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ROTOR POWER: Top 10 civil turbine helicopter types

On the eve of this year’s Helitech exhibition in London, we dive into Flightglobal’s Ascend Fleets database for a look at the most popular civil turbine types flying.

No surprise, type longevity is a factor – and the prevalence of Bell models points to the marque’s huge heritage, even if recent years have seen it upstaged in the market. Data source: Flightglobal’s Ascend Fleets

1. Bell 206

3,610 in service; 15% of the world fleet (entry into service: 1967)

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206L4

Bell Helicopter

2. Airbus Helicopters AS350

3,399; 14% (1967)

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AS350

Airbus Helicopters

3. Mil Mi-8

1,898; 8% (1967)

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Mi-8

Croatian Defence Ministry

4. Bell 407

1,217; 5% (1996)

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407

Bell Helicopter

5. MD Helicopters MD 500

1,148; 5% (1982)

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MD 500

MD Helicopters

6. Bell 212/412

1,067; 4% (1981)

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Bell 212

Bell Helicopter

7. Airbus Helicopters EC135

1,021; 4% (1996)

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EC135

Airbus Helicopters

8. AgustaWestland AW109

963; 4% (1976)

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AW109 Power

AgustaWestland

9. AgustaWestland AW139

643; 3% (2003)

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AW139

AgustaWestland

10. Bell UH-1

638; 3% (1959)

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205A++

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