Cirrus Aircraft Outsells the Competition – 2019

In 2019, Cirrus Aircraft delivered 375 piston-engine planes. Cirrus by design, has successfully resegmented the piston-engine market and has distinguished their planes from the competition. 

The Cirrus SR series wins 2:1 over Piper Archer and Arrow, about 2:1 over Cessna Skyhawk, Skylane & Stationair, 3:1 over Diamond DA40 and 47:1 over Bonanza G36 deliveries. A summarization of the annual GAMA report shows Cirrus won 41% of the traditional “four-seat” (4-adult) piston airplane customer shipments. See “Who is the GA Market Share Leader 2019

The Cirrus “SR-series of high-performance piston airplanes are the best-selling aircraft in the world for [17] consecutive years – with over 7,800 aircraft operating in over 60 countries.”

References: General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) Annual Shipment Report 2019. Cirrus Aircraft marketing website.

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How many airplanes does Cirrus Aircraft Sell Each Year?

Cirrus Design Corp. dba Cirrus Aircraft has been manufacturing planes since 1999. On December 31, 2019 total customer shipments stood at 7,814. Details by the numbers are in the table below:

Table 1: Cirrus Aircraft Shipments by Year

YearSF50 JetSR22 TurboSR22SR20SRVTotal
201981200131530465
201863180135650443
201722174135460377
20163149133350320
20150142128310301
20140160117310308
20130132112320276
201208881840253
20110102105480255
20100107115420264
2009015088280266
200802501771157549
2007030028811210710
20060305351506721
2005004751169600
200400459913553
2003003551122469
2002002921050397
200100124590183
200000095095
1999000909
Total1692,1643,9851,459377,814

References: GAMA Annual Reports and Cirrus Aircraft statistics for factory installed STC Tornado Alley TurboNormalized (TAT) shipments, per Matt Bergwall, not identified in GAMA statistics.  From 2006 – 2010, the FAA Registration for Cirrus planes with TAT systems is “SR22.” 

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Soar we now . . . 2020

It’s Good Friday.  I hope you can take some time off, rest this weekend, and indeed say  “Christ the Lord is Risen,”  As Charles Wesley wrote, circa 1739 –

Soar we now where Christ has led;
Following our exalted Head;
Made like him, like him we rise;
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies. Alleluia!

Your Glory hidden in creation is now revealed in Christ.

1 Cor. 15:1-8; & 12-28; 1 Tim 1:17

Clouds rising. Tribute to Soar we now, Charles Wesley, 1739
Clouds rising. Tribute to “Soar we now . . . . ” Charles Wesley, 1739

Year over Year Change in Piston Single-Engine Shipments

Here’s a summary based on General Aviation Manufacturers Association Annual Report for piston single-engine shipments.

Summary GAMA Annual Reports Piston Single-Engine Shipments

Description20182019Variance% Change
Cirrus SR22T, SR22, SR20380375-5-1%
Piper Archer & Arrow1141826860%
Piper Malibu M350202115%
Cessna Skyhawk & Skylane160159-1-1%
Cessna Turbo Stationair3237516%
Cessna TTx10-1-100%
Diamond DA404512681180%
Beachcraft A/G36157-8-53%
Mooney Ovation & Acclaim149-5-36%
Sub Total78191613517%
Taildraggers38541642%
LSA & Other13514164%
Total Single-Engine Piston9541,11115716%

Notes: Piper did not deliver any Arrow airplanes in 2019.

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It is alive! Cirrus Turbo Comes of Age

The desire for turbocharged power has carried Cirrus Aircraft over another milestone – Cirrus has more turbo deliveries than all other aircraft manufacturers combined (since 2007).  In 2019, Cirrus sold 200 SR22T Turbo planes and surpassed 2,134 turbo deliveries.  

Currently, there are only four companies manufacturing competing piston single-engine turbos.  The Cirrus SR22T Turbo outsells the Piper M350 about 10:1, Cessna Turbo Stationair ~5:1, Mooney Acclaim ~29:1.

Cirrus SR22T Turbo climbs like a beast and is designed to run cooler than predecessor turbos. It’s the best selling turbo piston airplane by more than a mile.

