Aviation industry data provider JetNet has released its year-end statistics for the pre-owned helicopter market, which show that retail sales for used turbine and piston rotorcraft experienced double-digit declines of 11.8 percent and 13.5 percent, respectively, in 2013 compared with the previous year. Turbine helicopters saw an 11.4-percent increase in the number listed for sale year-over-year, with the percentage of the available in-service fleet increasing from 6.1 percent to 6.4 percent, while the average number of days on market declined by 18 days over the previous year, to 414.
According to JetNet, Airbus Helicopters and Bell had the most pre-owned transactions of all the rotorcraft manufacturers but showed the largest decreases as well. While Airbus’s rotorcraft products showed 871 pre-owned sales in 2012, that number decreased to 782 in 2013, while the sale of used Bell helicopters declined from 665 to 596 year-over-year.
While starting from a much lower base level of 163 full helicopter (as opposed to fractional) sales in 2012, AgustaWestland demonstrated a significant increase, to 178 pre-owned full sale transactions last year.
Here at the show, JetNet will be demonstrating the latest improvements to its flagship Evolution software suite, which gives users an up-to-the-minute depiction of the entire rotorcraft market. At the close of 2013, the Utica, N.Y. based-company reported nearly 30,000 helicopters in service worldwide, roughly two-thirds of which are turbine powered. The company now tracks 134 civil helicopter models in 184 countries. Visitors to its booth (No. 4500) will have the opportunity to win a bottle of Finger Lakes Ice Wine.