General Aviation Deliveries and Billings Up, Though Biz Jets Lag
October 31, 2013
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  • Global deliveries of general aviation aircraft rose 6.6 percent to 1,513 in the third quarter compared with the same period in 2012.

    That according to new statistics from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, which also showed a 24.5 percent increase — up to $15.4 billion — in the value of those shipments year over year.

    While piston-engine aircraft and single- and multi-engine turboprops all had increased delivery numbers over 2012, the number of business jets the industry delivered worldwide fell 2.1 percent to 421.

    Wichita-based Cessna Aircraft Co. had 90 deliveries in the third quarter, 25 of them from its Citation line of business jets.

    The company’s top-performing aircraft in the third quarter was the Grand Caravan, with 24 deliveries.

    Bombardier delivered only two Wichita-built Learjets in the third quarter, both of them Learjet 60XR models. The company does, however, have three new models coming to the market in its Learjet 70, 75 and 85 aircraft. Deliveries of the 75 began earlier this month.

    Beechcraft Corp. got out of the jet business when it shuttered its Hawker line as part of its emergence from bankruptcy early this year.

    The company has since posted improved delivery numbers over 2012 of its piston, turboprop, and defense and special-mission aircraft, including a total of 48 deliveries in the third quarter.