Two thousand thirteen was another year during which aviation was deprived of seeing the Great Recession recede in the rear-view mirror, but there were bright spots. Deliveries and sales of top-of-the-line large-cabin jets each with price tags well on their way to nine figures continued strongly while smaller segments struggled. And manufacturers with the convictions and the resources were not deterred from forging ahead with plans to develop new flying machines.
The world’s airliner manufacturers broke more delivery records last year, reflecting continuing buoyancy of the market for narrowbodies in particular. But the introduction to the market of the 787 proved the difference maker for Boeing, which for the first time in several years delivered more airplanes than its European rival. Meanwhile, regional jets slumped, as backlogs shrunk to their lowest levels in recent memory.
The results of AIN's 2013 FBO Survey were announced in the beginning of April. The top rated FBOs in the Americas were spread across the United States. Take a look at their scores below and be sure to explore the full results of AIN's 2013 FBO Survey.
This time last year many prognosticators forecast 2012 as the beginning of a resurgence for business aircraft manufacturers, those hopes will have to move to this year, according to aircraft delivery numbers released last by the General Aviation Manufacturers Association. While 2012 saw a modest increase in overall turbine aircraft shipments, the gains were solely in the lower-end, non-pressurized turboprop segment.
Market forecasts for new business aircraft deliveries from three of the world's leading aerospace manufacturers show a difference of 1,398 aircraft between the lowest and the highest. Bombardier and Embraer's do not include very light jets, but Honeywell, with the smallest forecast number, does include VLJs.
For the second year, AIN’s Newsmakers feature is a recap of what made headlines in business aviation in 2012. Announcements of genuinely new aircraft were scarce, but significant derivatives were unveiled and some important programs passed the hurdle of type certification. Some of the year’s headlines turned out to be a tad optimistic, as the recession continued to keep some segments of bizav bumping along the bottom.
AIN Interactives compares the very different market forecasts of sales of new aircraft, as published by the Western world’s four civil airframe manufacturers.
AIN Interactives looks at the location of business aircraft by region of the world. Data provided by JETNET, this interactive infographic detaisl the number of jets, number of turboprops and the total installed fixed-wing fleet.
AIN Interactives looks at the 50 Busiest Airline Airports and the 50 Busiest General Aviation Airports as outlined by the FAA's Air Traffic Activity Data System. The busiest airline airports measure air carrier operations, while the busiest GA airports measure itinerant general aviation operations (and excludes those considered "local").