Aircraft Manufacturing Market Size - By Product (Gliders, Helicopters, Ultra-Light, Passenger, Unmanned aerial vehicles & drones, Blimps (Airship)), By Application (Military & defense, Civil, Commercial (Freight)) & Region – Forecasts By 2031

  • 1970-01-01
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  • Aerospace & Defense

Market Overview

The global Aircraft Manufacturing market was valued at USD 423.51 million in 2022 and expected to grow at a CAGR of 3.4% during the forecast period. Aircraft manufacturing is the process of designing, building, testing, and delivering aircraft for commercial, military, or private use. The process involves a wide range of activities, including engineering design, material selection, manufacturing, testing, and certification.

The aircraft manufacturing industry is a highly complex and technologically advanced industry that requires significant investment in research and development, as well as highly skilled labor. The industry is dominated by a small number of large companies, including Boeing, Airbus, and Lockheed Martin, which together account for the majority of the global market share.

Aircraft manufacturing is a highly regulated industry, with strict safety and certification requirements enforced by international bodies such as the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) and national regulatory authorities such as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in the United States and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) in Europe.

The aircraft manufacturing process involves a number of stages, including design and development, testing and certification, and production and delivery. The design and development stage involves the creation of 3D models and virtual simulations, followed by physical testing of prototype aircraft. The testing and certification stage involves rigorous testing of the aircraft to ensure compliance with safety and regulatory requirements. The production and delivery stage involves the manufacture of aircraft components and assembly of the final product, followed by delivery to customers.

The aircraft manufacturing industry is highly competitive, with companies competing on factors such as price, quality, and innovation. The industry is also highly influenced by economic and geopolitical factors, such as changes in fuel prices, trade policies, and government funding for military programs. Overall, the aircraft manufacturing industry plays a critical role in the global economy and in shaping the future of transportation.

The growth in air travel demand drives the demand for new aircraft, as airlines seek to expand their fleets and replace older aircraft with more fuel-efficient models.

Aircraft manufacturers are constantly developing new technologies to improve aircraft performance, fuel efficiency, and passenger comfort. Advancements in materials, propulsion systems, avionics, and aerodynamics are driving innovation in aircraft manufacturing.

Governments around the world regulate the aircraft industry to ensure safety, security, and environmental sustainability. Manufacturers must comply with regulations related to aircraft design, production, and operation, as well as emissions and noise standards.

Economic downturns can lead to reduced air travel demand and lower orders for new aircraft. This can create financial pressure for aircraft manufacturers, leading to reduced production, job cuts, and delays in new product development.

Political instability, trade tensions, and global conflicts can disrupt supply chains and create uncertainty in the aircraft manufacturing industry. Changes in government policies or regulations can also affect the industry's profitability and growth prospects.

Report Scope

Report Attributes


Market Size in 2023

USD 423 Billion

Market Forecast in 2031

USD 563 Billion

CAGR % 2023-2031


Base Year


Historic Data


Forecast Period


Report USP

Production, Consumption, company share, company heatmap, company production capacity, growth factors and more

Segments Covered

By Product (Gliders, Helicopters, Ultra-Light, Passenger, Unmanned aerial vehicles & drones, Blimps (Airship)), By Application (Military & defense, Civil, Commercial (Freight))

Regional Scope

North America, Europe, APAC, South America and Middle East and Africa

Country Scope

U.S.; Canada; U.K.; Germany; France; Italy; Spain; Benelux; Nordic Countries; Russia; China; India; Japan; South Korea; Australia; Indonesia; Thailand; Mexico; Brazil; Argentina; Saudi Arabia; UAE; Egypt; South Africa; Nigeria

Key Companies

Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Cessna Aircraft Company, COMAC, Dassault Falcon, Embraer, Gulfstream Aerospace, Hawker Beechcraft Corp., Honeywell, Piaggio America Inc., Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd, Safran Group, and United Aircraft Corporation.



Impact of COVID

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the aircraft manufacturing industry. The pandemic caused a sharp drop in air travel demand, leading to a decrease in orders for new aircraft and delays in delivery of existing orders. As a result, many aircraft manufacturers have been forced to scale back production, reduce their workforce, and seek government support.

The pandemic has affected different segments of the aircraft manufacturing industry in different ways. Commercial aircraft manufacturers such as Boeing and Airbus have been hit particularly hard, with airlines cancelling or deferring orders for new aircraft due to the uncertainty surrounding the pandemic. This has resulted in reduced revenues, losses, and in some cases, job cuts. In addition, the pandemic has disrupted supply chains, making it more difficult for manufacturers to source critical components and materials.

On the other hand, the military aircraft manufacturing sector has been less impacted by the pandemic, as defense spending has remained relatively stable. Many military aircraft manufacturers have continued production with minimal disruption, although there have been some delays due to supply chain disruptions and staffing issues.

