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Airplane deliveries from Wichita manufacturers slip in first half of 2012

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Saturday, August 11, 2012, at 7:26 a.m.

Some positive signs are emerging from the general aviation industry.

Business jet deliveries for the first six months of 2012 rose 13 percent, while deliveries of general aviation airplanes overall rose 6 percent.

Turboprop shipments, meanwhile, rose 10.5 percent in the first half of 2012, although shipments of piston-powered airplanes declined 1.6 percent.

Billings totaled $8.02 billion during the first six months, compared with $7.22 billion for the same time a year ago.

“When coupled with the positive trend we are seeing in the used market, we may finally be witnessing the start of our recovery,” Pete Bunce, president and CEO of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, said Friday in a statement.

Shipments at Wichita’s manufacturers were down in the first six months of 2012, however.

Cessna delivered 252 airplanes in the first half of the year, including 144 in the second quarter. That’s down from 259 planes in the first half of 2011, including 153 in the second quarter.

Cessna’s billings totaled $815 million for the first half of 2012, compared with $633.9 million for the same time in 2011.

Bombardier delivered 11 Wichita-built Learjets in the first half of 2012, including six in the second quarter. That compares with 19 Learjets delivered in the first half of 2011, including six in the second quarter.

Hawker Beechcraft’s deliveries in the first half of 2012 totaled 60 airplanes, including 29 in the second quarter. That’s down from 80 deliveries in the first half of 2011, including 43 in the second quarter.

The company’s billings totaled $479.6 million for the first six months of the year, compared with $549.5 million for the same time a year ago. Hawker Beechcraft filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy on May 3.

For the first half of 2012, manufacturers worldwide delivered 918 airplanes, compared with 867 for the same time a year ago.

The majority of deliveries were made to North American customers, followed by Europe.

Contact Molly McMillin at 316-269-6708 or mmcmillin@wichitaeagle.com.

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