SUMMARY GAMA ANNUAL SHIPMENT REPORTS: PISTON TURBOS

  Cirrus Piper Cessna Mooney Columbia    
Year SR22 Turbo *P46 M350 T206 M20TN Cessna TTx Other Total
2019             200              21        37           7                –        –       265
2018             180              20        32           3                 1      –       236
2017             174                9        40           3               23      –       249
2016             149              26        36           6               31      –       248
2015             142              36        51          –                 44      –       273
2014             160              48        43           1               22      –       274
2013             132              58        37          –                 21      –       248
2012               88              61        40          –                  –        –       189
2011             102              50        53          –                   1      –       206
2010             107              49        42           2                 7      –       207
2009             150              40        46         15               41      –       292
2008             250            122        95         44             110     12     633
2007             300              30      111         58             119     39     657
Total          2,134            570      663       139             420     51  3,977

Notes: Stats per GAMA year-end shipment reports.  SR22TN Tornado Alley TurboNormalized STC shipment stats provided by Cirrus Aircraft, Matt Bergwall. Piper P46 includes turbo Matrix, Malibu & M350 historic shipments. Cessna TTx and Columbia turbo historic shipments are combined. 

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Who is the 2019 General Aviation Single-Engine Market Share Leader

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association published their annual report in February. Here’s a summary of GA single-engine piston shipments by manufacturer. Cirrus Aircraft is once again the leader in their category.

GAMA Manufacturer Shipments Single-Engine Pistons 2019

Description2019Market Share
Cirrus SR22T, SR22, SR2037541%
Piper Archer18220%
Piper Malibu M350212%
Cessna Skyhawk & Skylane15917%
Cessna Turbo Stationair374%
Diamond DA4012614%
Bonanza G3671%
Mooney Ovation & Acclaim91%
Sub Total916100%
Taildraggers54
LSA & Other141
Total GA Single-Engine Piston Shipments1,111

Note: Piper Arrow & Warrior Shipments in 2019 = Zero

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Cirrus Perspective+. A Game Changer.

“Years of thoughtful design have led [Cirrus] to this point. A point where the flight deck thinks as fast as you do. A point where information to make decisions is rapidly available at your fingertips. A point where seamless integration between technology and the aircraft is realized. A point where the best selling high-performance piston line of aircraft from Cirrus raises the bar yet again on what it means to have the smartest, safest avionics available.”

“Unrivaled integration. Intuitive connectivity. Uncompromising safety. That’s Cirrus Perspective+. Exclusively available in the Cirrus Aircraft SR Series.

Reference: Cirrus Aircraft Corporation, The Cirrus Perspective+™ by Garmin, marketing brochure, p.30, 2017.

A Different Flight Slope 2020

This past week I took a break from general aviation to join up on a different flight slope – The ski slopes in Vail Colorado. It’s “high altitude” but my feet were still on the ground. We hope you can take some time off this season to rest and enjoy fellowship with family and friends.

Blue Sky

White River National Forest, Vail Colorado Ski Area, winter 2020, photo by wikiWings, LLC
White River National Forest, Vail Colorado Ski Area, winter 2020, photo by wikiWings, LLC

GAMA Reported 2019 Shipments, but Aviation Journalists Err in Assessing Cirrus Aircraft Marketing

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) published aircraft manufacturer shipments for 2019. After the report, Jim Moore, AOPA Editor-Web said, “Cirrus continues to lead the single-engine piston market by a wide margin, with sales of the SR22T alone climbing to 200 units in 2019, up from 180 delivered in in 2018. [But] Cirrus saw its older piston models slip in sales . . .  (1)”  I’m not sure Jim has seen the 6th Generation Cirrus SR20.  It’s cutting edge, not an older piston model.

Right now, the big General Aviation story is training aircraft shipments.  But Cirrus doesn’t focus on that market.  For decades, Cirrus has pursued a new market – piston personal transportation that delivers high performance, safety and luxury.  When specific customers are narrowly targeted business writers recognize it as market re-segmentation.