In response to the pandemic, many aircraft manufacturers have implemented new health and safety protocols to protect their workers and ensure business continuity. They have also accelerated digitalization and automation efforts to improve productivity and reduce costs.

Overall, the COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the aircraft manufacturing industry, and its effects are likely to be felt for several years to come. The extent of the long-term impact will depend on factors such as the duration and severity of the pandemic, the pace of economic recovery, and changes in travel patterns and consumer behavior.

Product insights

Gliders: Gliders are aircraft that are designed to fly without an engine. They rely on gravity and air currents to stay aloft. They are typically used for recreation or sport, but can also be used for military or scientific purposes.

Helicopters: Helicopters are rotary-wing aircraft that are capable of vertical takeoff and landing (VTOL). They are used for a wide range of purposes, including transportation, emergency medical services, search and rescue, and military operations.

Ultra-Light: Ultralight aircraft are small, lightweight airplanes that are designed to be easy to fly and relatively inexpensive to operate. They are typically used for recreational purposes, such as sightseeing or aerobatics.

Passenger: Passenger aircraft are designed to transport large numbers of people over long distances. They come in a variety of sizes, from regional jets that seat fewer than 100 passengers to wide-body airliners that can carry more than 500 passengers.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles & Drones: Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), also known as drones, are aircraft that are controlled remotely or fly autonomously. They are used for a wide range of purposes, including military reconnaissance, surveying, and aerial photography.

Blimps (Airship): Blimps, also known as airships, are lighter-than-air aircraft that are filled with a gas, such as helium or hydrogen. They are typically used for advertising or promotional purposes, but can also be used for surveillance or scientific research.

Application Insights

Military & Defense: Military and defense aircraft are designed for use by the armed forces of a country. They are used for a variety of purposes, including reconnaissance, surveillance, transport of troops and equipment, and combat.

Civil: Civil aircraft are designed for use by civilian operators, including airlines, corporations, and individuals. They are used for a variety of purposes, including commercial transportation, business travel, and private recreation.

Commercial (Freight): Commercial freight aircraft are designed for the transportation of cargo. They are used by airlines and logistics companies to transport goods around the world.

Regional Insights

North America: North America is the largest market for aircraft manufacturing, with major players such as Boeing and Bombardier based in the United States and Canada. The region has a highly developed aviation infrastructure and is home to many airlines, making it a major market for both commercial and military aircraft.

Europe: Europe is also a significant market for aircraft manufacturing, with major players such as Airbus, Leonardo, and Safran based in the region. The region has a highly skilled workforce and a long history of aircraft manufacturing, making it a major center for innovation in the industry.

Asia-Pacific: The Asia-Pacific region is a rapidly growing market for aircraft manufacturing, with major players such as Mitsubishi, COMAC, and HAL based in the region. The region has seen significant growth in air travel demand, driven by rising incomes and increasing urbanization.

Middle East & Africa: The Middle East and Africa are emerging markets for aircraft manufacturing, with major players such as Emirates and Etihad Airways based in the region. The region has seen significant investment in airport infrastructure and is home to a growing number of airlines.

Latin America: Latin America is a small but growing market for aircraft manufacturing, with major players such as Embraer based in the region. The region has a growing middle class and a significant demand for regional air travel.

Competitive Analysis

Some of the major companies operating within the market are Airbus, Boeing, Bombardier, Cessna Aircraft Company, COMAC, Dassault Falcon, Embraer, Gulfstream Aerospace, Hawker Beechcraft Corp., Honeywell, Piaggio America Inc., Pilatus Business Aircraft Ltd, Safran Group, and United Aircraft Corporation.

Recent News

·         In September 2021, the GOI approved the request for “56 C295 transport aircraft” from Airbus, under this, over 40 military aircraft to be manufactured by the Tata Group. Additionally, the growing manufacturing abilities of the manufacturers are estimated to drive the growth of the market.

·         In April 2021, Korea announced the first prototype of KF-21 fighter aircraft that was developed in a partnership with Indonesia.



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The report provides an in depth analysis from both production and consumption point of view at the regional and country level. Key Factors considered within the report scope are Production capacity by countries/regions, average price, consumption ratio, revenue earned and gross margin.

The report provides competitive analysis of around 30-50 companies operated in the market, these companies are bifurcated into niche players, the leaders and major contenders. The companies are analyzed in terms of following factors such as:

§  Business Model

§  Production Capacity, Revenue, Sales, Gross Margin

§  Key Business Strategy

§  SWOT Analysis

In terms of competitive landscape, the report provides distinctive factors that would help the end user in taking a key decision within the business:

§  Company Share Analysis from 2018-2022

§  Company Analysis by Revenue and Sales

§  Company Production Capacity, Gross Margin

§  Company Share Analysis by Application/End Use

§  Company Share Analysis by Product/Specification



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