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Q3 2021 Helicopter Market Trends

Heli Market Trends compiles YTD 2021 performance of 13 twin engine models in the light, medium and heavy weight categories, from Airbus Helicopters H135 to Sikorsky S92. Market performance is ranked from most to least active.

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Key Findings: 

 

TRANSACTION VOLUME IS STABLE Q3, SUPPLY SHRINKS

Total YTD retail sales stable vs same period 2020 (YOY).
Supply for sale 24% lower year over year (YOY).
Deal pipeline increased 24% YOY, but decreased vs. Q2 2021.

WEIGHT CLASS PERFORMANCE

YTD Light twin engine retail sales volume increased 5% vs. same period 2020.
YTD Medium retail sales up nearly 45% vs same period 2020.
Heavy retail sales declined substantially over same period.

REGIONS & CONFIGS

After trailing Europe in 2020, North America leads the pack in transaction volume YTD.
North American sales accounted for over 1/3rd of total transactions YTD.
YTD VIP configured twin helicopter sales volume rose 8% YOY, and EMS declined 40% over same period.

LIQUIDITY LINEUP

The most liquid preowned market YTD was the Airbus EC/H145, followed by the Leonardo AW109S/SP and the Sikorsky S-76C+/C++.
The biggest drop YOY was the Bell 412EP, with a current absorption rate of 17 years.
2 of 13 markets in the lineup saw no preowned trades YTD.

DEAL PIPELINE COOL DOWN

The number of deals pending at various stages of transaction declined 24% Q3 vs. Q2.
However, the number of deals pending in the pipeline remained 23% higher this quarter vs Q3 2020.

FLIGHT DATA

The number of worldwide helicopter flights experienced a sharp rebound Q1 2021 and YTD.
North America saw 256 126 helicopter flights Q3 2021, a 36% increase YOY.
Europe saw 192 976 helicopter flights Q3, a 23% increase YOY.

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    Aero Asset Inc., VP Sales

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