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Commercial Aircraft Landing Gear Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecast (2021 - 2026)

The Commercial Aircraft Landing Gear Market is segmented by Landing Gear Type (Main Landing Gear and Nose Landing Gear), Aircraft Type (Narrowbody, Widebody, and Regional Jet), MRO Type (Replacement and Repair), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle-East and Africa). The report offers market size and forecasts by value (USD billion) for all the above-mentioned segments.

Market Snapshot

Commercial Aircraft Landing Gear Market Overview
Study Period: 2018 - 2026
Base Year: 2020
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 4.18 %

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Market Overview

The commercial aircraft landing gear market is expected to grow from USD 14.72 billion in 2020 to USD 20.13 billion in 2026, witnessing a CAGR of 4.18% during the forecast period (2021 - 2026).

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a full-scale crisis with the imposition of travel restrictions and the suspension of flights in a global effort to contain the spread of the virus. The aviation industry is in survival mode, crippled by the loss of traffic and revenues. According to the latest updates from IATA, ICAO, the Airports Council International (ACI), the UN World Tourism Organization (UNWTO), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), the international air passenger traffic in 2020 is expected to experience a drop of about 50-55% compared to the 2020 baseline. Airline Revenue-Per-Kilometer (RPK) is anticipated to drop by 48% compared to the 2019 value. The airlines are expected to record potential losses from USD 289 million to USD 387 billion in gross operating revenues. Europe and Asia-Pacific are anticipated to be the worst hit in terms of international passenger traffic and revenues. This led to the cancellation of orders and the deferral of deliveries by several airlines across the world, affecting the procurement aspect of the market.

Airlines are inclined toward maintaining the optimum health of their fleet and choose to procure new aircraft only as a last resort, owing to the high investment involved. With COVID-19 severely hampering revenue sources and eroding the profit margins of the airlines, more airlines are expected to resort to MRO to maintain fleet efficiency. Furthermore, several government initiatives have been formulated to encourage airports to support various types of MRO as a strategic activity. Various holistic approaches are now being undertaken by the governments to ensure that adequate space is allocated at various airports within the country for MRO, which may lead to an enhancement in terms of commercial aircraft MRO activities, including landing gear MRO during the forecast period.

Scope of the Report

Landing gears provide a suspension system to the aircraft during taxiing, take-off, and landing, while also facilitating braking and direction control through the provisions of integrating supportive systems for the aircraft.

The commercial aircraft landing gear market is segmented based on landing gear type, aircraft type, MRO type, and geography. By landing gear type, the market is segmented into nose landing gear and main landing gear. By aircraft type, the market is segmented into narrowbody, widebody, and regional jet. By MRO type, the market is segmented into replacement and repair.

The scope of the study includes both line fit and retrofit aspects of the market. The report also covers the market sizes and forecasts across major regions. For each segment, the market sizing and forecast are done based on value (USD billion).

Landing Gear Type
Main Landing Gear
Nose Landing Gear
Aircraft Type
Narrowbody
Widebody
Regional Jet
MRO
Replacement
Repair
Geography
North America
United States
Canada
Europe
United Kingdom
France
Germany
Russia
Rest of Europe
Asia-Pacific
China
India
Japan
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Brazil
Rest of Latin America
Middle-East and Africa
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

The Main Landing Gear Segment Held the Largest Market Share in 2020

The main landing gear bears the whole weight of the aircraft during the first impact. Hence, the number of tires used in them is more compared to the nose landing gears. The main landing gear manufacturing involves more costs due to a higher number of parts compared to the nose landing gears. Thus, the revenues from this segment are more compared to the nose landing gears segment. Widebody aircraft and large freighter aircraft are the main revenue generators for the segment, as they require large main landing gear equipment to support the weight of the aircraft. The cost of purchasing a new landing gear, MRO, and aftermarket costs for the multi-bogey landing gear used in widebody aircraft is high. For instance, in the A380, the world’s largest commercial aircraft, the main landing gear consists of 20 wheels in total. The main landing gear assembly of the aircraft is the largest and most complex ever developed for a commercial aircraft. Thus, the cost per unit landing gear assembly of the main landing gear is higher due to a larger number of subsystems involved, resulting in higher revenues for the segment.

Commercial Aircraft Landing Gear Market_Segmentation

Asia-Pacific is Expected to Register the Highest CAGR During the Forecast Period

The growth of the commercial aviation industry is projected to be the highest in Asia-Pacific. With a high passenger traffic growth, several airlines in the region ordered new commercial aircraft in recent years. A major portion of commercial aircraft deliveries is expected to be in Asia-Pacific during the forecast period. Correspondingly, the demand for new commercial aircraft landing gear is also expected to be highest in Asia-Pacific in the coming years. China's commercial aviation sector made great strides in the past five years, and further improvements are expected in the coming years. China crossed the United States to become the largest aviation market in 2020. The Chinese state-owned aerospace manufacturer, COMAC, launched the ARJ21 aircraft in 2015 and planned to make the first delivery of C919 in 2021. Liebherr LAMC Aviation Co. Ltd is the supplier of landing gear for the ARJ21 program and is home to the assembly line for C919 landing gear struts. The growing fleet size in China also generated significant demand for MRO services in the country. As of 2019, India was the second-fastest growing aviation market in Asia-Pacific.

