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China plans to buy more helicopters over the
next five years than it did in 2013, while India
reported lower purchase plans than last year.
These are amongst the findings of the
Honeywell Aerospace Turbine-Powered Civil
Helicopter Outlook for 2014-2018, which
expects worldwide deliveries of 4,800-to-
5,500 units for civilian use. This is roughly
the same as last year s forecast (4,900-to-
The Asia-Oceania region accounts for
around a fifth of total demand in the forecast.
In Asia, 29 percent of operators plan
increases in fleet utilization -- the second
highest of any region (behind Latin America).
Just 6 percent plan decreases.
"Global demand looks study on the heels
of strong 2013 performance," said Tom Hart,
vice president, defense and space sales,
Honeywell Aerospace. "Utility helicopter
purchase interest is trending upward.
Helicopter replacement cycles and increased
operating hours in the law enforcement and oil
& gas industries helps sustain demand in those
sectors. Several new platforms are scheduled
to enter service in the next few years and this
also is expected to bolster overall demand."
Operators who intend to purchase a
helicopter within the next five years noted that
the age of their current aircraft, contracted
replacement cycle and warranty expiration
were key drivers for their decision. For those
surveyed, the make and model choice for
their new aircraft is strongly influenced by
range, cabin size, reliability and safety, hot/
high performance, and brand experience.
In terms of operator satisfaction by class
of helicopter, light single-engine helicopters
continue to be the most popular product
class, with the Airbus EC130/AS350
series, Bell 407 and Robinson R66 the most
frequently mentioned models.
helicopters are the second most popular
product class, with approximately 33 percent
of total survey participants planning to buy a
new model of this type. The most frequently
mentioned models were the AgustaWestland
AW139, AW169, Bell 412, EC145 and
Sikorsky S-76 series helicopters.
The light twin helicopter class earned 26
percent of total operator purchase plans in
the 2014 survey, with the EC135, Bell 429
and AW109 series helicopters noted the most
Heavy multi-engine helicopters, such as
the EC225, Russia s Mi-8/17 and Sikorsky s
S-92, registered a small decline in purchase
plans in the 2013 survey; however, demand
from large oil and gas fleet operators not
included in the survey continues to support
overall volume in the heavy class.
Again in this year s survey, Honeywell
asked all respondents to indicate their current
satisfaction over the last year with each
model of aircraft they operate. For models
that received more than 25 responses, the
make/models with the highest net scores are
the AW139, Bell 407, Bell 412, EC120,
EC130/EC350 series and Sikorsky S-76.
These top platforms account for nearly 50
percent of all survey make/model mentions
and can be considered the top current
production helicopters in terms of recent
customer satisfaction attitudes and likelihood to
promote. Many other make/models currently
in production also received excellent scores
that did not make it into the top six listing.
When examining usage trends across
segments, oil and gas was the highest at an
annual average of approximately 720 hours
per aircraft, followed by law enforcement
at more than 400 hours per year. Tourism,
emergency medical services and general
utility were closely grouped at approximately
375--400 hours per year. The lowest
average use was reported by corporate
segment operators at just over 300 hours per
helicopter per year.
Honeywell says the 2014 outlook presents
a snapshot of the helicopter business at a
point in time and reflects the current business
and political environment. This year s survey
queried more than 1,000 chief pilots and
flight department managers of companies
operating 2,800 turbine and 290 piston
The survey excluded large fleet or "mega"
operators, which were interviewed separately.
Input received from large oil and gas support
and emergency medical service fleet operators
is factored into the overall outlook in addition
to the individual flight department responses.
The survey detailed the types of aircraft
operated and assessed specific plans to
replace or add to the fleet with new aircraft.
"With demand for new helicopters
remaining steady, and aircraft lasting longer
through replacement cycles, Honeywell is
ready to support both new installations and
fleet upgrades worldwide," Hart said. "Our
propulsion, safety, navigation, communications
and flight services can help aircraft stay
efficient, powerful, reliable and safe throughout
their entire time in the air." -- Colin Baker
China shines in rotor forecast survey
AgustaWestland AW139 was a strong performer in the Honeywell survey.
Several new platforms are
scheduled to enter service in
the next few years and this
also is expected to bolster
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