Commercial Aircraft MRO Will Witness Growth until 2020 Due to the Rapid Development in Ultrasonic Technique, Says Technavio

Technavio publishes a new market research report on the global commercial aircraft MRO market from 2016-2020. (Photo: Business Wire)

LONDON--()--According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global commercial aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) market is expected to reach USD 75.7 billion by 2020, growing at a CAGR of more than 3%.

This research report titled ‘Global Commercial Aircraft MRO Market 2016-2020’ provides an in-depth analysis of the market in terms of revenue and emerging market trends. The market size has been calculated from the spending on MRO carried out for aircraft. The average MRO cost for the airframes, engine, and components for performing line maintenance (which includes A-check, B-check, C-check, and D-check) has been taken into consideration.

Ultrasonic inspection is a sensitive method of NDT for metallic, non-metallic, magnetic, or non-magnetic components of aircraft. This technique is widely used for the detection of internal defects in materials. With only single surface accessibility, the ultrasonic test can detect small flaws and estimate the location and size of the defect.

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Technavio’s aerospace and defense analysts categorize the global commercial aircraft MRO market into four major segments by MRO type. They are:

  • Engine
  • Airframe and modifications
  • Components
  • Line maintenance

The top three revenue generating type segments for the global commercial aircraft MRO are:

Global engine MRO market for commercial aircraft

The revenue generated from turboprop engine MRO is expected to register a slow growth due to the declining fleet of turboprops. Engine MRO for regional jets could also decline by 2020 as regional jet operators tend to replace the fleet with new aircraft instead of opting for heavy visits.

According to Avimanyu Basu, a lead maintenance, repair, and overhaul research analyst from Technavio, “Engine costs are dictated by the annual increase in material prices and are moderately affected by PMA. The engine OEMs have greater power in the engine MRO value chain market.

Global airframe MRO and modifications market for commercial aircraft

Airframe MRO and modifications mainly include C and D checks that are generally referred to as heavy maintenance visit (HMV). Several aircraft that were delivered between 2005-2009 are expected to come for their second round of HMV, and aircraft such as A380 will reach their first heavy check.

The global commercial airframe MRO and modifications market was dominant due to the extensive spending on narrow bodies. The use of enhanced technologies such as smart electronics and chemically engineered composites in the new-generation aircraft has also increased the intervals of check, which in turn, will influence the overall commercial aircraft airframe MRO and modifications market,” says Avimanyu.

Global commercial aircraft component MRO market

The component MRO segment portrays a steady growth rate as the market scenario is highly competitive. This segment consists of services to avionics systems, cabin and cockpit systems, and all other parts from nacelle to thrust reversers. The rotable components of aircraft require MRO as well.

Component manufacturers such as UTC Aerospace Systems Hamilton Sundstrand Eaton, Rockwell Collins, BAE Systems, Meggitt, UTC Aerospace Systems Goodrich, Honeywell, Messier, Panasonic, Thales, and others offer maintenance capabilities for their respective components. In component MRO, OEMs are the dominant stakeholders in the air transport sector.

The top vendors highlighted by Technavio’s research analysts in this report are:

  • AAR
  • ATS
  • Lufthansa Technik
  • ST Aerospace
  • SIA Engineering

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Release Summary

According to the latest market study released by Technavio, the global commercial aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) market is expected to reach USD 75.7 billion by 2020.



Technavio Research
Jesse Maida
Media & Marketing Executive
US: +1 630 333 9501
UK: +44 208 123 1770