The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) reported global sales of 730 new private business jets in 2023. An increase from the 712 new jets sold in 2022. Sales of piston and turboprop airplanes also increased by an even larger percentage, as did sales of new helicopters. Overall new aircraft deliveries were valued at $27.8 billion, an increase of 3.6%.

Across the other sectors, new piston airplane deliveries increased 11.8%, to 1,682 units; turboprop airplane deliveries increased 9.6%, to 638 units and total helicopter deliveries increased 9.8% to 962 units.  “For the first time in more than a decade, the general aviation manufacturing industry has eclipsed 4,000 aircraft delivered. In addition to this strong showing, there are robust and growing order backlogs for all segments of aircraft." said Pete Bunce, GAMA President and CEO and added "While the deliveries from 2023 are very encouraging, our industry faces headwinds from ongoing supply chain issues, workforce shortages, uncertainty and unpredictability from global regulators, and short-sighted efforts aimed at curbing business and general aviation, particularly in Europe.".

The table below shows unit sales of new private jets by manufacturer in 2023, with 2022 unit sales for comparison.

    Manufacturer   2023   2022   Change
 Airbus  4  8 (4) 
 Boeing  1  2  (1)
 Bombardier  138  123  15
 Cirrus  96  90  6
 Dassault  26  32  (6)
 Eclipse  2  0  2
 Embraer  115  102  13
 Gulfstream  111  120  (9)
 Honda  22  17  5
 Pilatus  47  40  7
 Textron Aviation (Cessna)  168  178  (10)
 Total  730  712  18

 

The most significant model sales included the following:

Bombardier
 63 aircraft of the Challenger 3500/650 - super-mid size, with transcontinental U.S. range
 75 aircraft of the Global 5500/6000/6500/7500 - large ultra-long range business jets

Cirrus
 96 aircraft of the SF50 - very light (or personal) jet, with a 1,300 nm range

Embraer
 63 aircraft of the Phenom 300/300E - light jet, with a range of about 2,000nm

Gulfstream
 89 aircraft of the G500/600/650/650ER - large to very long-range jets

Honda
 22 aircraft of the HondaJet - light jet, with a range over 1,400nm

Pilatus
 47 aircraft of the PC-24 - light jet, with a range over 1,800nm

Cessna
 25 aircraft of the Citation M2 Gen2 - light jet
 30 aircraft of the Citation CJ3+ - light jet
 34 aircraft of the Citation CJ4 Gen2 - light jet
 41 aircraft of the Citation Latitude - mid-size jet
 24 aircraft of the Citation Longtitude - super-mid size jet

Textron Aviation (Cessna) led the market in terms of number of new jets sold in 2023. The company delivered 23% of all new private jets in 2023 and about 20% of all general aviation airplanes (pistons, turboprops and jets) in 2023. The Cessna Citation Latitude was again the top seller in the mid-size jet category.

The Embraer Phenom 300/300E continues to be the most popular light jet. It is used by large fractional aircraft providers, such as Flexjet and NetJets, and by many charter operators.

The Cirrus Vision SF50 has proven to be an incredibly popular single engine very light or personal jet. The $3.2m aircraft offers both an emergency autoland system - literally press a button and the plane can land itself - and a whole-aircraft ballistic parachute. It has been the best selling jet for several years, with many buyers being indvidual pilot owners, although there are companies like Verijet who use the SF50 for operating air-taxi type services.

Bombardier delivered the last Learjet in 2022. It is now focused on the larger and more profitable Challengers and Globals. Bombardier and Gulfstream are the two biggest manufacturers of these large business jets. 

It was a quiet year for the commercial airline size business jets. Boeing only sold one aircraft, with the 737 Max cloud affecting this market.

The best selling turboprop was again the Pilatus PC-12, which sold 102 new units in 2023 and can be found in both fractional and charter fleets around the world. Other popular turboprops are the TBM 960 (55 units), Piper M600 SLS (52 units) and Grand Caravan EX (69 units).

Note, GAMA gathers aircraft shipment data from 39 manufacturers. The report also contains detailed aircraft registry data from 47 countries, representing the vast majority of the market for general aviation aircraft deliveries.