Pre-owned Helicopter Sales Decline in 2013, Says JetNet

 - February 25, 2014, 4:25 PM

Aviation industry data provider JetNet released its year-end statistics for the pre-owned helicopter market, which shows that retail sales for used turbine and piston rotorcraft experienced double-digit year-over-year declines of 11.8 percent and 13.5 percent, respectively, in 2013.

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. Sale transactions of pre-owned AgustaWestland models climbed from 163 in 2012 to 178 last year.