Airbus Helicopters' H125 intermediate single was the most delivered turbine-powered helicopter for 2020 according to the General Aviation Manufacturers' Association (GAMA) figures released on Wednesday.
The H125 is a development of the popular A350 Squirrel, and has been the company's best performing aircraft in terms of customer deliveries for several years.
Despite that, the 63 aircraft shipped represents only 40% of the 159 H125s delivered in the 2019 year. The nearest challengers were Robinson's R66 with 54 deliveries and Bell's 407 GXi, of which 53 were shipped to customers.
World-wide, GAMA recorded 674 helicopters delivered, representing a market value of $US 2.739 billion, a decrease of 16.2% in dollar terms.
Bell's turbine twin 429 topped its class in deliveries with 27, with Leonardo's HEMS hero AW139 close behind on 21. Shipments of the 429 were consistent with the 2019 figures, but the AW139 was down 40% on the previous year's result.
Robinson's R44 Raven I/II continued its dominant position with 93 aircraft rolled-out, 13% down on the 2019 figures.
In the training market, the two-seat R22 Beta II again out-sold the R44 Cadet as it has done every year since 2016, with 18 customers receiving R22s against 12 Cadets. Helicopteres Guimbal shipped out 17 of its relative newcomer, the Cabri G2, which was 34% down on the 26 delivered in the previous year.