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Global Aircraft Thrust Reverser Actuation Systems Market Size and Share Analysis 2023-2028
The aircraft thrust reverser actuation systems market is projected to experience a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.72% during the forecast period.
A thrust reverser is an integral part of the nacelle system and is designed to enable rapid deceleration during landing by redirecting the engine fan’s airflow, creating additional drag. By deploying a thrust reverser, wear on the brakes can be reduced, and safe landings on short airstrips can be facilitated.
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USD 2.6 billion in 2021
Platform, Mechanism, and Geography
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The COVID-19 pandemic had a detrimental impact on the aircraft thrust reverser actuation systems market. Flight suspensions and global lockdowns implemented to contain the virus significantly disrupted both supply and demand worldwide. However, with the lifting of lockdown restrictions, there has been a significant rebound in air travel demand, prompting airlines to pursue fleet expansion and modernization endeavors.
While certain supply chain challenges persist and affect the aircraft thrust reverser actuation systems market, it is anticipated to grow in alignment with the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) and aftermarket demand for such systems. Additionally, the emerging emission regulation landscape is expected to drive investments in electronic thrust actuation systems. Presently, the most prevalent types of thrust reversal systems used in jet engines are target, clam-shell, and cold stream systems.
The increasing adoption of additive manufacturing technologies is also expected to have a profound impact on the market. This technology has the potential to lower production and maintenance costs for critical components of aircraft thrust actuation systems.
The market is segmented based on various factors, including platform, mechanism, and geography.
Segmentation by Platform
Segmentation by Mechanism
Segmentation by Geography
North America – United States, Canada
Europe – United Kingdom, France, Germany, Russia, Rest of Europe
Asia-Pacific – China, India, Japan, Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America – Mexico, Brazil, Rest of Latin America
Middle East and Africa – Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Rest of Middle East and Africa
The growth of business aviation in the past decade has been driven by an increase in the number of high-net-worth individuals (HNWIs). Additionally, the popularity of fractional ownership programs and the rising demand for air charter services have contributed to the higher demand for business jets. This increased profitability has also attracted airlines to operate charter services and has facilitated the entry of new market players in the business aviation sector. For example, Norwegian carrier Flyr announced in January 2023 its plans to begin operating charter services from May 2023.
The market features several prominent business jets such as the Boeing Business Jet B777X, Boeing B787 Dreamliner, Bombardier Global 7500, Cessna Citation Longitude, Cessna Citation Sovereign, Dassault Falcon 8X, Dassault Falcon 7X, Embraer Phenom 300F, Gulfstream G500, and Gulfstream G650, among others.
In terms of specific aircraft models, the Gulfstream G550 and Gulfstream G500 aircraft are equipped with target-type thrust reversers provided by Safran SA and are powered by two Rolls-Royce plc’s BR710 engines. Both aircraft feature hydraulic thrust reverser actuation systems. Woodward Inc. offers thrust reverser actuation systems for the Gulfstream G450 and Gulfstream G500/550 aircraft. The Falcon 7X, on the other hand, has three engines, with the thrust reverser located in the center engine and employing a hydraulic actuation system. Since its entry into service in 2007, the Falcon 7X has been operated in over 40 countries.
Initially, Smiths Aerospace was selected to provide the hydraulic thrust reverser actuation system. Additionally, in August 2022, Bombardier Inc. announced receiving an order for the Challenger 3500 business jet from Air Corporate SRL for charter services. This marked the first order for the aircraft from the European region since its launch.
Overall, the positive market outlook is driven by the increase in disposable resources of HNWIs, the proliferation of fractional ownership programs, and the rising demand for air charter services. This is expected to fuel market growth during the forecast period.
During the last decade, China has experienced a significant increase in air passenger traffic, with projections indicating that it may surpass the United States to become the largest aviation market. The continuous development of airport infrastructure and expansion of air networks have fueled the demand for new aircraft to accommodate new routes.
Similarly, India is expected to witness high domestic air passenger traffic, prompting airlines to adopt ambitious expansion plans and resulting in a strong recovery of the Indian aviation sector during the forecast period. The country’s growth is further supported by new aircraft orders from airlines, creating a high-growth scenario.
In the first half of 2022, the Japanese aviation industry showed signs of recovery in line with other domestic markets, although global recovery lagged behind compared to other countries in the region. Other major markets in the Asia-Pacific region include Australia, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia, among others. Positive economic conditions and government support are key factors contributing to the affordability and demand for aircraft thrust reverser actuation systems in this region.
Triumph Group, Woodward Inc, Parker Hannifin Corporation, Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd., and Arkwin Industries Inc. are among the prominent players in the commercial aircraft leasing market. These companies have strategically expanded their operations in different regions to offer flexible manufacturing options for aircraft thrust reverser actuation systems. This enables them to efficiently produce and supply these systems to system integrators, aircraft original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), and maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) providers at a lower cost. The market’s attractiveness is expected to grow as it aligns with the recovery of the global aviation industry. The demand for such systems will arise from both OEMs and MRO channels, further fueling the market’s growth.
Key companies profiled in this report include Woodward Inc., Arkwin Industries Inc. (TransDigm Group Inc.), Honeywell International Inc., Safran SA, Collins Aerospace (Raytheon Technologies Corporation), Triumph Group, Parker Hannifin Corporation, Diakont, Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd., The NORDAM Group LLC, Spirit AeroSystems Inc.
Recent Industry Developments
In January 2023, TAP Air Portugal, a carrier based in Lisbon, announced its plans to expand its route network for the upcoming summer of 2023. This expansion includes the addition of new destinations and increased frequencies from its Porto base. TAP Air Portugal had already bolstered its fleet to 100 aircraft by May 2019 and has further plans to acquire 71 additional aircraft by 2025. The new orders consist of 21 A330neos, 19 A320neos, 17 A321neos, and 14 A321LR aircraft.
In December 2022, United Airlines, one of the prominent airlines in the country, placed an order for 200 new widebody planes from Boeing. The delivery of these aircraft is expected to take place between 2024 and 2032. United Airlines has the flexibility to choose from Boeing’s B787-8, B787-9, or B787-10 models, enabling them to support a diverse range of routes.
In February 2022, American Airlines signed a purchase agreement with Boeing to acquire 30 new B737 Max 8 jets. The delivery of these jets is scheduled with 15 aircraft arriving in 2023 and the remaining 15 in 2024.
Key Questions Answered
What is the study period of this market?
The Aircraft Thrust Reverser Actuation Systems Market is studied from 2018 – 2028.
What is the growth rate of Aircraft Thrust Reverser Actuation Systems Market?
The Aircraft Thrust Reverser Actuation Systems Market is growing at a CAGR of 8.72% over the next 5 years.
What is Aircraft Thrust Reverser Actuation Systems Market size in 2018?
The Aircraft Thrust Reverser Actuation Systems Market is valued at 2 Billion USD in 2018.
What is Aircraft Thrust Reverser Actuation Systems Market size in 2028?
The Aircraft Thrust Reverser Actuation Systems Market is valued at 8 Billion USD in 2028.
Which region has highest growth rate in Aircraft Thrust Reverser Actuation Systems Market?
Asia-Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2023 – 2028.
Which region has largest share in Aircraft Thrust Reverser Actuation Systems Market?
Middle East and Africa holds highest share in 2022.
Who are the key players in Aircraft Thrust Reverser Actuation Systems Market?
Triumph Group, Woodward Inc, Parker Hannifin Corporation, Arkwin Industries inc, Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd are the major companies operating in Aircraft Thrust Reverser Actuation Systems Market.