Worldwide business jet deliveries of 427 units in the first nine months of 2011 represents a 13% slip compared with the 491 jets delivered in the same period in 2010, says the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA).
While down, the numbers represent a significant uptick compared with the first and second quarter figures that revealed a 26.5% decrease compared with the first half of 2010.
By count, Bombardier led the top six manufacturers with 115 deliveries in the first three quarters, its largest contributor being 34 Global 5000/6000 ultra long-range business jet deliveries. Cessna was a close second with 114 deliveries of its Citation line of business jets, the most popular being the entry-level Mustang, with 32 delivered.
Gulfstream delivered 72 aircraft in total, comprising 60 large cabin and 12 mid-cabin business jets for a combined revenue of $3.2 billion, second behind Bombardier at $3.8 billion billed.
Embraer delivered 49 business jets, including six Legacy 600/650s but no Lineage 1000s. Dassault delivered 35 aircraft, primarily Falcon 7Xs, and Hawker Beechcraft delivered 30 business jets, including seven Hawker 4000s.