The buying momentum that had been building during the fourth quarter of last year seems to be spilling into this year, as evidenced by a move lower in inventory to levels not seen in more than two years.
Supply chain management
Sales transactions of pre-owned business jets and turboprops, as well as turbine helicopters, posted healthy increases from a year ago, according to data released by business aviation information firm JetNet. From January through October 31, business jet sales transactions climbed by 16 percent, followed by turbine helicopters (up 15.2 percent) and turboprops (up 4.5 percent).
According to the latest data from JPMorgan Research, pre-owned business jet inventories fell last month, reversing a three-month upward trend, though demand remains “weak.” Inventories decreased to 11.7 percent of in-production business jets, but JPMorgan said they remain elevated and noted that inventories have fallen less than 0.1 percentage point per month on average this year.
The eye-popping total of 2,750 pre-owned aircraft for sale today is a lot based on historical standards, but it is well below the peak reached a little more than a year ago. The broker community and OEMs monitor the total number of aircraft for sale because it is an important measurement on which to gauge the health of the used aircraft market, but when you scratch beneath the surface you realize that the sky is not falling.
Sales of pre-owned business jets, turboprops and turbine helicopters increased in the first seven months versus the same period last year, though at the same time aircraft prices deflated, according to data released yesterday by JetNet. Business jet inventory showed the largest year-over-year change, dropping 2.8 points to 14.9 percent.
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A report released by JetNet on Tuesday shows that the number of pre-owned business jets and turboprops on the market last month fell by more than 7 percent on a year-over-year basis. But inventory as a percentage of in-service aircraft still remains high for business jets at 15.3 percent (2,674 aircraft), and while down 2.1 percent from May 2009 this still indicates a buyerís market for this category.
A recently released report from JetNet indicates that the pre-owned inventory of business jets and turboprops declined further last month, though the aviation information firm said the market still remains very much a buyer’s realm.