Cirrus SR Series shipments last year were 384 v. 380 in 2018, which scores another record for Cirrus Aircraft since the 2008 Great Recession (see Table 1).  A quick glance into the stats does show fewer SR20’s delivered last year 53 v. 65 in the prior period.  But here’s the rest of the story.

Cirrus reps have said, the company “suppresses” SR20 sales because that model has a lower margin than the SR22 Series.  If accurate, the manufacturing tactic is reflected in the stats.  Shipments for their highest margin product, the SR22T Turbo were up 11% over the prior year.  Normally aspirated SR22 production runs have averaged 132 units annually for the past half-decade.  Like other manufacturers, it appears Cirrus adjusts model production runs for optimal profitability.  For years, steady customer demand has maintained more than a 6-month delivery wait on 6th Generation SR Series airplanes.

For those new to the Cirrus brand here’s a recap: “In 2000, Cirrus received Type Certificate for a composite piston aircraft, with a larger wing and larger fuel capacity and more powerful engine – the SR22.  Just three years later, the SR22 became the world’s best-selling general aviation airplane . . . and has continued to hold that distinction every year since [17 years.  But] holding the title of the best-selling general aviation aircraft every year has not stopped Cirrus from pursuing continuous innovation on the SR Series aircraft (2).”  

For those watching, Cirrus is relentlessly pursuing a new market for single-engine turbofan personal transportation, which they coined “The Personal Jet.”  Cirrus is holding deposits from more than 500 pilots who want to take delivery; however, a ramp-up in production of the Cirrus SF50 Personal Jet has not yet begun.  This new market appears opaque to aviation journalists.  Many perceive incorrectly that Cirrus has entered the Very Light Jet market (VLJ).

Cirrus has over 7,800 aircraft operating in more than 60 countries.  Congratulations to the entire Cirrus Aircraft team.

Table 1. Historic Cirrus Aircraft Shipments

YearSF50 JetSR22 TurboSR22SR20SRVTotal
2019            81                 200              131                53               –                465 
2018            63                 180              135                65               –                443 
2017            22                 174              135                46               –                377 
2016               3                 149              133                35               –                320 
2015              –                   142              128                31               –                301 
2014              –                   160              117                31               –                308 
2013              –                   132              112                32               –                276 
2012              –                     88                81                84               –                253 
2011              –                   102              105                48               –                255 
2010              –                   107              115                42               –                264 
2009              –                   150                88                28               –                266 
2008              –                   250              177              115                7              549 
2007              –                   300              288              112              10              710 
2006              –                     30*              535              150                6              721 
2005              –                       –                475              116                9              600 
2004              –                       –                459                91                3              553 
2003              –                       –                355              112                2              469 
2002              –                       –                292              105               –                397 
2001              –                       –                124                59               –                183 
2000              –                       –                    –                  95               –                  95 
1999              –                       –                    –                     9               –                     9 
Total          169             2,164          3,985          1,459              37          7,814 

Note: Cirrus factory installed STC Tornado Alley Turbonormalized (TAT) shipments are not listed in GAMA statistics.  From 2006 – 2010, the FAA Registration for Cirrus planes with TAT systems is “SR22.”  See reference info. (3) below.


  1. Jim Moore, “Piston Trainer Surge Lifted GA Market.  GAMA: 2019 BizJet Deliveries Also at 10-Year High,” AOPA News & Videos, February 19, 2020
  2. Cirrus marketing website, About the Company, “History of Cirrus Aircraft,” www.CirrusAircraft.com, 2020
  3. * Jeffrey S. Brewer, “Cirrus has the best-selling Turbocharged Airplane,” statistics by year for factory installed Tornado Alley Turbo Normalized STC Shipments, phone interview Matt Bergwall, Cirrus Product Marketing Manager, www.wikiWings.com, circa April, 2014  

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Cirrus G6 Payload Management

“Smart loading. The Weight and Balance synoptic page makes every input easy and accurate. Every gallon of fuel and TKS fluid, seat occupied and bag stowed can be accounted for in the center of gravity calculation. Know with confidence that you can complete your flight safely and legally.”

Reference: Cirrus Aircraft Corporation, The Cirrus Perspective+™ by Garmin, marketing brochure, p.29, 2017.