Bizjet Prospects Brighten as U.S. Customers Return to the Market

NEWTOWN, Conn., Nov. 17, 2015 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Forecast International has released a new study, "The Market for Business Jet Aircraft," in which the Connecticut-based market research firm projects that 9,237 business jets will be produced during the 10-year period from 2015 through 2024. The value of this production is estimated at $248 billion in constant 2015 U.S. dollars.

Demand for long-range and large-cabin jets drove the business jet market in 2013 and 2014, while demand for light and mid-size jets was sluggish. In 2015, though, the market has turned on its head. Economic slowdowns in key regions such as China, Latin America, and Russia have resulted in weaker demand for larger jets. At the same time, demand has strengthened for light and medium jets due to improved sales in the U.S. and the entry into service of several new aircraft models.

The market for light and medium business jets is heavily concentrated in the U.S. where, in recent years, economic uncertainty had resulted in considerable buyer hesitation. However, continuing improvement in the U.S. economy, though slight, has begun to unlock latent demand for business jets among U.S. customers. The long-dormant U.S. market is finally awakening.

According to Forecast International senior aerospace analyst Raymond Jaworowski, "Sluggishness in the light and mid-size segments had been holding back overall growth in the business jet market. Continuing improvement in the U.S. economy, though still somewhat weak, is resulting in funds that had been locked away in corporate vaults increasingly being used to acquire new business aircraft and other large capital assets."

Meanwhile, robust demand is anticipated to soon return in the large-cabin and long-range jet segments. U.S. buyers can be expected to return to these segments as well, and demand outside the U.S. will recover as economic conditions in key geographic markets improve.

The Forecast International study projects that annual business jet production will gradually increase from 761 aircraft in 2015 to 1,075 aircraft in 2020. A two-year cyclical downturn in production is anticipated for the 2021-2022 timeframe, before production resumes growing in 2023 and 2024.

Included in the study are aircraft-by-aircraft production forecasts as well as projections of manufacturer market shares. According to the Forecast International study, Textron Aviation unit Cessna is expected to lead the market in terms of unit production during the 2015-2024 period, while Gulfstream is projected to lead in terms of the monetary value of production.

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