Despite the Covid-19 pandemic, sales of General Aviation aircraft were surprisingly strong in 2021, with aircraft deliveries valued at $25.2b.

Although the Covid-19 pandemic did tremendous damage to the airline sector of the aviation industry, sales of General Aviation aircraft were surprisingly strong last year with increased deliveries of most types, according to a report issued by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA). Data show increases in shipments across the board, with aircraft deliveries valued at $25.2b.

“The strength and tenacity of the General Aviation industry has provided a strong foundation for the industry to rebound”, said Pete Bunce, GAMA President and CEO. “The industry has been able to weather the storm by strategically managing workforce and supply chain challenges, which unfortunately are still ongoing. Despite this adversity, there is robust interest and excitement in our industry”, he added. 

The report noted that deliveries of piston-powered aeroplanes were up 5.5% compared to the previous year, a remarkable result since piston aircraft sales had not slumped during the Covid-19 pandemic. By area, North America accounted for 68.7% of overall shipments of piston-powered aeroplanes, the second largest market (for the seventh year in a row) being the Asia-Pacific region. North American customers also accounted for 52.6% of turboprop deliveries, with the Latin American market second at 15.7%. Most business jet deliveries (65.9%) also occurred in North America, while the second largest market for business jets was Europe with 18% of the total.

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