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The European Business Jet & Turboprop Fleet

Mike Chase analyses the current European Business Jet and Turboprob fleet trends, identifying the popular types on the continent at this time.

Mike Chase   |   5th May 2014
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This month, eyes turn to Geneva, Switzerland for EBACE2014 event, jointly hosted each year by the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA). With this in mind, we ask what is the health of the Business Aviation fleet in Europe at this time?

EU Economy

According to the European Commission Report, Winter 2014, within the EU economy, welcome recent improvements point to a path towards recovery. GDP growth in the EU, which turned positive in the second quarter of last year, is increasingly driven by domestic demand - as it is typical following deep financial crises. However, the recovery remains fragile. EU GDP, which rose 0.1% in 2013, is now expected to rise 1.5% in 2014, and 2.0% next year, while growth in the euro area, which was -0.4% for 2013 as a whole, is expected to be 1.2% in 2014 and 1.8% in 2015.

After two years of contraction, the European Commission’s economic report is very good news for Business Aviation in Europe. With that established, the focus of the following paragraphs is to report the current European Business Jet and Turboprop fleet from several views.

Fleet Percentages

At the end of March 2014, Europe accounted for 2,526 (or 14%) of the global wholly-owned, in operation business jet fleet, and 1,236 (or 9%) of the total business turboprop fleet – see Table A. This was a decline of 65 fewer (-2.5%) business jets in Europe in 2014 compared to 2013. However, business turboprops increased by 29 aircraft (+2.4%) within Europe in 2014, compared to 2013.

Europe ranked second for the total number of business jets, behind North America, and third for the total number of business turboprops, behind both North and South America.

TABLE A

Source - JETNET

By Top 10 Models
Table B shows that the Citation Mustang (94 units) and King Air B200 (107 units) lead the Top 10 business jets and business turboprop models in Europe.

TABLE B

Business Jets (By OEM)
Cessna lead all manufacturers of business jets in operation in Europe, as depicted in Chart A, followed by Bombardier and Dassault Falcon. These ‘Top Three’ manufacturers account for over 75% of the over 2,500 business jets in Europe.

CHART A

Business Turboprops (By OEM)

Of the Turboprop OEMs, Beechcraft leads the way in Europe with 414 units (33%) of the total 1,236 units in operation there. Cessna, Piper and Pilatus comprise the remaining manufacturers that hold more than a 10% share of the business turboprops in operation in Europe. Combined, the ‘Top Four’ account for 65% of all the Turboprops in Europe, see Chart B.

CHART B

Top Ten Operating Nations

As depicted in Tables C and D, Germany has the largest number of business jets and business turboprops in Europe. (The total numbers of aircraft that are wholly-owned, shared and fractionally owned are also shown in both tables, along with the numbers leased.) In fact, leased business jets make up 8% of the total fleet of over 2,500 business jets in operation within Europe, and 9% of the more than 1,200 business turboprops.

TABLE C

Top 10 Countries - Business Jets March 2014
Rank Country Total Wholly Owned Shared Fractional Leased
1 Germany 432 431 1 18
2 United Kingdom 376 374 2 10
3 Austria 226 225 1 18
4 France 216 211 5 44
5 Switzerland 197 195 2 15
6 Portugal 145 42 1 102 4
7 Italy 133 133 42
8 Spain 124 124 13
9 Russian Fed 124 124 5
10 Belgium 57 52 2 3 3
Source: JETNET

TABLE D

Top 10 Countries - Business Turboprops March 2014
Rank Country Total Wholly Owned Shared Fractional Leased
1 Germany 231 230 1 6
2 France 188 174 11 3 27
3 United Kingdom 179 173 6 16
4 Switzerland 93 92 1 1
5 Italy 76 76 8
6 Russian Fed 50 50
7 Spain 42 42 3
8 Sweden 42 42 15
9 Belgium 41 40 1
10 Luxembourg 41 27 14 2
Source: JETNET

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