First-half Sales, Supply of Preowned Helos Drops

 - September 6, 2022, 9:59 AM
Aero Asset's Heli-Market Trends report said the Airbus EC/H145 was the best-performing twin-engine helicopter in terms of sales during the first half of 2022. (Photo: Aero Asset)

Sales and supply of preowned twin-engine helicopters in the first half fell from the same period last year, according to a new report from helicopter trading firm Aero Asset. Sales volume of the type dropped 17 percent, to 73 units, while dollar volume rose 12 percent, to $264 million. The number of twin-engine helicopters for sale was down 30 percent from the same period last year. There also were fewer preowned helicopters for sale among other classes, including light, medium-twin, and heavy rotorcraft.

Sales of light and medium-twin helicopters were down 20 percent in the first six months versus the same time last year. But the sales volume of preowned heavy helicopters increased from a year ago.

North America and Europe accounted for 75 percent of total transactions during the period. Europe was also the only region with a positive trend in transaction volume, Aero Asset said. Sales of VIP and utility helicopters fell 25 percent, while EMS configured twin-helicopter sales increased.

“The absorption rate improved slightly to 12 months year-over-year and remained stable compared to the previous semester,” said Aero Asset v-p of market research Valerie Pereira. “The number of deals pending at various stages of transaction increased 20 percent in the second quarter compared with the second quarter of 2021.”