Asia Pacific Helicopter Market Overview (Part 3)


The Asia Pacific region’s fleet stood at 4,265; an increase of 4.6% from 4,078 in yearend 2017. The fleet witnessed a total of 413 movements in 2018, including 150 new deliveries, 150 pre-owned additions and 113 deductions, attributed to out of the region transactions, retirement or being placed in storage. Of the 113 deductions, 50 helicopters were an age of more than 20 years. 45 helicopters changed operating bases within the region, with no impact to the total number of the regional fleet.

2018 witnessed more new-deliveries and pre-owned additions, as well as lower deductions compared with 2017. There were also a larger number of intra-regional transactions in 2018 compared with 2017. Mainland China saw the largest number of new deliveries, with 67 helicopters delivered in 2018, followed by Japan and Australia with 26 and 14, respectively.

There were 150 new deliveries in 2018. Of the 150 deliveries, 49 (32%) were Airbus helicopters, 47 (31%) were Leonardo helicopters and 43 (29%) were Bell helicopters. The Bell 505 was the most popular newly-delivered model with 23 new deliveries (15%), closely followed by the Airbus H125 with 22 new deliveries (15%). Most of the new deliveries were used for multi-mission (44%) and EMS (23%) operations.

There were 150 pre-owned additions in 2018. Of the 150 preowned additions, 70 units (47%) were Airbus, 41 (27%) were Bell and 14 (10%) were Sikorsky. The Airbus H125 was the most popular pre-owned addition with 36 units (24%), followed by the Bell 206 with 17 units (11%). More than half the pre-owned additions were used for multi-mission operations (51%), while 18% were used for charter.

There were 113 deductions in 2018. Of the 113 deductions, 55 units (49%) were Airbus, 28 (25%) were Bell and 14 (12%) were Leonardo. The Airbus H125 was the most popular deduction with 12 units (11%), followed by the Airbus BK117 10 units (9%). Nearly half of the deductions were used for multi-mission operations (49%), while 19% were used for O&G operations.

The regional fleet has been growing y-o-y since 2014 and is expected to continue until yearend 2019

Robert Li