There was a total of 6,475 turbo-shaft engines powering the fleet of 4,373 helicopters in the Asia-Pacific region at year end 2019. Safran Engines was the market leader, with 2,249 engines (35% of total), followed by Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce, with 1,847 (29% of total) and 1,548 (24% of total) engines respectively. Pratt & Whitney witnessed the largest growth in the region, increasing its coverage to 1,847 engines (growing by around 6%).
Nearly 46% and 31% of the helicopters powered by Safran engines belong to the single and medium-sized categories, while the majority of the demand for Rolls-Royce engines was for single-engine helicopters — 73%.
Safran’s Arriel family is the most popular engine model in Asia Pacific, with 1,204 helicopter units using 1,620 engines. Rolls-Royce’s Allison 250 comes in second, with 1,235 helicopter units using 1,441 engines. With 534 helicopter units using 1,011 engines, PT6 is Pratt & Whitney’s most popular engine family in the region. Airbus 125 (720 units), Bell 206 (529 units) and AW139 (238 units) are the most popular turbine helicopters in the region that use the Arriel, Allison 250 and PT6 engines, respectively.
The helicopter engine market in the region has shown continuous yearly growth since year end 2015. The market has grown 2.1% year-on-year increasing by 135 units from 6,340 engines in 2018 and is expected to grow in the coming years as the civil turbine helicopter fleet in Asia Pacific continues to grow.
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