Airplane Shipments Soar, GAMA Reports

Most categories of aircraft enjoyed double-digit percentage growth in deliveries YOY during the first nine months of 2021.

Bombardier delivered 82 aircraft during the first three quarters of 2021, including its Global 7500. Courtesy: Bombardier

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) reported Friday that in the first nine months of 2021, turboprop deliveries grew by 40.6 percent and jet deliveries grew by 15.9 percent when compared to the same period in 2020.

In fact, except for piston airplanes, which saw billings dip slightly by 0.7 percent (off only by 6 units), every other category that GAMA tracks recorded double-figure growth.

“The general aviation manufacturing industry has shown perseverance with continued growth, all while still navigating pandemic-related setbacks, including ongoing supply chain and workforce challenges,” GAMA president and CEO Pete Bunce said. 


  • The value of airplane deliveries through the third quarter of 2021 was $13.4 billion, an increase of approximately 13 percent.
  • North American clients took delivery of more than 70 percent of the aircraft sold so far this year. 
  • Through three quarters, Gulfstream Aerospace leads the way in deliveries for 2021, recording $4.13 billion. This was attributed to high demand for its G500/G550/G600/G650/G650ER series.
  • Bombardier delivered two more units than Gulfstream (82), but recorded billings of $4.03 billion, thanks in large part to its Global 5000/5500/6000/6500/7500 jets.

“Despite the constraints imposed by shortages of parts and people, our manufacturers and maintenance providers are working hard to meet the growing demand for both new and used aircraft, which we obviously welcome and embrace,” Bunce said. 

“Our members are also leading the way in new innovations and technologies, which will shape the future of aviation. The first nine months of 2021 have shown great progress and we look forward to seeing how the year closes out.”You can read the full report here.

Michael Wildes holds a master’s degree in Logistics & Supply Chain Management, and a bachelor’s degree in Aeronautical Science, both from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Previously, he worked at the university’s flight department as a Flight Check Airman, Assistant Training Manager, and Quality Assurance Mentor. He holds MEI, CFI & CFII ratings. Follow Michael on Twitter @Captainwildes.

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