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Aircraft De-Icing Market Trends

ID: MRFR//2844-CR | 161 Pages | Author: Swapnil Palwe| October 2019

Global Aircraft De-Icing Market Overview 

Aircraft De-Icing Market Size is expected to reach USD 1.29 Billion by 2030, registering a CAGR of 5.17% during 2020-2030.

De-icing can be defined as how ice, snow, or frost is removed from the surface of an aircraft. To conduct the process and prevent ice from further forming, chemicals are typically used. The process of de-icing is considered to be of paramount importance as it has a direct implication on aircraft safety and the safety of the passengers. The global aircraft de-icing market is considered a highly attractive market of the current times due to the rise in the number of flights that carry passengers and cargo. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics (BTS), the U.S. airlines carried 61.4 million systemwide scheduled service passengers in June 2021, 302 % more than the passengers they carried in June 2020. The rise in airline activities has increased the demand in the global aircraft de-icing market.

It is expected that during the forecasted period, the market would register a CAGR of 5.92 %. A diverse range of factors could drive the performance of the aircraft de-icing market, such as an increase in the number of application areas and the high focus on passenger and overall airline safety. The businesses operating in the market are expected to play an influential role in the mold the aircraft de-icing market growth.

A detailed evaluation of the global aircraft de-icing market has been conducted by focusing on important market variables such as opportunities, driers, threats, and restraints. Based on the exhaustive aircraft de-icing market analysis, the growth potential of the market has been ascertained.

Recent News :

  • In past years, there were reports of companies like Invercon and NEI focusing on glycol recovery systems and heated de-icing fluids. While detailed updates for 2024 might be limited, industry reports could shed light on advancements achieved by these or other firms in these domains. 

  • The integration of automation and sensor technology into de-icing systems is gaining traction as a notable trend. Companies specializing in these technologies could experience heightened interest throughout 2024.

COVID 19 analysis

The Covid 19 pandemic has acted as a major bottleneck in the global aircraft de-icing market domain. To control the spread of the infectious virus, strict regulations and guidelines relating to social distancing and lockdowns have been introduced, limiting aircraft movement. Thus, it has hampered the global aircraft de-icing market growth. However, according to the aircraft de-icing market forecast, the market is expected to recover and showcase a strong performance during the forecasted period. The eased restrictions are expected to help the market to regain its attractiveness at the global level. 

Chief variables existing in the market

  • Key market drivers

Some of the key drivers that would positively influence the global aircraft de-icing global market during the forecasted period include the introduction of stringent regulations relating to aircraft safety, high emphasis on the comfort of passengers, application of the aircraft de-icing services in varying areas. During the forecasted period, these factors could act as major aircraft de-icing market trends and influence the market performance.

  • Market challenges

The existence of numerous challenges could diminish the attractiveness of the aircraft de-icing global market. Some of the main challenges include the rapid evolution of technology in which new de-icing solutions are based and the high complexity due to the management of heavy air traffic. These challenges need to be effectively addressed by the operating businesses to demonstrate strong performance and capture a major portion of the global aircraft de-icing global market share.

  • Opportunities in the global market

Several opportunities exist in the aircraft de-icing global market that the market players could exploit. A major opportunity is to integrate innovative digital technologies so that the automation in the de-icing process could increase, which could further enhance the service quality. By exploiting the market opportunity, the growth potential of the industry could be boosted in the future. 

  • Restraints

One of the restrains that exists in the global aircraft de-icing industry relates to regulatory complications. The companies operating in the market need to keep a constant tab on changing regulations and guidelines so that their services can meet the necessary standards. Another restraint is the need for monetary funds to conduct R&D activities and devise new and improved de-icing solutions. 

