The market for business jets is anticipated to reach a CAGR of over 1% during the forecast period (2020-2025).
- Growth in tourism is generating demand for new business jets, as charter service providers are introducing new routes and are expanding their presence, globally.
- Technological advancements in avionic systems and interior cabin products are likely to support the growth of the business jet market.
- Growth in high net worth individuals is expected to generate demand for newer generation business jets.
- New product launches, expansion in emerging economies, and long-term agreements are some of the major strategies adopted by major business jet OEMs.
Key Market Trends
Growing Preference for Long Range Business Jets
Procurement of ultra-long-range jets (> 5000 Nm) is on a rise and currently holds a major share in the business jet market, globally. Some of the prominent aircraft models in this range are Gulfstream G650/650ER, Dassault’s Falcon 7X, and Boeing’s BBJ 777/787. Bombardier Business Aircraft, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation, and Textron Inc. are expected to have higher deliveries, with Dassault Aviation SA and Embraer Executive Jets following close behind. Bombardier, Gulfstream, and other major players offer seats with varying capacities, based on the types of business jets. As business jets are being utilized by sportspersons, government officials, tourists, business people, etc., seating capacity differs according to the requirements of the people hiring the jet. Business jets opted for by tourists and business class passengers are anticipated to have higher seating capacity, compared to others. Apart from domestic and commercial applications, country-specific military bases and civilian operators deploy business jets for long and short hauls. The COVID lockdown situation has reduced all flight activity globally, this is expected to impact both the charter services market as well as business jet procurement. As the crude oil prices fall and fuel costs dip, the demand for large jets may rise in the pre-owned aircraft market. Similarly fractional ownership of jets may also rise as owners try to avoid overhead costs and choose shared aircraft in view of the economic downturn and uncertainities of the market. Charter service operators are expected to see a sluggish market demand immediately post the lifting of travel bans while the demand will be higher for emergency medical transport and for bringing stranded citizens home from domestic and international locations where lockdown is expected to be lifted much later.
Middle-East and Africa Business Jet Market is Anticipated to Register the Highest CAGR During the Forecast Period
Presently, North America dominates the business jet market and is one of the premium markets for business jet operations. However, the market is beginning to saturate, which has shifted the focus of OEMs towards the Middle-East and Africa markets. The Middle-East and Africa business jet market is evolving with rising investments in general aviation airport infrastructures. Also, the growth in the number of high net worth individuals, particularly in the Middle-East, is turning the market into a lucrative one, for both the business jet service providers and the OEMs. Hence, the Middle-East and Africa business jet market is anticipated to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period.
The business jet market is highly competitive and consists of several major players. In terms of market share, few of the major players currently dominate the market. However, with technological advancement and product innovation, mid-size to smaller companies are increasing their market presence by securing new contracts and by tapping new markets. For instance, starting in 2018, Pilatus delivered the first of six PC-24s to its launch customer PlaneSense. The PC-24, also known as Super Versatile Jet, has a range of about 1,188 Nm. Likewise, Honda Aircraft Company introduced its HondaJet HA-420 with first delivery in 2016. By the end of October 2018, the company built over 90 aircraft.
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