Reports Orders Up "More Than 200%" Over '05
"Neither red tape nor Mother
Nature could hold Columbia Aircraft back in 2006."
It is with this phrase Columbia Aircraft opened its announcement
to ANN Wednesday that despite delays early in the year certifying
its Garmin G1000 glass panel option -- and a subsequent, freak
hailstorm that necessitated the refinishing of more than 60
aircraft awaiting customer delivery -- Columbia Aircraft
still managed to deliver a record 185 aircraft for the year.
"No doubt, we endured more than our fair share of challenges in
the first half of 2006," said Columbia Vice President of Marketing
and Business Development Randy S. Bolinger. "I’d like to
thank our customers for their patience and our manufacturing staff
for their perseverance in helping us rebound to a record delivery
The 185 deliveries eclipsed the previous record of 114 aircraft
set in 2005. In all, the Company delivered 146 Columbia 400s and 39
Columbia 350s. Columbia also set a new mark for orders in 2006.
Though the company doesn’t publish sales figures, officials
told ANN orders were up more than 200% over the previous year.
"On balance, 2006 turned out to be a very good year," Bolinger
(pictured below) said. "We expect to build on our second half
momentum going into 2007 and set new records for deliveries and
sales in 2007."
Columbia manufactures a variety of all-composite aircraft
including the Columbia 400 -- arguably the world’s fastest
certified piston-single. The Columbia 350, 350i, 350SL and 350SLX
are normally-aspirated, four-place aircraft with a cruise speed of
191 knots. The Columbia 400, 400i, 400SL and 400SLX are
intercooled, twin-turbocharged, four-place aircraft certified to
FL250 with a cruise speed of 235 knots.
In addition to providing impressive performance, both models are
known for their high level of standard equipment, quality and
safety features, including dual electrical systems, dual wing spars
and Utility Category certification.