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Aircraft Transparencies Market - By Aircraft Type (Military Aviation, Commercial Aviation, Business & General Aviation, Advanced Air Mobility), By Coating Type (Gold, Polyurethane, Bismuth Oxide), By Material, By Application, By End-use Industry, Forecast, 2023 - 2032

  • Report ID: GMI7033
  • Published Date: Oct 2023
  • Report Format: PDF

Aircraft Transparencies Industry Analysis

Aircraft Transparencies Market size was valued at USD 1.4 billion in 2022 and is anticipated to grow at a CAGR of over 5% between 2023 and 2032. As airlines, military, and commercial operators are investing in the expansion of their fleets, there is a heightened need for advanced & durable transparencies such as windows, windshields, and canopies. These components play a critical role in ensuring safety, visibility, and aerodynamics.

Aircraft Transparencies Market

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Modern aircraft designs increasingly incorporate larger, more complex, and technologically advanced transparencies, especially in next-generation aircraft such as Boeing 787 and Airbus A350. The advanced transparencies offer improved structural integrity, resistance to environmental factors, and enhanced optical clarity. As the aviation industry is evolving and expanding, the demand for high-quality transparencies is expected to grow further. For instance, in February 2023, GKN Aerospace launched an 80,000-square-foot expansion of its Chihuahua facility (in Mexico) to meet the demands for advanced, complex composite manufacturing and assembly for the business jet industry in the future.

The aerospace industry demands strict adherence to safety and quality standards, leading to complex and time-consuming certification processes for new materials and designs. The specialized materials and processes required for aircraft transparencies can be limited in capacity and subject to rigorous testing, further extending the production times. The technological advancements and regulations often result in design changes and re-certifications, further delaying the process. Long lead times for components can disrupt supply chains and make it challenging to meet production schedules, potentially affecting aircraft manufacturing timelines.

COVID-19 Impact

The COVID-19 pandemic had significant impacts on the aircraft transparencies market. With a severe decline in air travel, airlines reduced their fleets and deferred maintenance, affecting the replacement demand for transparencies. Aircraft manufacturers also scaled back production, leading to reduced orders and production for new aircraft, which impacted the demand for new transparencies. Disruptions in the supply chain and manufacturing caused delays. Despite these challenges, the need for safe air travel persisted. As the industry slowly recovered, the market adapted by focusing on maintenance and retrofitting to replace the aging & damaged transparencies, showing resilience during the crisis.

Aircraft Transparencies Market Trends

The commercial aviation sector has been a major growth driver of the market. With the growth of air travel and the expansion of global airline fleets, there has been a significant demand for windows and transparencies in passenger cabins. This trend has been bolstered by the growing middle-class populations in the emerging markets, leading to increased air travel and higher expectations for passenger comfort.

Environmental considerations have been influencing the market. Manufacturers are exploring sustainable materials and production processes to reduce the carbon footprint of aircraft transparency manufacturing. This includes the development of eco-friendly materials and recycling programs for end-of-life transparencies. As the aviation industry faces increasing pressure to reduce its environmental impacts, the adoption of sustainable materials and practices in the market has been a notable trend, aligning with broader industry sustainability initiatives.

Aircraft Transparencies Market Analysis

Aircraft Transparencies Market Size, By Aircraft Type, 2021-2032, (USD Million)

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Based on aircraft type, the market is segmented into military aviation, commercial aviation, business & general aviation, and Advanced Air Mobility (AAM). The advanced air mobility segment dominated the global market with a share of over 15% in 2022.


  • AAM vehicles, such as Electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing aircraft (eVTOLs), air taxis, and urban air mobility platforms, feature more windows to provide panoramic views for passengers. The demand for more extensive and innovative window designs creates opportunities for the manufacturers of specialized, advanced transparencies.
  • AAM aircraft emphasizes lightweight construction to maximize efficiency and payload capacity. Manufacturers of transparencies are developing advanced materials that are lightweight and durable, meeting the unique requirements of these electric and hybrid propulsion vehicles. AAM is a rapidly growing sector within the aviation industry. As it expands, the demand for specialized, advanced transparencies tailored to the unique needs of the aircraft will also increase.


Aircraft Transparencies Market Share, By Material, 2022, (%)

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Based on material, the aircraft transparencies market is divided into glass, acrylic, and polycarbonate. The glass segment is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 6% by 2032.

