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GAMA Issues First Quarter Shipments And Billings

GAMA NEWS 12-18 For Immediate Release: May 10, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC, May 10, 2012 – The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released the industry’s shipment and billings figures for the first quarter today.  In the first three months of 2012, total worldwide general aviation (GA) airplane shipments fell 2.1 percent, from 377 units in 2011 to 369 units this year. Billings for general aviation airplanes totaled $3.39 billion in the first three months, down 8.0 percent. 

Piston-powered airplane shipments totaled 184 units in the first three months of 2012 compared to 188 units delivered during the same time period in 2011, a 2.1 percent decrease. Turboprop shipments were up 3.3 percent from 61 units in 2011 to 63 units in 2012. Business jet shipments totaled 122 units, a 4.7 percent decrease over the 128 units delivered during this same period in 2011.

“The first quarter shipment data shows mixed performance across the segments,” said GAMA’s President and CEO, Pete Bunce.   “One continuing concern is the lack of available financing around the world.  An important step forward would be for the U.S. Congress to quickly reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.  The lending authority of the bank spurs sales which are essential to revitalizing the manufacturing sector.  The House passed their version of the legislation yesterday and we urge the Senate to quickly follow-suit."

 

FIRST THREE MONTHS OF SHIPMENTS OF AIRPLANES MANUFACTURED WORLDWIDE

 

2011

2012

CHANGE

Pistons

188

184 

-2.1% 

Turboprops

61

63

+3.3%

Business Jets

128 

122

-4.7%

Total Shipments 377

369

-2.1%
Total Billings $3.68B $3.39B -8.0%

Notes:  The 2012 shipment report includes two additional manufacturers, Thrush Aircraft and Air Tractor.   Additionally, Gulfstream Aerospace deliveries are now identified at time of "outfitted" as opposed to "green."  The 2011 shipment report has been updated for Gulfstream Aerospace and now includes Thrush Aircraft deliveries.

Communications Director:
Sarah McCann: smccann@gama.aero
General Aviation Manufacturers Association
www.GAMA.aero
Headquarters: (+1) 202-393-1500
European Office: (+32) 2 550-3900

GAMA exists to foster and advance the general welfare, safety, interests, and activities of the global business and general aviation industry. This includes promoting a better understanding of general aviation manufacturing, maintenance, repair, and overhaul and the important role these industry segments play in economic growth and opportunity, and in serving the critical transportation needs of communities, companies, and individuals worldwide.