CONFIRMATION OF the mixed state of the business-jet industry came on September 1, when the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released its Shipment Report for the second quarter of 2021. The report details totals of aircraft delivered between April and the end of June in all general aviation classes, including business jets.
Most manufacturers of business jets reported an increase in the number of aircraft delivered during the quarter – with the midsize segment showing the greatest growth. However, some producers in the large cabin and light/personnel jet sectors handed over fewer aircraft than in the same period in 2020.
Both Dassault Aviation and Gulfstream Aerospace reported decreases in deliveries for the large cabin business-jet sector – although each announced an upturn in orders during the period. Only six Falcons were delivered in the second quarter, while Gulfstream handed over 18 of its large cabin models (G500/G550/G600/G650 and G650ER, down from 26 in the same period in 2020), plus three smaller G280s (down from six).