITA BUSINESS JOURNAL