Airplane shipments increased 4.7%, to 2,443 units in 2018, according to year-end results released by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) today.

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

Notable from these numbers is piston airplane deliveries increased by 5.0%, 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% increase, to 695 shipments.

2018 Deliveries By Aircraft Type

Segment20172018Change
Piston Airplanes1,0851,139 5.0%
Turboprops563601 5.2%
Business Jets677703 3.8%
Total Airplane Units2,3252,443 4.7%
Total Airplane Billings$20.2B$20.6B 1.5%

“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.

2018 Deliveries By Manufacturer

Make and Model2018 Totals
Airbus Corporate Jets 7
ACJ3180
ACJ3190
ACJ3201
ACJ3210
ACJ3300
Total Units1
Total Billings7$91,000,000
Air Tractor 4
AT-401B0
AT-402A8
AT-402B25
AT-502A25
AT-502B29
AT-5041
AT-6028
AT-8023
AT-802A34
AT-802AF5
AT-802F3
Total Units141
Total Billings$70,899,861
American Champion Aircraft
7EC Champ0
7ECA Citabria Aurora2
7GCAA Citabria Adventure2
7GCBC Citabria Explorer1
8GCBC Scout5
8KCAB Super Decathlon3
8KCAB Xtreme Decathlon0
Total Units13
Total Billings$2,826,200
AVIC General
Y5B4
LE5002
A2C10
Y12 Series0
Total Units16
Total Billings$4,961,845
Boeing Business Jets 7
BBJ2
BBJ MAX 70
BBJ MAX 82
BBJ MAX 90
B737-8000
B777-300ER2
B787-80
B787-90
B747-80
Total Units6
Total Billings7$280,000,000
Bombardier
Learjet 70 / 7512
Challenger 35060
Challenger 65023
Global 5000 / 600041
Global 75001
CL850 / 870 / 8900
Total Units137
Total Billings$5,066,900,000
Cirrus Aircraft
SR2065
SR22135
SR22T180
SF5063
Total Units443
Total Billings$437,351,781
CubCrafters 6
CC11-100 Sport Cub S20
CC11-160 Carbon Cub SS3
CC18-180 Top Cub7
CC19-180 XCub9
Total Units19
Total Billings$4,762,710
DAHER
SOCATA TBM 91029
SOCATA TBM 93021
Total Units50
Total Billings$205,050,000
Dassault Aviation 5
2000S / 2000LXS / 900LX / 7X / 8X41
Total Units41
Total Billings$1,975,000,000
Diamond Aircraft 5
HK-360
DA20 (All)3
DA40 (All)45
DA42 (All)50
DA6236
Total Units134
Total Billings$97,744,400
Discovery Aviation
XL20
Total Units0
Total Billings$0
Embraer 5
Phenom 10011
Phenom 30053
Legacy 45014
Legacy 5009
Legacy 600 / 6504
Lineage 1000 / E190 Head of State0
Shuttles (ERJs and E-Jets)0
Total Units91
Total Billings$1,077,230,000
Extra Aircraft
EA30024
Total Units24
Total Billings$8,856,000
Flight Design GmbH 6
ASTM CT Series43
Total Units43
Total Billings$6,248,008
Gulfstream Aerospace Corp. 5
Gulfstream 28029
Gulfstream 450 / 500 / 550 / 650 / 650ER92
Total Units Total Billings121
$6,782,750,000
Honda Aircraft Company
HA-420 HondaJet37
Total Units Total Billing37
$183,050,000
ICON Aircraft
A544
Total Units44
Total Billingsn/a
Mahindra Aerospace 5
Airvan 87
Total Units7
Total Billings$6,711,978
Mooney International Corp.
M20U Ovation Ultra M20V Acclaim Ultra Total Units7
Total Billings7
14
$10,684,300
ONE Aviation Corp. 5
Eclipse 5500
Total Units0
Total Billings$0
Pacific Aerospace Ltd.
PAC 750XL11
Total Units11
Total Billings$22,550,000
Piaggio Aerospace
P.180 Avanti Evo4
Total Units4
Total Billings$31,700,000
Pilatus 13
PC-63
PC-1280
PC-2418
Total Units101
Total Billings$575,627,000
Piper Aircraft, Inc.
PA-28-161 Warrior III0
PA-28-181 Archer III107
PA-28R-201 Arrow7
PA-34-220T Seneca V2
PA-44-180 Seminole37
PA-46-350P M35020
PA-46-500TP M50018
PA-46-600TP M60038
Total Units229
Total Billings$262,616,612
Pipistrel Aircraft
Virus SW 12122
Total Units22
Total Billingsn/a
Quest Aircraft Company
Kodiak 10023
Total Units23
Total Billings$54,739,071
TECNAM Aircraft 6
ASTM – LSA63
P2002JF18
P92JS3
P2002JR0
P2008JC35
P2006T41
P2010P Twenty Ten20
Total Units180
Total Billings$51,028,000
Textron Aviation 4, 5
Beechcraft Corporation
Bonanza G3615
Baron G5819
King Air C90GTx12
King Air 25030
King Air 350i / ER52
Total Units128
Total Billings (Beechcraft – Total)
Cessna Aircraft Company
CE-172S Skyhawk SP129
CE-182T Skylane31
CE-T206H Turbo Stationair32
CE-240 TTx1
CE-208 Caravan 67513
CE-208B Grand Caravan EX79
CE-525 Citation M234
CE-525B Citation CJ3+37
CE-525C Citation CJ429
CE-560 Citation XLS+21
CE-680 Citation Sovereign+6
CE-680A Citation Latitude57
CE-750 Citation X+4
Total Units473
Total Billings (Cessna – Total)
Total Billings (Combined)$3,155,736,400
Thrush Aircraft, Inc.
S2R-T3416
S2RHG-T651
S2R-T6606
S2R-G100
S2R-H8015
Total Units38
Total Billings$36,365,436
Viking Air Ltd. 5, 14
DHC-6 Series 400 Twin Otter9
Total Units Total Billings9
$58,500,000
WACO Aircraft Company
2T-1A-21
YMF-5D5
Total Units6
Total Billings$3,285,777

