JETNET LLC, the leading provider of corporate aviation information, has released June 2012 and YTD 2012 results for the pre-owned business jet, business turboprop and helicopter markets.
Highlighted in Table A are key worldwide trends across all aircraft market segments comparing June 2012 to June 2011. The “Fleet For Sale” percentages for all market sectors were down in the June comparisons.
Business jet sale transactions increased (4.9%) YTD ending June 2012 compared to 2011 and they are selling in less time (14 fewer days), as shown in the Worldwide Trends in Table A. Business Turboprops also showed a small improvement at .2%, whereas Turbine and Piston helicopters saw double-digit declines in YTD sale transactions, at 14.2% and 12.1% respectively. The business jet average asking price increased 4.9% for the 2012 YTD comparison to the same period in 2011.
Sale transactions for turbine helicopters have declined at an overall average of 14.9% since January 2012. However, the average asking price increase of 9.7% continues to fuel the decline in pre-owned sale transactions. It is also now taking 21 days longer, compared to the same period last year, to find a buyer.
U.S. Economy Gross Domestic Product, 2nd Quarter 2012 (advance estimate)
Real gross domestic product—the output of goods and services produced by labor and property located in the United States—increased at an annual rate of 1.5% in the second quarter of 2012 (that is, from the first quarter to the second quarter), according to the “advance” estimate released by the Bureau of Economic Analysis. In the first quarter, real GDP increased 2.0%, up from 1.9% reported last month.
The Bureau emphasized that the second-quarter advance estimate is based on source data that are incomplete or subject to further revision by the source agency. The “second” estimate for the second quarter, based on more complete data, will be released on August 29, 2012.
The report showed the economy grew for the 12th straight quarter. However, the weaker growth adds to worries that the economy could be stalling three years after the recession ended. The 1.5% growth rate in the second quarter was the weakest since the economy, as measured by the gross domestic product, expanded at a 1.3% rate in the third quarter last year, as shown in Chart A.
Flight Activity – Domestic U.S. and International
U.S. business jet domestic flight operations were recorded at 271,000 in June 2012, which is 102,000 (or 27.3%) flights below the peak level of 373,000 reported in October 2007. However, there has been a steady improvement from the low-ebb of 225,000 recorded in February 2009. March 2011 represented a peak at 297,000 flights.
Over the past 24 months domestic flight operations have averaged 274,000 operations and have been unchanged in spite of the recent decrease in fuel prices.
Chart C shows international business jet flight operations, U.S. to foreign and foreign to U.S. International flight operations activity has shown an average of 54,000 flights over the past 24 months, with peak periods hitting 62,000 flights twice during the month of March and once in September.
Expectations for the remainder of 2012 remain cautiously positive, and it is hoped that the YTD 4.9% growth rate in business jet retail transactions can be sustained throughout the balance of this year.
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