The coronavirus pandemic has affected the businesses worldwide and it has also affected the business of the careers delivering products around the world. The worldwide shipments in the first quarter of 2020 fell to the lowest level in the last 10 years.
Even though the year started very good, the crisis affected manufacturing, global sales, and deliveries due to the strict restrictions and travel bans. The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) released data on 26 may that tells that the deliveries of business aircraft saw a 19% decline in the first quarter as compared to the same period of last year.
The deliveries totaled 404 units during January to March. It’s the lowest number since 2010, when 390 units were delivered. The values of the units stand at $3.4 billion, less by $900 million.
The GAMA president Pete Bunce said in a statement that despite the good start to the year for the industry, strict regulations imposed by the governments as a response to the pandemic has impacted global operations.
During the first three months of 2019, a total of 141 business jets were delivered, whereas in 2020, the number dropped to 114. It’s the lowest number since 2004. Light-jet deliveries were also affected, with only 52 deliveries as compared to 63 in the last year. Rival Embraer’s Phenom 300E deliveries were also affected, as only 5 deliveries were recorded. The company hoped that the revamped version of the 300E will boost the sales in the current quarter.
Cirrus saw a rise in the demand, as it delivered 18 SS50 Vision Jets, four more than in the first quarter of the last year. Pilatus says that the demand for its PC-23 is as high as it was before the crisis, as it delivered 7 units in the first quarter.
Gulfstream’s output was similar to the last year as it manufactured business jets in the first quarter, but it only managed to deliver 20 jets due to the travel constraints. The company says that the demand for its products is high, but the pandemic has affected the sales.