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GAMA Issues First Quarter Shipments, Pistons Show Positive Trend

GAMA NEWS 11-20 For Immediate Release: May 10, 2011

WASHINGTON, DC, May 10, 2011 – Today, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released the industry’s shipment and billings figures for the first quarter.  In the first three months of 2011, total general aviation (GA) airplane shipments fell 4.6 percent, from 390 units in 2010 to 372 units this year. Billings for general aviation airplanes totaled $3.7 billion in the first three months, down nearly 20 percent. 

“This has been a very difficult year to date as a result of the slow economic recovery in North America and Europe,” said GAMA’s President and CEO, Pete Bunce.  "Emerging market deliveries continue to help sustain the industry.  The bright spot in the first quarter is the piston segment.  This good news may be indicative of the start of a recovery in the traditional markets that we hope will accelerate with the 100 percent expensing tax provision in the U.S."

Piston-powered airplane shipments totaled 188 units compared to 166 units delivered in the first three months of 2010, a 13.3 percent increase. Turboprop shipments declined 6.7 percent to 56 units in 2011. Business jet shipments totaled 128 units, a 22 percent decrease over the 164 units delivered during this same period in 2010.

FIRST THREE MONTHS OF SHIPMENTS OF AIRPLANES MANUFACTURED WORLDWIDE

 

2010

2011

CHANGE

Pistons

166

188 

+13.3% 

Turboprops

 60 

56 

-6.7%

Business Jets

164 

128

-22.0%

Total Shipments 390

372

-4.6%
Total Billings $4.6B $3.7B -19.6%

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.