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GAMA Presents 2018 Year-End Aircraft Shipment and Billing Numbers

GAMA NEWS 19-21 For Immediate Release: Feb 20, 2019



GAMA Director of Communications:
Sarah McCann

Released: February/19/2019

General Aviation
Manufacturers Association
Headquarters: (+1) 202-393-1500
European Office: (+32) 2 550-3900


GAMA Presents 2018 Year-End Aircraft Shipment and Billing Numbers

Washington, DC – The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today released the 2018 year-end results at its “State of the Industry” press conference.

GAMA Chairman and Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. President Mark Burns announced that globally, airplane shipments increased 4.7 percent, to 2,443 units in 2018. Airplane billings increased 1.5 percent, from $20.2 billion to $20.6 billion. Worldwide rotorcraft shipments rose 5.4 percent, from 926 to 976 units. Rotorcraft billings decreased slightly, by 0.7 percent.

Notable from these numbers is piston airplane deliveries increased by 5.0 percent, to 1,139 units. Turboprop airplane shipments increased to 601 units. Business jet deliveries improved, from 677 to 703 units. There were 281 piston rotorcraft deliveries compared to 264 in 2017. Preliminary turbine rotorcraft delivery data shows a 5.0 percent increase, to 695 shipments.

“This is the first year since 2013 that we’ve seen all segments up in deliveries,” said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce. “New certifications over the last two years, especially in the lighter jet segments, as well as demand in North America are driving the business jet shipment increase. This is also the second consecutive year in which shipments of piston and turbine rotorcraft are up, driven by the introduction of new models to the market.”

“While impacts of the U.S. partial government shutdown are still being felt and assessed, we remain optimistic given recent type certifications and other certifications in the product queue that bode well for the large airplane segment to continue its strength,” continued Bunce. “Also encouraging is the demand for specific aircraft types we’re seeing in North America, the Asia-Pacific and the Middle East and Africa regions.”

Segment 2017 2018 Change
Piston Airplanes 1,085 1,139 +5.0%
Turboprops(*) 563 601 +5.2%
Business Jets 677 703 +3.8%
Total Airplane Units 2,325 2,443 +4.7%
Total Airplane Billings $20.2B $20.6B +1.5%
Piston Rotorcraft 264 281 +6.4%
Turbine Rotorcraft(**) 662 695 +5.0%
Total Rotorcraft Units 926 976 +5.4%
Total Rotorcraft Billings $3.7B $3.6B -0.7%

*Viking Air started providing delivery data in 2018.

**Leonardo Helicopters fourth quarter data is not available at the time of publication. Leonardo Helicopters will release year-end results in March. GAMA excluded 2017 fourth quarter data for Leonardo in the comparison table.

View the complete year-end shipment report.

Please visit the GAMA website for the most up-to-date data, and to access the 2018 GAMA annual report. 

For additional information, please contact Sarah McCann, GAMA Director of Communications, at +1 (315) 796-1560 or

GAMA is an international trade association representing over 100 of the world’s leading manufacturers of general aviation airplanes and rotorcraft, engines, avionics, components and related services. GAMA’s members also operate repair stations, fixed based operations, pilot and maintenance training facilities and manage fleets of aircraft. For more information, visit GAMA’s website at


Communications Director:
Andre Castro:
General Aviation Manufacturers Association
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.