Helicopter consultancy Aero Asset reports that the sales volume of used twin-engine helicopters improved by 15 percent in the first half, while inventory during the period shrank 10 percent versus the year-ago period. North America led the transactions, accounting for 50 percent worldwide. Customers expressed a strong preference for VIP cabins, which posted a 40 percent increase year-over-year.
“Light twin-engine helicopter retail sales jumped nearly 40 percent in the first two quarters of 2021, and medium twin sales 25 percent,” said Valerie Pereira, Aero Asset v-p of market research. “Heavy helicopter sales, however, slumped during the same period.”
Aero Asset reported that after two consecutive quarters of growth in the number of deals pending, the “deal pipeline” decreased by 35 percent in quarter-over-quarter, but the number of deals pending in the pipeline were up 15 percent year-to-date compared to the same period last year. The most liquid preowned market year-to-date is the Leonardo AW109S/SP, closely followed by the Airbus EC145/H145.