Asia Pacific Helicopter Market Overview (PART 2)

 

Country Snapshots

AUSTRALIA

With 853 operational turbine helicopters, Australia is home to the largest and most mature civil turbine helicopter fleet in the Asia Pacific region. The fleet has increased by 25 helicopters since yearend 2017, an increase of 3% attributed to 14 new deliveries, 49 pre-owned additions and 38 deductions. The Australian fleet has an average age of more than 25 years making it one of the oldest in the rqegion. The country’s turbine helicopter fleet, though increasing y-o-y, will have to address its aging fleet and replace the aging helicopters soon to ensure safety and operational feasibility.

GREATER CHINA

Greater China, including Mainland China and the Special Administrative Regions of the People’s Republic of China — Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan, witnessed a fleet growth of 89 helicopters; an increase of 14% since yearend 2017, overtaking Japan to come in second in terms of helicopter fleet size in 2018. Overall, Greater China saw 73 new deliveries along with 29 pre-owned additions and 13 deductions. Mainland China, which has recently received an abundance of government support for general aviation, is the main driver for fleet growth in Greater China. It saw a growth of 14% since yearend 2017. With a relatively young helicopter fleet (average age of 8.3 years) and an expected continued positive helicopter fleet growth rate, Greater China is one of the most promising helicopter markets in the Asia Pacific region.

JAPAN

With 649 operational turbine helicopters, Japan is home to the third largest civil turbine helicopter fleet in the Asia Pacific region. The fleet has increased by nine helicopters since yearend 2017, an increase of 1%, attributed to 26 new deliveries, five pre-owned additions and 22 deductions. With 86 helicopters dedicated to EMS, Japan has the region’s largest EMS fleet (around 32% of the total EMS fleet in the region). However, only 13% of the country’s fleet is EMS configured, while most (around 44%) are configured for multi-mission operations.

NEW ZEALAND

With 511 operational turbine helicopters, New Zealand is home to the fourth largest civil turbine helicopter fleet in the Asia Pacific region. The fleet has increased by 31 helicopters since yearend 2017, an increase of 6%; attributed to 10 new deliveries, 43 pre-owned additions and 22 deductions. Most of the helicopters in New Zealand are configured for multi-mission (around 68%) and charter operations (around 11%). With an average fleet age of 27.8 years, New Zealand — like Australia — faces the problem of an aging fleet. The aging fleet will have to be replaced in the near future to ensure operational safety, which is of major concern due to the high demand of helicopters for tourist and sightseeing activities.

INDIA

India had 289 operational turbine helicopters in 2018. The fleet size decreased by one; a decrease of less than 1%, attributed to one new delivery, nine pre-owned additions and 11 deductions. The country has 51 helicopters dedicated for offshore operations and was the third largest market for the offshore segment in 2018.

SOUTH KOREA

South Korea had 229 operational turbine helicopters in 2018. The fleet size increased by three; an increase of 1%, attributed to three new deliveries, four pre-owned additions and four deductions. Unlike most other countries in the Asia Pacific region, where Airbus is the most popular OEM, Russian Helicopters dominates the South Korean turbine helicopter market.

INDONESIA

Indonesia had 208 operational turbine helicopters in 2018. The fleet size, which remained unchanged from yearend 2017, witnessed one new delivery, 13 pre-owned additions and 14 deductions. Around 40% of the helicopter fleet is dedicated to multi-mission operations. Airbus and Bell are the most popular OEMs in the country, with a market share of around 38% and 34%, respectively.

PHILIPPINES

Philippines had 169 operational turbine helicopters in 2018. The fleet size increased by seven; an increase of 4%, attributed to seven new deliveries, five pre-owned additions and five deductions. Around 31% of the helicopter fleet is dedicated to multi-mission operations. The high demand for tourism, a major contributor to the country’s economy, reflects the increase in helicopters dedicated to charter operations; growing by 12 helicopters (an increase of 50%) since yearend 2017. Airbus and Bell are the most popular OEMs in the country, with a market share of around 54% and 28%, respectively.

MALAYSIA

Malaysia had 159 operational turbine helicopters in 2018. The fleet size increased by two; an increase of 1%, attributed to three new deliveries, 10 pre-owned additions and 11 deductions. Around 25% of the helicopter fleet is dedicated to offshore operations. Although most of the helicopters are configured for O&G, the fleet reduced by four; a decrease of around 9%. Airbus and Leonardo are the most popular OEMs in the country, with a market share of around 53% and 23%, respectively.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA (PNG)

PNG had 116 operational turbine helicopters in 2018. The fleet size increased by 10; an increase of 9%, attributed to two new deliveries, 13 pre-owned additions and five deductions. Around 78% of the helicopter fleet is dedicated to multi-mission operations. Bell and Airbus are the most popular OEMs in the country, with a market share of around 53% and 37%, respectively.

THAILAND

Thailand had 111 operational turbine helicopters in 2018. The fleet size remained unchanged from yearend 2017 and witnessed two pre-owned additions and two deductions. More than half of the helicopter fleet is operated by the Government and around 47% of the helicopter fleet is dedicated to law enforcement operations. Bell and Airbus are the most popular OEMs in the country, with a market share of around 53% and 30%, respectively.

 
Robert Li