The European commercial aircraft cabin interior market is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 4% during the forecast period.
- The increasing air passenger traffic in this region can be attributed to the procurement of new aircraft. Several orders placed by airlines increased the business prospects for various suppliers of aircraft interiors, as each airline modifies the interiors of aircraft as per customized themes.
- Also, airlines are investing in the modernization of their cabins (retrofit) to provide unique experiences to consumers during the journey. The provision of luxury and comfort to passengers with amenities, like comfortable seats with more leg space, high-speed internet connectivity, and ambient lighting throughout their fleet, is bolstering the demand in the commercial aircraft cabin interior market in Europe.
- The market of the commercial aircraft cabin interior is highly fragmented due to the presence of many manufacturers that provide a wide range of products, such as seats, in-seat power supplies, cabin lighting, flooring, curtains, and entertainment systems.
Key Market Trends
Inflight Entertainment Systems to Experience the Highest Demand During the Forecast Period
Currently, inflight entertainment systems may experience the highest growth in the market during the forecast period. This can be attributed to the rapid growth in the connectivity and entertainment services provided by the airlines to enhance the experience of passengers during their travel. The airlines are testing integrating new entertainment systems, such as VR and enhanced inflight retailing, to increase the ancillary revenues from providing paid content, advertisements, and e-commerce offerings. For instance, TAP Air Portugal selected Panasonic Avionics Corporation plans to provide inflight entertainment and connectivity (IFEC) solutions onboard 14 A321neo LR aircraft scheduled to be delivered during the forecast period. Also, airlines are introducing new content, depending on flight destinations, in order to cater to passengers’ demand. In May 2019, Inflight Dublin was selected by Ice Land Air and TUI Group to provide IFE content services. TUI Group owns five airlines that are operating in the UK, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, and the Nordic countries. Inflight Dublin will provide movies, television programs, and broadcasts in eight different languages to TUI Airlines. Also, the growth in the bring your own device (BYOD) concept has led to an increase in investments in high-speed internet connectivity on-board. To cater to this growing demand, in December 2019, Panasonic Avionics Corporation signed a multi-year agreement for Ku-band capacity on two multi-beam payloads on the EUTELSAT 10B satellites, due to be launched in 2022. This contract with Eutelsat Communications may enable Panasonic to provide multiple GHz of new extreme throughput Ku-band connectivity to airline passengers flying over Europe. Such factors are expected to propel the growth of this segment during the forecast period.
The Rest of the Europe Held the Market Highest Share in 2019
The Rest of Europe segment currently holds the highest market share in the European commercial aircraft cabin interior market. This can be attributed to the fleet modernization of airlines in the region, with the latest technological advancements. Most airline operators in Russia, Sweden, Switzerland, and Greece are keenly investing resources in integrating IFEC systems into their aircraft fleet. Some of the airlines in the region operate a fleet of old and aging aircraft, which means that there may be demand for the replacement of existing aircraft, as well as there may be demand for retrofit cabin interior components in the future. For instance, in January 2020, Swiss International Airlines Ltd, an airline-based company in Switzerland, completed the full cabin refurbishment program for its Airbus A340 aircraft. All the A340 aircraft in its fleet are equipped with a totally new cabin and a new inflight entertainment system. With the completion of the refurbishment program, the airline can provide internet connectivity for its passengers on board all its long-haul aircraft. Similarly, Aeroflot signed an agreement with Boeing in August 2019 at Moscow Air Show to upgrade the cabin interiors of its 18 Boeing 777-300ERs. Under the contract, Boeing Global Services is expected to change aircraft seats, add new lavatories, galleys, and entertainment systems, and onboard Wi-Fi to the B777-300ERs of the airline. Such modernization initiatives of the airlines in the region are expected to further help the market growth in the Rest of Europe in the years to come.
The prominent players in the market are Safran SA, Honeywell International Inc., Panasonic Corporation, Collins Aerospace, and Thales Group. The vendors in the market focus on the designing, engineering, and manufacturing of aesthetically pleasant and high-performance cabin interior systems. Therefore, the market is directly affected by economic factors and other trends that impact the aerospace industry, which include possible consolidation of the market through the backward integration activities of aircraft OEMs. The plans for fleet modernization (retrofit) of aging aircraft are anticipated to provide new market opportunities for the cabin interior manufacturers. For instance, in October 2019, Air France chose new and more spacious luggage compartments by Safran SA, which is Safran Cabin's latest ECOS luggage compartments, to equip its Airbus A320 fleet. The ECOS "Efficient Cabin Open Space" system offers up to 60% more storage capacity than the luggage racks that were previously available. It consists of new bins, ceilings, and cove panels that provide a lower shelf height for ease of loading and visibility. The acquisitions and mergers, as well as the partnerships, between various stakeholders of the market, are anticipated to propel the growth in cash flows and profits of the companies. The partnerships are also expected to further propel the innovation of new product portfolios of the companies.
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