Midsize business jets boosted sector deliveries in 2019

With a 44% increase, “super midsize” models were the highlight in the year with 809 jets sent to their customers

The GAMA (General Aviation Manufacturers Association), an entity that represents the main airframers of general and business aviation, released its balance of deliveries for 2019 this week, revealing a significant increase in the segment of executive jets. There were 809 shipments to customers (the sector prefers not to use the term sale or delivery), up 15% compared to 2018 when 703 aircraft were shipped.

A more accurate analysis of the numbers reveals that a particular segment had a demand well above the average, pulling the good result, the so-called “Super Midsize Jets“, category just below the large jets. There were 147 aircraft in all, up 44% over the previous year, motivated by the arrival of new models such as the Citation Longitude and the Embraer Praetor 600. The highlight in the segment, however, continues with the Bombardier Challenger 350, with 76 deliveries.

Adding up the numbers of the medium-sized jets, the category accounted for almost a third of the business jet sector, behind only the light and super light models that had 41% of the result of 2019 – the large jets had 26% while the commercial aircraft VIP remain with only 1% participation.

The manufacturer that led the ranking in 2019 was again Cessna, from the Textron group, with a total of 206 jets. The runner-up, however, was Gulfstream, part of General Dynamics. One of the oldest companies to sell business jets, it shipped no less than 147 aircraft last year, surpassing Bombardier, which accumulated 141 units, less than the goal of exceeding 150 aircraft. Embraer continues with the 4th position, with 109 shipments against 91 in 2018, an increase of almost 20%.

Pilatus’ PC-24 has grown and already threatens the Phenom 300’s reign among light jets (Pilatus)

Among the models most delivered to customers, the good performance of some newbies once again draws attention. The SF50, an entry-level single-engine jet, expanded its shipments from 63 to 81 units, making its manufacturer reach a 10% share overall. The jet swallowed its segment by selling the same as its three direct competitors, the Citation M2, the HondaJet and the Brazilian Phenom 100.

Another plane that rose significantly in the ranking was the Swiss PC-24, from Pilatus, which had 40 shipments, or more than twice as many as 2018 and already threatens the Phenom 300’s reign in the light jet segment. The Pilatus plane has among its differentials the ability to operate on unprepared runways, something unusual in the segment.

The GAMA list ends up adding some models due to the lack of detailed information from their manufacturers. For this reason, Gulfstream’s large jets again topped the ranking with 114 deliveries, but which include aircraft such as the Gulfstream 500, 550 and 650ER. Bombardier also did not separate the 5000, 6000 and the new 7500 jets, although we have found that the latter had 11 units shipped last year.

According to the association, the result of 2019 was the best since 2009. The North American market remains the one with the most demand for this type of aircraft, with 67% of the total.

SF50 Vision Jet: single-engine jet continues to show surprising numbers (Cirrus)


Pos. Manufacturer Model 2019 2018 Var.
Gulfstream Gulfstream 500-650ER 114 92 23,9%
Cirrus SF50 81 63 28,6%
Bombardier Challenger 350 76 60 26,7%
Cessna Citation Latitude 58 57 1,8%
Embraer Phenom 300 51 53 -3,8%
Bombardier Global 5000/6000 43 41 4,9%
Dassault Falcon 40 41 -2,4%
Pilatus PC-24 40 18 122,2%
Cessna Citaiton CJ3 37 37 0,0%
10º Honda HondaJet 36 37 -2,7%
11º Cessna Citation M2 34 34 0,0%
12º Gulfstream Gulfstream 280 33 29 13,8%
13º Cessna Citation CJ4 33 29 13,8%
14º Cessna Citation XLS 22 21 4,8%
15º Embraer Legacy 450 15 14 7,1%
16º Embraer Praetor 600 13 0
17º Cessna Citation Longitude 13 0
18º Bombardier Learjet 70/75 12 12 0,0%
19º Bombardier Global 7500 11 1 1000,0%
20º Embraer Phenom 100 11 11 0,0%
21º Embraer Legacy 500 11 9 22,2%
22º Cessna Citation Sovereign 8 6 33,3%
23º Embraer Legacy 600/650 5 4 25,0%
24º Airbus ACJ320neo 4 0
25º Embraer Praetor 500 3 0
26º Airbus ACJ319neo 2 0
27º Boeing B787-9 2 0
28º Cessna Citation X 1 4 -75,0%
29º Bombardier Challenger 650 0 23 -100,0%
30º Boeing BBJ 0 2 -100,0%
31º Boeing BBJ Max 8 0 2 -100,0%
32º Boeing B777-300ER 0 2 -100,0%
33º Airbus ACJ320 0 1 -100,0%
Total 809 703


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