Offshore Helicopter Services - Issue 37
12 Aug 2020 - Upstream Costs and Technology | Scheduled Update
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Amy GroeschelAmy GroeschelPrincipal Research Analyst

Executive summary

Key developments in the past four months

  • In 2019, passenger transport logged approximately 1.3 million hours, valued at USD4 billion. Demand will fall in 2020 by 11% and remain flat in 2021. The need for the longer-range medium and large helicopters could increase as activity moves farther offshore and into harsher regions that lack infrastructure, but any true recovery will come after 2022.
  • Forecast supply will be flat at 1,565 helicopters in 2024.

Key supply chain implications

  • Despite the expectation at the end of 2019 that the oversupply was beginning to wane, the deterioration of market conditions will likely result in a driving down of utilization for the next two quarters, or perhaps more, even if no orders are delivered. Utilization rose in 2019 to nearly 85%. However, it will fall in the face of deteriorating market conditions. The average utilization over the outlook period will be 70%. If all cold-stacked helicopters, excluding the EC225/H225, were to reenter the market, it would drive the average utilization down to just over 65% through the forecast period.
  • Bristow Group and Era Group completed their merger, making them the largest offshore helicopter supplier for offshore crew transport.

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Glossary and financial terminology

Regional definitions

Market segment definitions

Cost model methodology

Market segment cost models—Q2 2020

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