China civil helicopter fleet to grow to 435 aircraft in 2013
March 1, 2013, Shanghai, China - The 2012 year-end civil helicopter fleet stood at 370 aircraft—exactly in-line with the best-case scenario and 3.7 per cent higher than the most-probable scenario of the previous year’s edition, says a detailed report on the subject by Avia-Tek.
By Carey Fredericks
Avia-Tek, a China-based aerospace consultancy with offices in Shanghai, Palm Beach and Hong Kong, is forecasting 65 deliveries in 2013 which will bring the fleet to 435 helicopters in active service.
"China is a challenging market for companies to find reliable and useful information about general aviation. Avia-Tek's report gave us a comprehensive analysis of the key players, market environment, and outlook for the helicopter industry in China," says Tony Tang, Rockwell Collin’s Marketing & Strategy Manager for China. “We know a lot of companies out there have questions about getting involved in the Chinese helicopter industry both local and international investors,” says Avia-Tek Partner and Co-Founder, Todd Siena, “in addition to the written report; we provide a customized briefing session for each client that purchases a copy.”
“We expect that the single- and twin-turbine segments will experience faster growth only after the more urgent need for intermediate, twin-turbine, and heavy lift helicopters is filled,” says Matthieu Devoisselle, also a Founding Partner, “our analysis of the specific market drivers goes into further detail in the report. Search and rescue is the priority from the Chinese government’s point of view.”
“If you look at the figures you can see that currently the European OEMs are leading the market in both value and absolute units ex-pistons,” says Mr. Siena, “while the piston market is dominated by Robinson and Sikorsky. However, the market is still emerging and major shifts could occur as the OEMs make moves in China.”