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Total registered and operational civil helicopters in India FY 2010-2019

In the financial year 2019, the total number of civil helicopters that were registered and operational in India stood at 245. For the third consecutive financial year, there was a drop registered in the total number of civil helicopters operational in the country.

Use of helicopters in India

Civil helicopters were mainly used in India for non-scheduled passenger services and there was minimal use for other applications such as hotline washing and casualty air evacuation. Pawan Hans Limited provided its copters for offshore operations. The company also provided copters to different administration services in the country.
In the southern city of Bengaluru, helicopters were used for shuttle service to travel within the city. Aviation authorities in India had incorporated different policies like the regional connectivity scheme, helicopter emergency medical services. Furthermore, the 2016 national civil aviation policy enabled regulatory support to the civil helicopter industry.

Leading users

Non-scheduled service providers were the largest owners of civil helicopters in India. As of March 2019, there were 52 of these across the country. Pawan Hans Limited, with 42 helicopters, making it the largest fleet nationwide. This was followed by Global Vectra Helicorp Limited. In addition to non-scheduled service providers, a small number of helicopters belonged to the private sector.

Total registered and operational civil helicopters in India from financial year 2010 to 2019

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Release date

September 2019



Survey time period

FY 2010 to FY 2019

Supplementary notes

India's financial year starts in April and ends in March. For example, FY2019 started in April 2018 and ended in March 2019.

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