Aircraft Seating Market

Zodiac Aerospace-Safran (France), B/E Aerospace-Rockwell Collins, Inc. (US), and RECARO Aircraft Seating (Germany) are leading players in Aircraft Seating Market

Aircraft seating refers to different products or equipment installed in aircraft seats that are directly or indirectly used by passengers and crew to enhance the flying experience. The products used vary with respect to the type as well as class of the aircraft. Aircraft seats are also defined based on the passenger comfort and their costs. The seats are often equipped with either mechanical or electrical reclining mechanism to increase passenger comfort. The mechanically reclining aircraft seats are installed in economy class of short-haul flights, while electrically reclining aircraft seats are installed in the first and business classes of long-haul flights. Typically, these seats are designed taking their weight into consideration as it impacts the overall aircraft fuel efficiency.

The aircraft seating market is projected to grow from USD 6.4 billion in 2018 to USD 10.5 billion by 2025, at a CAGR of 7.25% during the forecast period from 2018 to 2025. The growth of this market can be attributed to the increasing number of aircraft orders and maintenance & retrofitting of existing aircraft. Moreover, airlines focus on enhancing customer experience and, as such, are investing in the maintenance of their existing aircraft fleets.

Zodiac Aerospace-Safran (France), B/E Aerospace-Rockwell Collins, Inc. (US), Geven S.p.A. (Italy), RECARO Aircraft Seating (Germany), HAECO Americas (US), Lufthansa Technik (Germany), and Stelia Aerospace (France) are among the key players in the aircraft seating market. These players have been focusing on securing contracts from airlines as well as undertaking partnerships and mergers & acquisitions to enhance their position in the market. The core competencies of these market players include their broad geographical presence and increased investments in R&D activities to develop new and innovative products for aircraft interiors.

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B/E Aerospace (Rockwell Collins) accounted for the major share of the aircraft seating market in 2017. The company, with a strong presence in the European and North American regions, has a good breadth of offerings, well-established delivery and support networks, and excellent product distribution networks. It offers aircraft seating, aircraft galleys, in-flight entertainment & connectivity systems, and aircraft cabin lightings. In August 2018, Rockwell Collins’ MiQ seating platform was chosen by Turkish Airlines for the business class cabin of its new fleet of medium-haul, single-aisle aircraft (92 Airbus A321neo and 77 Boeing 737 MAX). In November 2018, Rockwell Collins was acquired by UTC, which is another leading company in the market, thereby resulting in the formation of Collins Aerospace.

Zodiac Aerospace (Safran) is a key player in the aircraft seating market. The company also has a strong presence in the North American and European regions and offers aircraft seats for all seat classes in NBA, WBA, VLA, and now RTA as well. Apart from aircraft seats, the company also offers products such as aircraft lavatories, aircraft galleys, aircraft cabin lightings, aircraft stowage bins, aircraft windows & windshields, aircraft interior panels, and in-flight entertainment & connectivity systems. The company majorly deals in aircraft seating and, as such, has received contracts from major airlines, such as Singapore Airlines. In 2017, Zodiac Aerospace and the China-based Sichuan Haite High Tech entered into a long-term agreement to provide localized repair services for technical seats to China-based airline operators.

RECARO Aircraft Seating (Germany) specializes in economy class aircraft seating and is the third-largest supplier of aircraft seats. The company provides a wide range of products, which adhere to the finest quality standards and utilize cutting-edge technologies for economy class seats. In August 2018, the company was awarded a contract by Skymark Airlines to provide 177 BL3530 short-haul seats for three Boeing 737-800 aircraft. In the same month, Air China awarded RECARO Aircraft Seating a contract to provide seats for 10 new Airbus A350 aircraft. This Chinese flag carrier is the first operator of the A350 in Mainland China.

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Aircraft Seating Market by Class (Business, First, Premium Economy, and Economy), Type (9G and 16G), End Use (OEM, Aftermarket, and MRO), Aircraft Type (NBA, WBA, VLA, RTA and Business Jets), Materials, Components, and Region - Global Forecast to 2025

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