Cumulative evaluation of the market

The report gives a holistic insight into the global aircraft de-icing market and the variables that exist in it. Several factors have been identified that could give rise to positive and negative impacts on the market. A major driver that has been identified is the need to adhere to stringent safety guidelines. A chief challenge that has been identified is the constant evolution of technology on which de-icing services are based. In the detailed aircraft de-icing market outlook, the industry potential is captured and evaluated thoroughly


The global aircraft de-icing market has been segmented based on equipment, fluid type, application, and region. By equipment, the market has been classified as de-icing trucks, sweepers, and others. The fluid type segments of the market are type I, type II, type III, and Type IV. By application, the market has been classified as commercial and military 

 Overview of the main market segments

  • By Equipment 

The global aircraft de-icing market can be segmented into icing trucks, sweepers, and others based on equipment. The demand for the equipment types is directly related to the intensity of ice or snow that needs to be removed. However, both equipment types are expected to play a key role in expanding the aircraft de-icing market size during the forecasted period.

  • By Fluid Type

The global aircraft de-icing industry can be further categorized into type I, Type II, Type III, and Type IV. The use of each of the fluid types varies during the de-icing process. Type I de-icing fluid is used on aircraft surfaces for removing accumulated snow. Then Type IV fluid is used as an anti-icing fluid on the surface of aircraft. In the case of commercial aircraft, Type II fluid is used for de-icing purposes. Type III fluids can be considered to be a compromise between Type I and Type II fluids. They are used on slower aircraft that have a rotation speed of <= 100 knots. As the commercial aircraft segment is expected to dominate the global aircraft de-icing market during the forecasted period, the Type II fluid is also likely to witness strong demand. 

  • By Application

Based on application, the global aircraft de-icing market can be fragmented into commercial and military. The commercial market segment is expected to dominate the global market. Commercial aircraft are used to transport cargo, people and mail. They offer speedy mobility and can also be used for carrying out rescue operations. The market segment is expected to play a critical role in influencing the aircraft de-icing global market revenue.

Regional analysis

The global aircraft de-icing market can be segmented into numerous geographical regions, including Europe, North America, the Asia Pacific, and the rest of the world. In each region, varying aircraft de-icing industry trends could exist that would influence the market growth. In recent years, North America has been dominating the global market setting. It is expected to demonstrate similar performance during the forecasted period, owing to the presence of some of the key market players. Europe is also expected to play a major role in accelerating its growth in the global aircraft de-icing market. The rise in demand for aircraft de-icing equipment in the geographic region could serve as the catalyst and mold its performance.

Competitive intensity in the industry

The competitive intensity in the aircraft de-icing global market is high. Since all airlines are expected to follow the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)Clean Aircraft Concept, the demand for aircraft de-icing services is rising. The high demand has increased the attractiveness of the global aircraft de-icing market. Some of the chief players have been playing a major role to shape the aircraft de-icing global market size have been presented below:

  • BASF Corporation

  • Contego Aviation Solutions

  • General Atomics 

  • JBT Corporation

  • Kilfrost Group Limited

  • Global Ground Support LLC

  • Textron Inc. 

  • Vestergaard Company A/S

  • The Dow Chemical Company

The major market players operating in the market have strengthened their strategic approaches to expand their aircraft de-icing global market share.

Recent market developments

  • Many businesses in the aircraft de-icing global market have been leveraging nanotechnology to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of their de-icing solutions and techniques.

  • While working on improving the existing de-icing solutions, Contego Aviation Solutions has also been focusing on creating the development of PEE equipment and safety workwear so that the health and safety of the workers would not be compromised. 

Report Overview

In the global aircraft de-icing industry analysis report, a diverse range of variables and factors have been identified and explored in the market. Several strategi frameworks are used, such as SWOT framework, PESTLE analytical model, etc., and they have helped to uncover the variables that exist at the micro and macro level. The competitive intensity in the aircraft de-icing market has been thoroughly examined by identifying the chief market players. The role that they could play during the forecasted period has also been evaluated as it could influence the global aircraft de-icing market revenue during the forecasted period. 

Key Industrial segments

By Equipment 

  • De-Icing Trucks

  • Sweepers

  • Others

By Fluid Type

  • Type I

  • Type II

  • Type III

  • Type IV

By Application

  • Commercial 

  • Military 

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