Aero Asset unveiled its 2018 Pre-owned Helicopter Market Trends Report – focusing exclusively on twin engine pre-owned markets, it ranks the best and worst performing pre-owned twin engine markets in 2018 and reveals that the top performer for the period was Airbus EC135.
Sales Director at Aero Asset Emmanuel Dupuy affirmed: “This report aggregates 2018 helicopter trading intel and compares it to the previous year. It focuses exclusively on twin engine pre-owned markets. It leverages key comparative indicators to establish a ranking of the best and the worst performing pre-owned twin engine markets in 2018.”
The report analyses 15 twin-engine models in the light, medium and heavy categories, from the Airbus H135 to Sikorsky S-92A, and at a glance, the report revealed that the most significant increase in retail transaction in 2018 occurred in the light twin market – which was up 13 per cent. It also highlighted that pre-owned helicopter retail trades across configuration and weight classes increased by nine per cent in 2018, compared to 2017.
The 2018 Report detailed that the top performer in 2018 was the Airbus EC135, with 30 per cent of models traded being less than 10 years old and 80 per cent were less than 15.
Findings also revealed that the Leonardo A109E Power ranked second, with nearly twice the absorption rate of the EC135; Leonardo A109S / AW109SP ranked third and dealer purchases of this accounted for one third of all pre-owned transactions in this market.
The Bell 429 topped Bell Helicopters’ liquidity line up in 2018. Trading activity was dominated by VIP models and less than five-year-old aircraft. Half of the buyers were from the US; 50 per cent from Asia and Europe.
Dupuy added: “We are very pleased to present this Report at this week’s HAI Heli Expo and are already working on the next edition, which we plan to publish Q2.”
Read the full report here.