The General Aviation
Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced Friday that shipments
and billings of general aviation airplanes achieved a solid first
quarter for 2007 following last year's strong numbers.
GAMA tells ANN shipments of general aviation airplanes for the
first three months of this year totaled 842 units -- in line with
last year's 847 airplanes -- while industry-wide billings were $4.5
billion, up an impressive 11.3 percent.
"The first quarter shows that we are sustaining the delivery
rates of last year and are maintaining announced production
schedules," said GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce. "Our industry
is working hard to ensure that this momentum is maintained and that
general aviation continues to shine as a bright spot of the
Piston-engine airplane shipments totaled 554 units compared to
600 units delivered in the first quarter of 2006, a 7.7 percent
decrease from last year. Turboprop shipments increased from 59
units during this first period last year to 77 units in 2007.
Business jet shipments were 211, a 12.2 percent increase over the
188 units delivered through the first three months in 2006.
"Markets outside North America continue to account for nearly
half of total business jet shipments," said Bunce. "As other
nations and regions continue to experience strong economic growth,
we feel our industry will continue to enjoy robust shipments