The international and domestic air passenger traffic in India more than doubled between 2010 to 2019. The increasing air passenger traffic forced some of the airlines in India to expand their fleet size. Currently, Indian airlines are operating domestic flights at around 80% of their pre-COVID levels. They are expected to reach their pre-COVID levels by March 2021. Airlines in India are mostly dependent on foreign MRO players for landing gear MRO services. With the construction of new regional and international airports in the coming years and the growth in fleet size, there is a huge potential for the commercial aircraft landing gear MRO market to grow in India. In addition to China and India, the aviation industries in several other regions are also expected to recover faster than the countries in other regions due to huge domestic demand, thereby helping the growth of the related commercial aircraft landing gear market in the coming years.

Commercial Aircraft Landing Gear Market Geography

Competitive Landscape

The market for commercial aircraft landing gear is highly fragmented due to many MRO players in the market. The market includes landing gear system suppliers, component providers, landing gear integrators, and MRO providers. Safran SA, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, Honeywell International Inc., AAR Corporation, and Meggitt PLC are prominent players in the market. With the forecasted trend for growth in the market for landing gear (and related equipment) in the coming years, companies are expanding their production capacities and capabilities to cater to the demand. For instance, in February 2020, Raytheon Technologies Corporation announced its plan to construct a new landing systems facility in Fort Worth, Texas, and expand its carbon brake manufacturing facility in Spokane, Washington. The expansion of its carbon brake manufacturing facility in Pueblo, Colorado, is currently underway. Landing gear suppliers are also investing in the research and development of advanced lightweight landing gear systems to increase the fuel efficiency of aircraft and noise-reducing devices and electric landing gear systems (to reduce carbon emissions of aircraft). In collaboration with JAXA, Kawasaki Heavy Industries, and Mitsubishi Aircraft Corporation, SPP is involved in FQUROH (flight demonstration of quiet technology to reduce noise from high-lift configurations), which aims to design and manufacture noise reduction devices attached to the main landing gear. Landing gear manufacturers and assemblers are entering partnerships and collaborations to increase their maintenance and support capabilities and serve customers in new geographical locations. In addition to the efforts of manufacturers and assemblers, MRO providers are also actively investing in enhancing their presence in the market by constructing new landing gear maintenance facilities and entering long-term partnerships with airlines and aircraft operators. Such investments are expected to propel the growth prospects of companies in the coming years.

Recent Developments

  • In December 2020, Liebherr-Aerospace announced that it was awarded a contract by Austrian Airlines to provide landing gear overhaul to 17 Embraer E-Jet E195 aircraft of the airline. The overhaul work was planned to begin by the end of December 2020 at its Lindenberg facility.
  • In July 2020, Safran Landing Systems announced that it developed advanced landing gear noise reduction technology as a part of Boeing’s 2020 ecoDemonstrator. The new technology is designed to decrease landing gear noise by approximately 20%.
  • In January 2020, Magellan Aerospace Corporation announced an agreement (worth approximately CAD 52 million) with Collins Aerospace Systems to provide nose landing gear assemblies for B737 aircraft. The contract is expected to run through 2024 from Magellan’s facility in Kitchener, Ontario.

Table of Contents

  1. 1. INTRODUCTION

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study

  2. 2. RESEARCH METHODOLOGY

  3. 3. EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

  4. 4. MARKET DYNAMICS

    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Challenges

    4. 4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size by Value - USD billion)

    1. 5.1 Landing Gear Type

      1. 5.1.1 Main Landing Gear

      2. 5.1.2 Nose Landing Gear

    2. 5.2 Aircraft Type

      1. 5.2.1 Narrowbody

      2. 5.2.2 Widebody

      3. 5.2.3 Regional Jet

    3. 5.3 MRO

      1. 5.3.1 Replacement

      2. 5.3.2 Repair

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. 5.4.1.1 United States

        2. 5.4.1.2 Canada

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. 5.4.2.1 United Kingdom

        2. 5.4.2.2 France

        3. 5.4.2.3 Germany

        4. 5.4.2.4 Russia

        5. 5.4.2.5 Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. 5.4.3.1 China

        2. 5.4.3.2 India

        3. 5.4.3.3 Japan

        4. 5.4.3.4 South Korea

        5. 5.4.3.5 Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 Latin America

        1. 5.4.4.1 Brazil

        2. 5.4.4.2 Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.4.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. 5.4.5.1 United Arab Emirates

        2. 5.4.5.2 Saudi Arabia

        3. 5.4.5.3 South Africa

        4. 5.4.5.4 Rest of Middle-East and Africa

  6. 6. COMPETITIVE LANDSCAPE

    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Héroux-Devtek Inc.

      2. 6.2.2 CIRCOR International Inc.

      3. 6.2.3 Magellan Aerospace Corp.

      4. 6.2.4 Triumph Group Inc.

      5. 6.2.5 Safran SA

      6. 6.2.6 Raytheon Technologies Corporation

      7. 6.2.7 Sumitomo Precision Products Co. Ltd

      8. 6.2.8 AAR Corp.

      9. 6.2.9 Liebherr-International Deutschland GmbH

      10. 6.2.10 Honeywell International Inc.

      11. 6.2.11 Revima Group

      12. 6.2.12 Meggitt PLC

  7. 7. MARKET OPPORTUNITIES AND FUTURE TRENDS

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Frequently Asked Questions

The Commercial Aircraft Landing Gear Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Commercial Aircraft Landing Gear Market is growing at a CAGR of 4.18% over the next 5 years.

The Commercial Aircraft Landing Gear Market is valued at 14 Billion USD in 2018.

The Commercial Aircraft Landing Gear Market is valued at 20 Billion USD in 2026.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Safran SA, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, Honeywell International Inc., AAR Corporation, Meggitt PLC are the major companies operating in Commercial Aircraft Landing Gear Market.

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