The business and general aviation markets declined in 2016, with business jet shipments falling to their lowest number since 2004, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) says.
Delivery of turboprop aircraft during the year was the only bright spot of the segments, with turboprop shipments rising 3.4% compared to 2015.
Total general aviation deliveries numbered 2,241 in 2016, down 3.9% compared to 2,331 the year before, according to GAMA, which released the data Feb. 22 at its annual industry review press conference in Washington.
Billings for 2016 totaled $20.7 billion, down 14% from $24.1 billion in 2015, in part because deliveries of large-cabin, long-haul aircraft declined compared to light- and midsize shipments, GAMA says.
The results were not a surprise, GAMA President and CEO Pete Bunce told The Weekly of Business Aviation.