Hardly thirty or forty years back one could imagine that the halls and parking of aircraft interiors are simply clogged European appliances. At the time, in full accordance with the political situation in the world, top picks in the sector of the country were located "at the edges" of Europe — the Soviet Union and the United States. But for a number of events relatively recently, in the 90 years of the last century, European aircraft manufacturers quickly "went to take off."
Most of all deployed helicopter manufacturers, and specifically the office Eurocopter (appeared as a result of merger of the German Daimler-Benz Aerospace AG and helicopter branch Aérospatiale) and AgustaWestland. Naturally, they did not oust one hundred percent to the euro market South American and Soviet-Russian cars, but took the leading position. So, for the past 15 years, the Yankees fraction of Bell in the European market fell by half to 14-15%.
What's all the same to global figures, in 2010, Eurocopter has delivered nearly 530 helicopters of various models. The "Augusta" features a modest — only 171 sold helicopter. The percentage of only these two European offices provide technology more 60% of the global helicopter market.
One of the main reasons of success of European helicopters — the right approach to the purpose of production. For small exception (for example, military Eurocopter Tiger), European companies are making multi-purpose helicopters, more promising in market terms. For obvious reasons, these machines become not only the military, and various other organizations, including commercial. It should be said about the "industry" rassredotachivanii helicopters. Of the 8,700 helicopters in service in Europe in the past year, more than 3,600 units have been used as a general purpose machine, more 1500 helicopters were in their personal or corporate use, and about 1,400 worked as an air taxi or charter flights. It was only in fourth place were police helicopters — nearly nine hundred. Firefighters, honey and other "industry" in size are far behind. From these figures it can be done following conclusion: commercial organization "tasted" helicopters and appreciate its convenience. In the coming years, most likely, the number of cars in the most "popular" sectors will continue to grow, with more active than others.
Although at some point there will come a time when the future buyers will have a significant number of even older, but not exhausted their own resources, machines. And in this case, the creation of a very unlikely fall: a kind of market saturation and reduced consumer activity has been observed. But in comparison with the more successful year of the last decade, which was the first in 2008, a drop in sales of the same "Eurocopter" does not look fatal — 588 units in 2008, against 527 in 2010. But the above reduction is more about the individual companies and organizations in which air transport plays a purely supportive role. But law enforcement and critical services, with all the features of their work will constantly need to update the park, into the hands of "Augusta" and "Eurocopter". But this is only in theory. In practice, Spain, Portugal, and even more Greece at the moment is not up to the new helicopters, the more, An old still has not developed a resource and apply for use. Remedy this situation, in the views of manufacturers and banks have special leasing offers, but expectations may not come true.
If all the money tricks really will benefit the market, the fraction of the world helicopter fleet, used in Europe, can grow. In the past year was 20%. For comparison, a similar figure of the United States — 43%, and Europe in the coming pursuers face of Canada, the CIS and Australia operate only 6% of the total number of helicopters. In absolute terms, as already mentioned, is used in Europe about 8700 machines. At the same time in 10 years European Park rose to almost 3,100 helicopters, and that does not include the substitution of old times. And most of the new machines that have replaced the old, as it is clear, are of European origin.
A certain optimism about growth gives rise to the fact that two-thirds of all helicopters operated in 5 European countries (including Russia). At the same time, our country is in first place with almost 1,800 helicopters. Completing the top five favorites of 725 cars with German identifying marks. This "unfair" rassredotachivanie helicopters in Europe could push the country from the end of the list for the purchase of new cars. Although the same Cyprus with his 21 helicopter hardly needs new — per million population there accounts for 23 cars, which is twice more than in Russia or in France. Although Cyprus is very far away to Norway, where the same is almost fifty million helicopters.
To sum up, we can say that still waters, which is the European helicopter thirty or forty years back, grew inveterate devils that have already grabbed two-thirds of the world market, and turn away from them, as practice shows, are not collected. In addition, it is unlikely either Eurocopter AgustaWestland going to stop there. Because if Bell, Sikorsky or "Miles" wish, at least, to return to its former market share, they will have to work hard. It may even be in cooperation with the Europeans. Especially since the European helicopter building offices have whole set of infrastructure, necessary for the creation of the helicopters with good commercial prospects.