GAMA reports near 50 per cent dip in deliveries
The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) reported today that in the first three quarters of 2009, total general aviation (GA) airplane shipments fell 46.8 percent, from 2,982 units in 2008 to 1,587 units so far this year. Total industry billings are down 23.5 percent, to $13.8 billion.
“These shipment and billings figures are a result of this difficult business cycle and reflects the impact of the weak economy,” said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce. "However, another contributing factor that has led to the disappointing year-to-date numbers is the unwarranted negative attacks on business aviation. “
Piston-powered airplane shipments totaled 679 units compared to 1,646 units delivered in the first three quarters of 2008, a 58.7 percent decrease. Turboprop shipments decreased 15.8 percent from 348 units in the first nine months last year to 293 units during this same period in 2009. Business jet shipments totaled 615 units, a 37.8 percent decline over the 988 units delivered through the third quarter in 2008.