After emerging from the global economic downturn, the airlines industry is dusting the cobwebs off and restructuring their operating fleet with new aircraft purchases and retrofit programs. This aggressive expansion strategy has opened up a plethora of opportunities for the commercial aircraft cabin interior market.
New analysis from Frost & Sullivan (aerospace.frost.com), Global Commercial Aviation Cabin Interiors Market Assessment, finds that the market earned revenues of $4.48 billion in 2010 and estimates this to amount to $10.28 billion by 2020. Between 2011 and 2017, the market is likely to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.6 per cent.
With the number of commercial aircraft expected to double by 2020, both the forward fits and retrofit markets for aircraft cabin interior products will skyrocket.
The biggest contributors to the overall market will be Asia Pacific, China, India and the Middle East, which are expected to account for 44.2 per cent of total market revenues by 2020. These regions have already generated substantial orders for new aircraft, and the C919 program has further intensified cabin interiors manufacturers' focus on this region.
Apart from fleet expansion, cabin interior manufacturers can also take heart from the rise in fuel prices, which is spawning demand for lighter cabin interiors.
"High fuel costs and new environmental fees are escalating the demand for lighter and space-saving interiors, to cut fuel consumption and carbon emissions per passenger," says Frost & Sullivan Industry Analyst Monika Trappmann. "Airlines are hoping to achieve operational cost savings and long-term profits through lighter cabins."
These savings will persuade airlines to do away with capacity cuts to stay profitable. In fact, the new interiors could increase capacity and passenger comfort. Participants stand to gain considerable market share if their products' lightweight feature is combined with high levels of reliability and after-sale support for airlines.
"The growing demand for cabin customisation and increased passenger comfort is a huge boost to the retrofit market," notes Trappmann. "Airlines are willing to invest significantly to change their aircraft's interiors for a customised appearance, and particularly to provide their business and first-class passengers with additional comfort."
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