  • As glass offers excellent durability and resistance to scratches and abrasions, it is a preferred choice for cockpit windows and other critical areas of aircraft. Its robustness ensures long-term performance, reducing the maintenance and replacement costs. During an impact or extreme conditions, glass can be designed to shatter into small, less harmful fragments rather than splintering into sharp pieces. This enhances passenger safety during window breakage.
  • Glass can withstand high temperatures and is suitable for use in the areas of aircraft exposed to heat such as engine and exhaust areas. As glass transparencies can be coated with advanced materials, including anti-icing coatings, anti-fog coatings, and UV protection to improve performance, they are versatile for aircraft applications.


U.S. Aircraft Transparencies Market Size, 2021-2032, (USD Million)

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North America dominated the global aircraft transparencies market with a share of over 30% in 2022. The region is a hub for commercial aviation with a significant presence of the major airlines and aircraft manufacturers. The increased demand for passenger aircraft and cabin upgrades is driving the requirement for high-quality transparencies. North America boasts a robust military aviation sector, where military-grade transparencies are crucial for various applications. Technological advancements and innovations in transparency materials have also contributed to market progress. As the region prioritizes sustainability, the development of eco-friendly materials aligns with environmental regulations, further propelling the market trends.

Aircraft Transparencies Market Share

The market players focus on implementing different growth strategies to strengthen their offerings and expand market reach. These strategies involve new product development & launches, partnerships & collaborations, mergers & acquisitions, and customer retention. The players also heavily invest in R&D to introduce innovative and technologically-advanced solutions in the market. The major players operating in the aircraft transparencies industry are:

  • General Electric Company
  • Gentex Corporation
  • GKN Aerospace
  • Llamas Plastics Inc.
  • PPG Industries Inc.
  • Saint-Gobain
  • Spartech, Nordam

Aircraft Transparencies Industry News

  • In October 2022, GKN Aerospace acquired Permanova Lasersystem AB, based in Gothenburg, Sweden. The acquisition was a part of GKN’s Engines business aimed at transforming its supply chain and offering more sustainable & advanced material solutions.
  • In December 2020, Aerostructures and GKN Aerospace, an engine parts supplier, signed a joint venture agreement with Comac and AVIC to manufacture composite and metallic aerostructures in China.

The aircraft transparencies market research report includes in-depth coverage of the industry with estimates & forecast in terms of revenue (USD billion) from 2018 to 2032 for the following segments:

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By Aircraft Type, 2018 – 2032

  • Military Aviation
  • Commercial Aviation
  • Business & General Aviation
  • Advanced Air Mobility

By Coating Type, 2018 – 2032

  • Gold
  • Polyurethane
  • Bismuth Oxide
  • Indium Tin Oxide

By Material, 2018 – 2032

  • Glass
  • Acrylic
  • Polycarbonate

By Application, 2018 – 2032

  • Windshields
  • Windows
  • Canopies
  • Chin Bubbles
  • Landing Lights & Wingtip Lenses
  • Cabin Interiors
  • Skylights

By End-use Industry, 2018 - 2032

  • OEM
  • Aftermarket

The above information is provided for the following regions and countries:

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • UK
    • France
    • Italy
    • Spain
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • ANZ
    • Rest of Asia Pacific 
  • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Mexico
    • Rest of Latin America
  • MEA
    • UAE
    • Saudi Arabia
    • South Africa
    • Rest of MEA


Authors: Suraj Gujar, Deeksha Vishwakarma

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) :

Aircraft transparencies industry was worth USD 1.4 billion in 2022 and is poised to expand at over 5% CAGR from 2023 and 2032 driven by the increasing investments by airlines, military, and commercial operators for the expansion of their fleets.

The advanced air mobility segment accounted for more than 15% share of the market in 2022 and is estimated to witness significant growth through 2032 owing to the rising demand for more extensive and innovative window designs.

North America accounted for more than 30% of the aircraft transparencies industry revenue share in 2022 and is estimated to expand at robust growth rate through 2032 owing to the significant presence of the major airlines and aircraft manufacturers.

Some of the major aircraft transparencies industry players are General Electric Company, Gentex Corporation, GKN Aerospace, Llamas Plastics Inc., PPG Industries Inc., Saint-Gobain, Spartech, and Nordam.

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  • Base Year: 2022
  • Companies covered: 15
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