The General Aviation Manufacturers Association, or GAMA, on February 19 presented its 2019 year-end aircraft billing and shipment numbers. In 2019, aircraft deliveries reached a value of US$26.8 billion, according to the association, a modest increase when compared to US$24.3 billion in 2018.
The number of piston airplane deliveries experienced the largest growth among the segments at 16.4 per cent. Business jet deliveries were at their highest since 2009, reports the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), while turboprop and helicopter deliveries decreased.
“The 2019 year-end numbers reveal that overall, the general aviation manufacturing industry is vibrant, although we are encountering headwinds in the rotorcraft sector,” said Pete Bunce, president and CEO, GAMA. “It is great to see two of our fixed-wing sectors, piston airplane and business-jet shipments, [reach] decade highs. Looking ahead, manufacturers are excited about the future, especially given the ongoing innovation in manufacturing that directly relates to safety and the progress being made in the development of supersonic and electrically propelled aircraft.”
GAMA notes the piston-engine airplane market in North America accounted for 66.4 per cent of overall shipments in 2019. The second largest market for piston airplanes for the fifth year in a row was the Asia-Pacific market at 12.8 per cent. GAMA also concluded turboprop airplane shipments to North American customers accounted for 50.3 per cent of the global deliveries. The second largest market for turboprop airplane deliveries was Latin America at 16.8 per cent. The North American market accounted for 67.1 per cent of business-jet deliveries. The second largest market for business-jet deliveries during the year was Europe at 14.3 per cent.
Segment / 2018 / 2019 / % Change
• Piston Airplanes / 1,137 / 1,324 / +16.4%
• Turboprops / 592 / 525 / -11.3%
• Business Jets / 703 / 809 / +15.1
• Total Airplane Units / 2,432 / 2,658 / +9.3
• Total Airplane Billings / $20.6B / $23.5B / +14.3%
• Piston Rotorcraft / 281 / 179 / -36.3%
• Turbine Rotorcraft (*) / 698 / 640 / -8.3%
• Total Rotorcraft Units / 979 / 819 / -16.3%
•Total Rotorcraft Billings / $3.7B / $3.3B / -11.9%
*Leonardo Helicopters fourth quarter data is not available at the time of publication. Leonardo Helicopters will release year-end results in March. GAMA excluded 2018 fourth quarter data for Leonardo in the comparison table.