Sales and deliveries of general aviation (GA) aircraft increased in the first quarter of 2013 over 2012, according to a report released by the General Aviation Manufacturer's Association (GAMA).
Worldwide deliveries of business jets increased 4 percent to 129 from 124 last year; and deliveries of single-engine turboprops totaled 102, up from 89 last year. Deliveries for multi-engine turboprops totaled 34 for the first quarter, up from 19 in 2012. Total billings for pistons, turboprops and jets were $4.6 billion, a 31.7 percent increase from the first quarter of 2012.
Bombardier and Gulfstream were the only two business jet manufacturers to see an increase in business jet deliveries. Gulfstream saw a year-over-year increase of 50 percent and Bombardier increased its shipments by more than 34 percent.
“We are very pleased to see a shift to the positive for GA airplanes, which extends across all airplane segments, for the first quarter of 2013,” said Pete Bunce, president and CEO of GAMA. "However, the performance was mixed within the segments, which demonstrates the need for industry’s continued engagement with elected officials and regulators throughout the world as we seek to strengthen the GA sector."
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