Commercial Helicopters Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)

The Commercial Helicopters Market is Segmented by Maximum Take-off Weight (Light Helicopters, Medium Helicopters, Heavy Helicopters), Number of Engines (Single-engine, Multi-engine), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

commercial helicopter market over
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: >2 %

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Market Overview

The commercial helicopters market is anticipated to register a CAGR of above 2% during the forecast period.

  • The increase in the usage of helicopters in different areas, like tourism, medical and emergency rescue services, transportation, and offshore helicopter services, has fuelled the demand for commercial helicopters.
  • The replacement of aging commercial helicopters is expected to support the growth of the market during the forecast period.
  • The development of new models of helicopters by the key market players with advanced equipment for enhanced situational awareness is expected to help the companies maintain their market position.  

Scope of the Report

The study of commercial helicopters market includes the developments and procurement of new helicopters used in the civil and commercial sectors. It includes all the helicopters used for offshore gas and oil exploration, government and VIP transport, HEMS, firefighting, and search and rescue operations.

Maximum Take-off Weight
Light Helicopters
Medium Helicopters
Heavy Helicopters
Number of Engines
North America
United States
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
Rest of Asia-Pacific
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Middle-East and Africa
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

The Medium Helicopters Segment to Experience the Highest Growth During the Forecast Period

The medium helicopters segment of the market currently has the highest market share and is expected to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period. These helicopters generally have multi-mission capabilities and are suited for lifting operations in rigid environments, including helicopter logging, ski-lift installations, power line construction, and logistical support for remote construction sites. Additionally, the increasing use of helicopters in the field of firefighting is another major driving factor for the growth of the medium helicopters segment during the forecast period. The leading players are introducing new firefighting variants of their military medium-lift helicopters, owing to the growing demand for firefighting helicopters in the market.

Commercial Helicopters Market_Maximum Take-off Weight

The Asia-Pacific Region to Experience the Highest Growth During the Forecast Period

The Asia-Pacific region is anticipated to have the highest growth during the forecast period. The region has witnessed a growth of 4.6% increase in the fleet of the helicopter, with 150 new deliveries registered in 2018, compared to the previous year. The replacement of the aging fleet of helicopters is one of the major driving factors of the commercial helicopter market in this region. For instance, the average fleet age of helicopters in Australia and New Zealand is about over 25 years and 27 years, respectively. To ensure operational safety in these countries, their fleet has to be replaced with new and better helicopters. Additionally, support from the government in China for general aviation has boosted the growth of fleet in China, with 73 new deliveries. Such a positive outlook of the region is anticipated to allow the region to grow with the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

Commercial Helicopters Market_Geography

Competitive Landscape

The prominent players in the market of commercial helicopters are Airbus SE, Robinson Helicopter Company, Textron Inc., Leonardo SpA, and Russian Helicopters (Rostec). The key players are investing in R&D for manufacturing new types of helicopters integrated with new technologies. For instance, Bell presented a futuristic helicopter concept, FCX-001 with morphing main rotor blade tips, a fan-driven anti-torque system, hybridized propulsion, extensive use of glass in the fuselage, gull-wing doors, and the use of augmented reality in the cockpit to control the helicopter. Similarly, MD Helicopters is currently developing MD 6XX, a next-generation helicopter with Genesys Aerosystems IDU-680 cockpit avionics setup, with instrument flight rules (IFR) capability. This helicopter is expected to be in the market between 2019 and 2020. With such new and advanced helicopter concepts taking shape in the coming years, the competition in the market is expected to be tough.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 Maximum Take-off Weight

      1. 5.1.1 Light Helicopters

      2. 5.1.2 Medium Helicopters

      3. 5.1.3 Heavy Helicopters

    2. 5.2 Number of Engines

      1. 5.2.1 Single-engine

      2. 5.2.2 Multi-engine

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.3.2 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Mexico

        3. Rest of Latin America

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Australia

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Europe

        1. United Kingdom

        2. Germany

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. United Arab Emirates

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Egypt

        4. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Airbus SE

      2. 6.2.2 Textron Inc.

      3. 6.2.3 Enstrom Helicopter Corp.

      4. 6.2.4 Leonardo SpA

      5. 6.2.5 MD HELICOPTERS INC.

      6. 6.2.6 Robinson Helicopter Company

      7. 6.2.7 Russian Helicopters

      8. 6.2.8 Lockheed Martin Corporation

      9. 6.2.9 Kaman Corporation

      10. 6.2.10 AVIC

      11. 6.2.11 Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Commercial Helicopters Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Commercial Helicopters Market is growing at a CAGR of >2% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Airbus SE, Robinson Helicopter Company, Textron Inc., Leonardo SpA, Russian Helicopters (Rostec) are the major companies operating in Commercial Helicopters Market.

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