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GAMA Publishes 2018 First Quarter Aircraft Shipment Data

GAMA NEWS 18-26 For Immediate Release: May 10, 2018




GAMA Director of Communications:
Sarah McCann

Released: May/10/2018

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

GAMA Publishes 2018 First Quarter Aircraft Shipment Data

Washington, DC — The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today published the first quarter 2018 aircraft shipment report. The overall delivery of airplanes and rotorcraft rose compared to the same quarter of 2017, but with some mixed performance within the types.

“We are pleased to see the industry is, overall, trending positively,” said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce. “Training needs are driving the demands in the rotorcraft segment, while a stabilizing used market, overall global economic growth and aviation innovation are driving the other segment increases. We expect the introduction of new products to drive future growth, which underscores just how important it is for the U.S. Congress to pass a long-term FAA Reauthorization bill and the executive branch to carefully implement trade policies, to avoid adversely affecting industry growth in future quarters — something our member companies conveyed directly to members of Congress this week during GAMA’s annual Hill Day.”

Piston rotorcraft led the first quarter, rising from 58 to 81 units, a 39.7 percent increase. The turbine rotorcraft segment also grew by seven percent to 138 units delivered. The total rotorcraft billings in the first quarter was $0.67 billion, an increase of 18.3 percent.

Turboprop airplane deliveries provided the best performance in the airplane segment, growing by 12.7 percent. The delivery of business jets increased slightly from 130 to 132 airplanes. The piston airplane segment declined by three units, from 203 in first quarter 2017 to 200 in this year.

Airplanes 2017 2018 Change
Piston Airplanes 203 200 -1.5%
Turboprops 102 115 +12.7%
Business Jets 130 132 +1.5%
Total Airplanes 435 447 +2.8%
Total Airplane Billings $3.71B $3.83B +3.3%
Rotorcraft 2017 2018 Change
Piston Rotorcraft 58 81 +39.7%
Turbine Rotorcraft 129 138 +7.0%
Total Rotorcraft 187 219 +17.1%
Total Rotorcraft Billings $0.57B $0.67B +18.3%

View the complete report.

For additional information, please contact Sarah McCann, GAMA Director of Communications, at +1 (202) 393-1500 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.