Aircraft Lavatory Systems Market size was valued at over USD 253.9 million in 2020 and is expected to grow at a CAGR of 7.1% from 2021 to 2027. Establishment of infrastructure to support air travel coupled with increasing orders of commercial aircraft will present promising outlook for the industry.
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Aircraft lavatory systems are systems designed and incorporated in aircrafts and are varied in technology relative to general use lavatory systems. The system is experiencing surge in demand owing to several contributory factors ranging from increasing demand for commercial air travel and advancement in technology, enhancing product capability. Consumers are increasingly preferring hygienic and comfortable travel, encouraging airlines to incorporate more advance systems and is increasingly becoming a key considerable factor is measuring customer experience.
From a business standpoint commercial and private owner are also preferring advance systems to significantly reduce the downtime in scheduled flights. Passenger air travel generally involves very high competition and to increase the competitiveness, reducing downtime between flights is essential to boost profitability, therefore advanced lavatory systems are preferred in newer generation airliners.
COVID-19 had a devastating impact on aircraft lavatory systems market attributed to the massive dip in commercial air travel and uncertainty regarding future air travel. The contagious nature of the virus has forced governments across the globe to reevaluate their guidelines resulting in stringent lockdowns and even creation of containment zones in an attempt to stop the virus from spreading. Suspending air travel was the earliest moves taken by several government so as to reduce the risk of spread, resulting in massive reduction in air travel. Some commercial players have also delayed their aircraft purchase and even some cancelled their existing orders, which created uncertainty regarding the demand for lavatory systems. However, with establishment of government SOPs and guidelines, the travel is poised to resume in limited capability, providing potentially for future air travel.
Commercial aircraft segment in the aircraft lavatory systems market will reach around USD 320 million by 2027. Apart from large existing fleet of commercial aircrafts, increasing backlog orders from mainstream manufacturing companies like Boeing and Airbus has also showcased that there is strong demand from commercial airlines operating at passenger capacity.
In commercial segment, narrow body aircrafts dominated the segment. Narrow body aircrafts are increasingly becoming more capable through improved operating efficiency and fuel mileage. Booming domestic travel is also another contributory factor resulting the lavatory systems demand din narrow body. However, wide body aircrafts are also incrementally increasing their popularity amongst international airline operators. Lavatory systems have high potential in wide body aircrafts as there are roughly more lavatory systems incorporated owing to two aisle configurations.
Recirculating type will hold 20% of the aircraft lavatory systems market share by 2027 on account of the simple operating mechanism and its installation in older aircrafts. Some of the advantages of recirculating aircrafts include its quitter operation and simplistic operation of function. It is also easier to install in airplanes and is typically less pricy compared to vacuum based systems which are typically more complex in operational nature and function. Water based flus operation also results in cleaner flush operation, dubbing it more hygienic system.
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OEM aircraft lavatory systems market accounted for USD 185 million in 2020. As many OEM companies are engaged in acquisition and expansion of operations, some companies are establishing their own manufacturing operations for several of its components and parts. One example being Boeing with their own lavatory systems and lavatory solutions. As companies are realizing the benefit of upstream and downstream supply chain control, the organizations are increasingly interested in establishing their own supply chain network for parts and components. Additionally, COVID-19 pandemic has further fueled this trend and accelerated the process of incorporating the value chain into the company
The manufactures also gains control of the R&D process of the component, which in the end also enable them to design bespoke and tailored solutions for their products and their customers while militating the costs for supply to other manufacturers.
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Asia Pacific aircraft lavatory systems market led by China will expand at over 7.5% CAGR through 2027. Growth in middle-class passenger traffic starting with the domestic market and then to long haul flights will increase the aircraft demand and subsequentially support the industry expansion. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), China can surpass the U.S. as the world’s largest travel market by the next decade. The country is expected to be the key driver for the product demand in the APAC region.
Europe aircraft lavatory systems market is amongst the largest consumers and producers of aircraft lavatory systems. Europe is home to one of the largest companies in lavatory systems market with presence of many OEM and MRO players. The region is home to one of the largest commercial aircraft manufacturer Airbus, which holds the significant market share in global aircraft market. Supportive initiatives from the government coupled with increasing mergers and acquisition activities in regional aerospace industry to fuel demand for aircraft lavatory systems.
Aircraft lavatory systems market is highly competitive. Advancement in component technology coupled with competitive pricing plays vital role in gaining revenue share. The important players operating in industry include
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