The General Aviation Manufacturer’s Association (GAMA) said that Cirrus Aircraft has increased its airplane deliveries and market share every year during its first quarter.
In total, worldwide general aviation airplane deliveries numbered 390 units, which meant a 15 percent drop from last year in the same period. But GAMA said that this is to be considered an improvement juxtapose the decline that’s been experienced last year.
The Duluth-based company said that Cirrus shipments increased 36 percent over the same period in 2009 with 53 aircraft as compared to last year’s 39. The first quarter’s billings were up by more than $6.7 million, again, higher by 22 percent as compared to last year’s first quarter.
Brent Wouters, Cirrus president and CEO said in a company news release: “We are obviously still working through a period of variable demand, even on a month-to-month basis. But these new numbers are the clearest signs yet that Cirrus is making sustained and measurable progress in spite of the inherent challenges in today’s market place.”
The GAMA report also included:
*During the first quarter, Cirrus aircraft had 36 p[ercent market share in the single-engine aircraft category.
*The SR22 is still the world’s best-selling four seat airplane. Cirrus Aircraft grew its market share to nearly 75 percent for all SR22 comparable aircraft. It conpares with 2008’s 45 percent and last year’s 62 percent.
During the Quarter, Cirrus took around 61 orders while their shipments remain steady as they enter the second quarter with over 30 aircraft scheduled for delivery in May.