Source: General Aviation Manufacturers Association

Foot Notes:

  1. A shipment occurs when an aircraft is shipped from its production facility to a customer located anywhere in the world.
  2. Shipments may include an aircraft delivery to a fractional operator owned by the company or to an aircraft dealer.
  3. Aircraft are considered manufactured in the U.S. when produced under an FAA production approval and in Europe when produced under an EASA production approval.
  4. Other military and government aircraft shipments are not included in main shipment table totals, but listed separately.
  5. Company billings are not reported. GAMA estimates total billings using public information including BCA Purchase Planning Handbook 2018.
  6. AVIC General A2C, CubCrafters CC11, Diamond Aircraft HK36 Motor Glider, Flight Design GmbH ASTM CT Series, and TECNAM ASTM LSA models are included in civil make-model shipment total, but not summary tables. GAMA will further integrate CS-VLA and S-LSA aircraft into future shipment reports.
  7. Airbus and Boeing twin aisle shipments are identified in the report, but their values are not included in the calculation of billings.
  8. Dassault reports combined civil airplane deliveries twice a year in accordance with company financial reporting procedures.
  9. Airbus Helicopters and Leonardo Helicopters report combined civil/commercial and military/government unit deliveries. Billings are estimated for civil/commercial models only.
  10. NHIndustries is wholly owned by Airbus Helicopters, Leonardo, and Fokker Aerostructures and provides the focal point for these companies for the NH90 programme. The deliveries of the NH90 are identified under the NHIndustries entry only.
  11. Leonardo Helicopters also delivered two T129 kits in Q1, six T129 kits and one AW139 kit in Q2, and three T129 kits in Q3.
  12. Leonardo Helicopters fourth quarter data is not available at the time of publication. Leonardo Helicopters will release year-end results in mid-March 2019. GAMA will update the online 2018 report then. GAMA excluded 2017 fourth quarter data for Leonardo in the comparison table.
  13. Two additional PC-24 have been shipped to a completion center for extended modification.
  14. Viking Air Ltd. Is a new addition to the shipment report in 2018.

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