Subscribe Free
in General Aviation

22% of MEA Heli Fleet to be replaced or added, says Honeywell

Posted 8 March 2017 · Add Comment

Over a fifth of the Middle East and Africa's helicopter fleets are earmarked for replacement or expansion, according to Honeywell's latest 'Turbine-Powered Civil Helicopter Purchase Outlook.'

However, acquisition plans within the region, which has the world’s second-highest regional new purchase rate are 8 percent lower than last year’s survey results, according to the Outlook report. 

The Outlook says within MEA, close to 80 percent of planned new helicopter purchases are intermediate and medium twin-engine models with light single-engine models ranked the second-highest by operators. 

The annual Outlook report – the 19th in the series – says the helicopter industry at large is being cautious about near-term purchases due to a slow global economic growth environment and volatility in oil and gas-related markets. The Outlook forecasts 3,900 to 4,400 civilian-use helicopters will be delivered worldwide from 2017 to 2021, roughly 400 helicopters lower than the 2016 five-year forecast. 

“The current global economic situation is causing fleet managers to evaluate new helicopter purchases closely, and that’s why we’re seeing a more cautious five-year demand projection compared with previous years,” said Ben Driggs, President, Americas, Honeywell Aerospace.  However, Driggs says that Honeywell is well-placed to help operators handle the vagaries of the slow growth economy. “Honeywell is well-positioned to help operators keep current fleets lasting longer with aftermarket upgrades and repairs,” he added.

This year’s Outlook surveyed more than 1,000 chief pilots and flight department managers of companies operating 3,746 turbine and 362 piston helicopters worldwide, excluding large fleet or ‘mega’ operators, which were addressed separately. The Outlook also absorbed input from large oil and gas support, emergency medical service fleet operators and individual flight departments.

* required field

Post a comment

Other Stories
Advertisement
Latest News

Satair Group and CTT Systems A.B. extend global spares distribution agreement

Satair Group and CTT Systems A.B of Sweden announced at the Dubai Air Show a five-year extension to Satair Group's existing 10-year exclusive global spare parts distribution contract for CTT's range of aircraft climate control

EgyptAir and LOT enhance sign codeshare agreement

EgyptAir and LOT have enhanced their relations by signing codeshare agreement for passengers flying between Cairoand Warsaw.

UAE to Collaborate with US FAA and Swedish National Space Board

The UAE has signed an MoU with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States Department of Transportation and the Swedish National Space Board (SNSB).

Oman Air releases additional flights to Duqm

Oman Air has increased its frequency from Muscat to the port town of Duqm in central-eastern Oman in response to growing demand

Gulf Air and Safran sign wheels and brakes agreement

Gulf Air has signed an agreement to equip the airline's new incoming fleet of 10 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners and 12 Airbus A320neo with Safran Landing Systems wheels and brakes.

Qatar Airways Cargo commences direct freighter services to Yangon

Qatar Airways Cargo has commenced direct freighter service to Yangon, Myanmar. The Doha-Yangon-Doha route is served once-a-week with the Airbus A330 freighter, providing more than 60 tonnes of cargo capacity each way.

Aviation Africa SK18418
See us at
Aviation Africa BT18418BIAS BT271017161118Global Aerospace BT28218Aviation Show 267291117AAS2017_BT0711061217Istanbul Airshow BT 2018AIME BT1204240118