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GAMA Publishes Third Quarter 2020 Aircraft Shipments and Billings Report

GAMA NEWS 20-47 For Immediate Release: Nov 18, 2020

Nov 18, 2020
Contact: Andre Castro


GAMA Publishes Third Quarter 2020 Aircraft Shipments and Billings Report

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released its report of general aviation aircraft shipments and billings through the third quarter of 2020. Piston airplane deliveries increased slightly, while turboprop, business jet and helicopter deliveries declined through the first nine months of 2020 as compared to the same period of 2019.

“This latest shipment report gives insight into how the industry is faring after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. While we are still trailing in comparison to last year’s figures due to a virus impacted second quarter, it is encouraging to see deliveries in certain segments have rebounded. This is reflected in what aviators have witnessed over the past few months at GA airports on both sides of the Atlantic where flight activity is robust, particularly in the flight school arena. It is also worth noting that this is the first quarter in history where we are reporting certified electric aircraft deliveries. This portends an exciting evolution in propulsion technologies and highlights another pathway in our industry’s multifaceted efforts toward, and commitment to, environmental sustainability,” said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce. “While the industry has shown its resilience, it will likely once again face stiff headwinds from the resurgent pandemic, especially given that many European countries have once again gone into lockdown without a common pan-European policy enabling general and business aviation travel across national borders. Despite these significant challenges, it continues to be our dedicated workforce that enables our industry to persevere through the recovery process.” 

Airplane shipments through the first nine months of 2020, when compared to the same period in 2019, saw piston airplane deliveries increase 1.4%,  with 889 units; turboprop airplane deliveries decline 27.0%, with 254 units; and business jet deliveries decline 26.7%, with 378 units. The value of airplane deliveries through the third quarter of 2020 was $11.9 billion, a decline of approximately 20.1%.

Civil-commercial turbine helicopter deliveries for the first nine months of 2020, when compared to the same period in 2019, saw a decline of 23.3%, with 333 units; and piston helicopter deliveries saw a decline of 25.5%, with 105 units.

Nine Month Aircraft Shipments and Billings

Aircraft Type  2019 2020 Change
Piston Airplanes 877 889 +1.4%
Turboprops 348 254 -27.0%
Business Jets 516 378 -26.7%
Total Airplanes 1,741 1,521 -12.6%
Total Airplane Billing $14.9B $11.9B -20.1%
Piston Helicopters 141 105 -25.5%
Turbine Helicopters 434 333 -23.3%
Total Helicopters 575 438 -23.8%
Total Helicopter Billing $2.2B $1.9B -16.2%

GAMA’s complete 2020 third quarter report can be found at




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


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Andre Castro:
General Aviation Manufacturers Association
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