Asia-Pacific was home to 4,385 civil turbine helicopters, powered by a total of 6,473 turbo-shaft engines, as of the end of 2020. Safran remained the most popular engine OEM, accounting for 2,237 engines (35% of total) in the region. Pratt & Whitney and Rolls-Royce followed, with 1,853 engines (29% of total) and 1,546 (24% of total) engines, respectively. Pratt & Whitney experienced the largest net growth in the region – its number of engines increasing by 35 (a growth of around 2% since yearend 2019).
Safran, the most popular engine OEM in the region, powered 1,640 of the total 4,385 helicopters at the end of 2020. 47% and 30% of the helicopters using Safran engines belonged to the single and medium categories, respectively.
Safran’s Arriel family is the most popular turbo-shaft engine model in Asia-Pacific, with 1,196 helicopters using 1,598 engines. Rolls-Royce’s Allison 250 comes second, with 1,237 helicopters using 1,434 engines. With 525 helicopters using 914 engines, the PT6 was Pratt & Whitney’s most popular engine family in the region.
Overall, the market grew by just 1.7% in 2020, lower than its 2% growth in 2019. The market is expected to grow further in 2021, as the world recovers from the COVID-19 pandemic and helicopter operations revert to pre-COVID levels, thereby increasing the demand for helicopter travel.
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