IBA’s Helicopter Market Update Webinar, March 2018

The global commercial helicopter systems market was valued at US$8.2 Billion in 2017 and it is expected to increase to US$11.6 Billion by 2027. Key factors expected to drive the market for commercial helicopters aside from offshore oil and gas include rising demand from emerging economies in AsiaPAC, Middle East, and Latin American markets, along with expanding usage of helicopters across many different sectors like emergency services, law enforcement, corporate transport and tourism.

From the start of 2017 there has been evidence of a recovery and numbers are increasing. Oil, currently at $60/bbl, has crept back into the value that will interest operators. Viability of deep-water offshore oil production is about $80/bbl. Sources estimate that between $50/bbl to $65/bbl will spark exploration back up again. However, IBA has noted that it normally takes the industry two years to recover sufficiently following an increase in oil prices. This particular downturn is unique however, as IOCs/NOCs/helicopter operators have had to get more creative; tightening operations to stabilise costs/margins. This is likely to continue and a new, lower, equilibrium point will be established.

This session was designed specifically around the business needs of investors, lessors and financiers looking to explore the helicopter market. With elements of the helicopter market returning as commodity prices edge up, this session provides valuable insight to help the aviation community identify opportunities, structure deals and mitigate risk.

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