The latest figures from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) show that in 2019, piston airplane deliveries were up 16.4%, while business jet deliveries were at their highest since 2009.
In 2019, all aircraft deliveries totaled $26.8 billion, up from $24.3 billion in 2018.
But while piston airplane and business jet deliveries were up, turboprop and helicopter deliveries were down.
“The 2019 year-end numbers reveal that overall, the general aviation manufacturing industry is vibrant, although we are encountering headwinds in the rotorcraft sector. It is great to see two of our fixed wing sectors, piston airplane and business jet shipments, reached decade highs,” said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce.
“Looking ahead, manufacturers are excited about the future, especially given the ongoing innovation in manufacturing that directly relates to safety and the progress being made in the development of supersonic and electrically propelled aircraft,” he continued.
The piston engine airplane market in North America accounted for 66.4% of all shipments. The second largest market for piston airplanes for the fifth year in a row was the Asia-Pacific market at 12.8%, according to the report.
Turboprop airplane shipments to North American customers accounted for 50.3% of the global deliveries. The second largest market for turboprop airplane deliveries was Latin America at 16.8%.
The North American market accounted for 67.1% of business jet deliveries. The second largest market for business jet deliveries during the year was Europe at 14.3%.
You can see the full report at GAMA.aero.