New aircraft numbers up so far in 2023

Cirrus SR22T
Still the top-selling aeroplane: Cirrus SR22T with 54 delivered during the first three months of 2023. Photo: Cirrus Aircraft

More aircraft are being delivered so far in 2023 than last year, according to the First Quarter 2023 General Aviation Aircraft Shipments and Billings Report from the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).

The aircraft manufacturing industry’s results for the first three months of 2023 when compared to the same period in 2022, point to increasing aircraft unit deliveries across most aircraft segments while the overall value of the aircraft shipments was slightly lower for aeroplanes but increased for helicopters.

“The continued health of general aviation manufacturing industry is encouraging, particularly in light of persistent supply chain, workforce and North American regulatory process challenges,” said Pete Bunce, GAMA President and CEO.

“Our manufacturers are focused on meeting this thriving product demand with new aircraft which incorporate advanced technologies that further enhance safety and fuel performance.

“During this transformative time in aerospace, our manufacturers continually demonstrate that our sector is the technology incubator for safety and sustainability.”

Aircraft shipments through the first quarter of 2023, when compared to the same period in 2022, saw:

  • Piston aeroplane deliveries increase 10.1% with 294 units
  • Turboprop deliveries increase 6.4% with 117 units
  • Business jet deliveries were flat with 117 units.
  • The value of aeroplane deliveries through the first quarter of 2023 was $3.7 billion.

Helicopter shipments were robust when compared to the first quarter of 2022:

  • Piston helicopter deliveries increased 40% with 56 units
  • Turbine helicopter deliveries increased 53% with 153 units.

Full GAMA Q1 report here


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