GAMA: Bizjet Deliveries Down, Turboprops Up

Business Jet Traveler » April 2009
Monday, June 1, 2009 - 5:00am

Manufacturers delivered 191 business jets in the first quarter of this year, according to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. The figure represents a large decline from the record-setting 297 deliveries in the same period last year. In the turboprop segment, first-quarter deliveries rose slightly from 85 last year to 87 in 2009. Industry billings totaled $4.3 billion in the first quarter of this year, down $1 billion by comparison with the first three months of 2008.

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“When you get into the larger aircraft it becomes like a hotel, with dozens of staff supporting the plane based in a galley area down below. You have very comprehensive cooking facilities, and on larger aircraft we have looked at theatres, with spiral staircases and a Steinway grand piano. The limitations for what you can put inside a plane are pretty much the limits of physics, and even money cannot always overcome that. Even so, people are still always trying to push [the limits]. ”

-Howard Guy of Design Q, a UK-based consultancy