Civil Helicopter Outlook Good, Says Frost and Sullivan

 - August 26, 2010, 11:47 AM

In its just-released world commercial helicopter market report, research firm Frost & Sullivan expects the segment to expand from 24,625 helicopters in 2009 to 36,946 in 2015. According to Frost & Sullivan aerospace analyst Nathan Smith, about 50 percent of the 12,321 helicopters will be light piston and turbine singles, while light and intermediate twins will each account for about 22 percent and heavy multi-engine helicopters will make up the remainder. “The civilian rotorcraft market is expected to remain diverse, with the bulk of all new deliveries arriving from mature production lines,” Frost & Sullivan said. Worldwide civil helicopter fleet growth declined from double digits in 2007 to 7 percent in 2008 and 5.7 percent last year. Lower demand and production levels are expected to persist into 2011 or 2012 before returning to double digits, the research firm noted. The financial crisis had an uneven impact on each geographic region, it said. “The markets in the United States felt the heat more than those in Western Europe and Asia, which had remained comparatively stable,” Smith said. “Over the next five years, it is estimated that up to 22 percent of total world new rotorcraft sales will be to customers in Asia Pacific, Africa and the Middle East.”