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General aviation orders improve compared to 2009 drop

May 13, 2010, 04:27 pm

Although they declined in the first quarter, deliveries of general aviation craft did show some improvement during the first quarter.

According to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, the first three months of 2010 saw 390 airplanes delivered across the world, which is 15 percent lower from the first quarter of 2009. However, it is a lower drop than was seen between the first quarters of 2008 and 2009.

GAMA president Pete Bunce said reports from the Federal Aviation Administration and EUROCONTROL show the number of flights are trending upward.

"These numbers are being released on the heels of Europe's premier business aviation show, the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition, where many of our manufacturers noted that the market seems to be stabilizing," Bunce said.

While orders for such equipment have been affected by difficulties in economies across the globe, some companies are making efforts to try and improve their standing in the market.

For example, Cessna is attempting to do so by emphasizing customer service and taking another look at the processes involved in producing its aircraft.ADNFCR-3158-ID-19775919-ADNFCR

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