The commercial aircraft collision avoidance system market is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 3% during the forecast period.
- The enhanced safety regulations by the aviation regulatory authorities have necessitated the adoption of advanced collision avoidance systems on the existing fleet of commercial aircraft. As per the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) Annex 10, Version 7.1 TCAS software was mandated to be installed on new aircraft by January 2014 and on all existing aircraft by January 2017. TCAS II is mandated by the US for commercial aircraft, including regional aircraft, with more than 30 seats or a maximum takeoff weight greater than 33,000 lbs.
- The rapid increase in global passenger traffic has encouraged airline operators to initiate procurement drives and place firm orders for new-generation aircraft. Since the installation of a collision-avoidance system is mandated as per the ICAO regulations, new aircraft deliveries may drive the prospects of line-fit installation of such equipment.
Key Market Trends
Narrow-body Aircraft Segment to Register High Growth Rate During the Forecast Period
The 38.8% increase in global passenger traffic between 2013 and 2018 has driven airline operators to initiate procurement drives and place firm orders for new aircraft. In 2019, the global air traffic increased by 4.2%, and around 1,385 commercial aircraft were delivered to several airline operators across the globe. The growth of air passenger traffic is also supplemented by the emergence of the low-cost carrier (LCC) business model, wherein the primary focus of airline operators is on catering to more customers at a minimal cost per mile per passenger. The typical cost-saving practices of LCCs have promoted the adoption of a single aircraft type, generally, a narrow-body aircraft to minimize operational costs and earn maximum revenues by stimulating traffic through competitive pricing strategies. In June 2019, Virgin Atlantic ordered 14 Airbus A330-900neo aircraft and further ordered 36 A321 XLR, and in the same month, American Airlines Group Inc. ordered 50 Airbus A321XLR.
In August 2019, ACSS announced a contract extension with Airbus, selecting the T3CAS integrated solution as the standard line-fit solution for the A320 family of aircraft. ACSS, a joint venture of L3 Harris Technologies and Thales Group, provides CAS and T3CAS traffic management computer onboard the Airbus A320 family of aircraft.
North America to Dominate the Market During the Forecast Period
North America is anticipated to dominate the market during the forecast period. In North America, the United States is expected to register a high CAGR. The US aerospace industry is mature and strongly supported by robust aviation infrastructure. The presence of a highly vigilant aviation regulatory agency, the FAA, which actively participates in the formulation and update of applicable regulations for civil and commercial aviation, has driven the adoption of mandated safety measures, such as the integration of CAS onboard every aircraft originating or operating in the US airspace. The growing air traffic has resulted in the procurement of more aircraft by many regional and international airline operators in the region. Boeing, one of the major aircraft OEMs based in the United States, generates a huge demand for aircraft collision avoidance systems. As OEMs receive new orders for aircraft, the demand is simultaneously generated for commercial aircraft collision avoidance systems, as the FAA mandates the installation of collision systems in all active aircraft.
The commercial aircraft collision avoidance system market is a highly consolidated market. Some of the major players dominating the market are Thales Group, L3Harris Technologies Inc., Honeywell International Inc., BAE Systems PLC, and Garmin Ltd. The manufacturers of commercial aircraft collisions avoidance systems are investing in the development and integration of advanced features to complement or enhance their performance characteristics, including safety.
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