Global Civil Helicopter Market is rising at steady rate owing to rising demand for the rotorcraft, increase in the disposable incomes in emerging countries, and rising demand for the helicopters for law enforcement. North America led the global market in 2019, followed by the Europe. The rising demand for the civil helicopters in emerging countries such as, India, China and Brazil and growing demand for the emergency medical services are some of key drivers for growth of global civil helicopter market. Furthermore, 2020, COVID 19 pandemic is further expected to create vital impact on the market.
The market has witnessed considerable growth, credited to its efficiency in reaching high altitude, remote, and disasters affected areas. There has been major focus on permitting civil helicopters to function in the remote areas and in the areas where airports are non-existent or are under developments. In such areas, these helicopters are very beneficial as they have perpendicular take-off and the landing capabilities. There is large market for these helicopters, which are being invigorated for public use by government, such as medical aid, transport, and law enforcement.Segment Overview
Single-engine helicopters are used for the operations that require the flying at low altitudes. They are used in demanding environments. The helicopters are usually used for the emergency medical operations, search and rescue missions and power line inspections. For instance, Airbus H125 and H130 are extensively used single-engine helicopters for the EMS missions in U.S. They offer high presentation, mission flexibility, excellent visibility, and low operating costs. Therefore, the single-engine segment is anticipated to register considerable growth during the forecast period.
The industry has witnessed latest crashes of the prototype helicopter models over few under development programs. The programs include Bell 525 and H225 Super Puma fleet programs. This is one of major factors limiting growth of the market. The rising demand for medium sized helicopters, inclination towards the civil helicopters market, augmented demand for the technologically advanced combat helicopters, growing upgrade of the existing fleet, and the tie-ups or partnerships between the helicopters manufacturers and the aviation institutions are key growth drivers for global civil helicopter market.Regional Overview
By region, Global Civil Helicopter Market has been categorized into Europe, North America, Asia-Pacific, and the Middle East & Africa. North America led for the largest share of the civil helicopter market and the regional market is expected to register important growth during forecast period. In North America, helicopters are used for many applications such as charter services, aerial tours, and for search, rescue missions. Charter services are increasingly gaining popularity to encourage the tourism and air travel. Further, emergency medical services using helicopters are proving to be effective in U.S. and Canada in safeguarding rapid response. Many operators are focusing on offering aerial photography and tours along with the utility and offshore transport services.Competitor overview
In Oct 2019, Airbus SAS signed contract with the Air Greenland to deliver two Airbus H225 heavy helicopters and support and maintenance services. With procurement of helicopters, Air Greenland will be able to deliver enhanced search and rescue services.
In Oct 2018, Textron Inc. provided BELL 505 helicopter to undisclosed client in the Southern Africa. The contract allowed company to reinforce its presence in African helicopter market.
In Oct 2018, Textron Inc. selected China State Grid General Aviation Company as authorized maintenance center (AMC) for Bell 429 helicopters. The contract enabled company to offer improved maintenance services to the customers in China and expand its presence in Asian helicopter market.Key Players
- Bell Helicopter Textron Inc
- AVIC Helicopter Company
- Airbus S.A.S
- Leonardo S.p.A
- Airbus S.A.S
- MD Helicopters Inc.
- Korea Aerospace Industries Ltd.
- Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd.
- Enstrom Helicopter Corporation
- Lockheed Martin Corporation
- Russian Helicopters JSC
- Robinson Helicopter Company
- Other Prominent Players
By Engine Type
By End Use
- Law Enforcement
- Onshore & Offshore Transportation
- Forestry & Wildlife Conversation
- Helicopter Emergency Medical Service
- Search & Rescue
- Training Services
- North America
- Rest of Europe
- South Korea
- Rest of Asia-Pacific
- Saudi Arabia
- Rest of LAMEA