The commercial helicopters market is anticipated to register a CAGR of above 2% during the forecast period.
- The increase in the usage of helicopters in different areas, like tourism, medical and emergency rescue services, transportation, and offshore helicopter services, has fuelled the demand for the commercial helicopters.
- The replacement of aging commercial helicopters is expected to support the growth of the market during the forecast period.
- Development of new models of helicopters by the key market players with advanced equipment for enhanced situational awareness is expected to help the companies maintain their market position.
Key Market Trends
The Medium Helicopters Segment to Experience the Highest Growth During the Forecast Period
The medium helicopters segment of the market currently has the highest market share and is expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. These helicopters generally have multi-mission capabilities and are suited for lifting operations in rigid environments, including helicopter logging, ski-lift installations, power line construction, and logistical support for remote construction sites. Additionally, the increasing use of helicopters in the field of firefighting is another major driving factor for the growth of the medium helicopters segment during the forecast period. The leading players are introducing new firefighting variants of their military medium-lift helicopters, owing to the growing demand for firefighting helicopters in the market.
The Asia-Pacific Region to Experience the Highest Growth During the Forecast Period
The Asia-Pacific region is anticipated to have the highest growth during the forecast period. The region has witnessed a growth of 4.6% increase in the fleet of the helicopter, with 150 new deliveries registered in 2018, compared to the previous year. The replacement of the aging fleet of helicopters is one of the major driving factors of the commercial helicopter market in this region. For instance, the average fleet age of helicopters in Australia and New Zealand is about over 25 years and 27 years, respectively. To ensure operational safety in these countries, their fleet has to be replaced with new and better helicopters. Additionally, support from the government in China for general aviation has boosted the growth of fleet in China, with 73 new deliveries. Such a positive outlook of the region is anticipated to allow the region to grow with the highest CAGR during the forecast period.
The prominent players in the market of commercial helicopters are Airbus SE, Robinson Helicopter Company, Textron Inc., Leonardo SpA, and Russian Helicopters (Rostec). The key players are investing in R&D for manufacturing new types of helicopters integrated with new technologies. For instance, Bell presented futuristic helicopter concept, FCX-001 with morphing main rotor blade tips, a fan-driven anti-torque system, hybridized propulsion, extensive use of glass in the fuselage, gull-wing doors, and the use of augmented reality in the cockpit to control the helicopter. Similarly, MD Helicopters is currently developing MD 6XX, a next-generation helicopter with Genesys Aerosystems IDU-680 cockpit avionics setup, with instrument flight rules (IFR) capability. This helicopter is expected to be into the market between 2019 and 2020. With such new and advanced helicopter concepts taking shape in the coming years, the competition in the market is expected to be tough.
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