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Aircraft Docking Systems Market Trends

ID: MRFR//8682-CR | 207 Pages | Author: Sejal Akre| July 2020

Global Aircraft Docking Systems Market Overview

Aircraft Docking Systems Market Size was valued at USD 9.7 Billion in 2023. The Aircraft Docking Systems market industry is projected to grow from USD 10.00458 Billion in 2024 to USD 12.4 Billion by 2032, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 2.71% during the forecast period (2024 - 2032). Short turnaround times, new commercial aircraft deliveries, and fleet renewal are requirements, are the key market drivers enhancing the market growth.

Aircraft Docking Systems Market Overview

Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

Aircraft Docking Systems Market Trends

  • Increase in air passenger traffic is driving the market growth

ly, there has been a discernible rise in air passenger travel in recent years. Falling airfares, rising per capita disposable incomes, especially in developing countries, and improved living standards are among factors that have contributed to this increase. New planes are more urgently needed to manage the increasing passenger demand. For instance, Airbus signed a USD 50 billion contract with Indigo Partners (US) to deliver 430 aircraft, making it one of the biggest deals in the history of commercial aviation. The growing demand for new aeroplanes has resulted in a significant increase in the demand for aircraft docking systems. A docking system is an essential component in the creation and maintenance of an aeroplane. It aids aircraft manufacturing, maintenance, and painting activities so that the job may be done successfully and quickly by providing work platforms to the appropriate areas of the aircraft. As a result, increased demand for new aircraft and an increase in air passenger traffic will drive worldwide growth during the predicted timeframe.

Due to advancements in MRO equipment and technology, the aviation industry has increasingly focused on investing in aircraft maintenance. As a result of friendly government policies such exemption from customs and countervailing levies, investments in aircraft MRO services are predicted to rise. Many companies are also expanding their MRO facilities in order to increase capacity and relocate operations closer to their customers. They are also investing in systems and technologies to quicken turnaround times. This is because maintaining an aeroplane takes a lot of time. MRO service companies must therefore employ a range of systems to increase turnaround time. An aircraft docking system is one such tool that helps reduce the time needed for a technician to reach different areas of an aircraft to carry out MRO operations. As a result, it is projected that over the forecast period, the desire for rapid turnaround times would drive the growth of the market for aeroplane docking systems.

Airlines and other operators of aircraft are expanding their fleets to accommodate the rising demand for air travel. This growth necessitates the installation of new aircraft docking systems in order to meet the growing fleet's maintenance requirements. Because they give maintenance personnel a safe and convenient workspace, reduce downtime, and streamline maintenance processes, aircraft docking systems are crucial for increasing operating efficiency. Due to the complexity of aircraft systems, safety during maintenance operations is of the utmost importance. Systems for docking aeroplanes offer the stability and security necessary for safely carrying out maintenance procedures. Thus, driving the Aircraft Docking Systems market revenue.

Aircraft Docking Systems Market Segment Insights

Aircraft Docking Systems Type Insights

The Aircraft Docking Systems market segmentation, based on type, includes nose docks, complete/combination docks, engine docks, fuselage docks, wing docks, and tail docks. Fuselage docks segment dominated the market in 2022. For C/D inspection and spray painting of aircraft, the leading platform, a work area covered by the primary work platform based on various aircraft types, and the upper wing-fuselage part of the fuselage dock each match the criteria. The fuselage docks are designed expressly to make accessing the fuselage simpler. Specially designed modules are present on these ports. These docks frequently combine wing and nose docks.

Aircraft Docking Systems Platform Insights

The Aircraft Docking Systems market segmentation, based on platform, includes commercial, military, and general aviation. Commercial segment dominated the Aircraft Docking Systems market in 2022. Executive jets, commercial airliners, and other non-military aircraft are all included in the commercial sector. Despite being more common in civil aviation, narrow-body aircraft have a smaller carrying capacity than wide-body aircraft. Narrow-body aircraft include the Airbus A319, A320, and A321 as well as the Boeing B737.

Aircraft Docking Systems Aircraft Type Insights

The Aircraft Docking Systems market segmentation, based on aircraft type, includes rotary wing and fixed wing. Fixed wing segment dominated the Aircraft Docking Systems market in 2022. Vertical lift rotors are not present in fixed-wing aircraft; instead, they have wings. The control surfaces for this aircraft are aileron, rudder, and elevator combined. In comparison to rotary-wing aircraft, fixed-wing aircraft have a number of advantages, including greater endurance, extensive coverage, faster flying, and increased passenger capacity.

Aircraft Docking Systems Operation Insights

The Aircraft Docking Systems market segmentation, based on operation, includes powered and non powered. Powered segment dominated the Aircraft Docking Systems market in 2022. The movements and height adjustments of powered aircraft docking systems are controlled by electrical panels. The powered docking systems are typically designed for an aircraft's nose, tail, engine, and wing and are used for a range of aircraft models. The need for automated and self-propelled docking systems has also grown over the past few years.

Aircraft Docking Systems Application Insights

The Aircraft Docking Systems market segmentation, based on application, includes aircraft manufacturing, MRO, and aircraft painting. Aircraft manufacturing segment dominated the market in 2022. The aircraft docking technologies, which also help to speed up aircraft production, reduce the time it takes to get to different portions of the aircraft during manufacturing activities. Additionally, due to rising passenger traffic and defence spending over the past few years, there has been a rise in demand for new aircraft.

Figure 1: Aircraft Docking Systems Market, by Application, 2022 & 2032 (USD Billion)

Aircraft Docking Systems Market, by Application, 2022 & 2032

Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

Aircraft Docking Systems Regional Insights

By region, the study provides the market insights into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Rest of the World. The North America Aircraft Docking Systems Market dominated this market in 2022 (45.80%). The rising demand for services from companies in the US and Canada is the main factor driving growth in the local market. By 2035, 10,000 aircraft are anticipated to be in service in the area, opening up new economic opportunities for those working in the North American aircraft docking system sector. The expansion of the market is also anticipated to be aided by the rising profits of airlines with regional hubs. Further, the U.S. Aircraft Docking Systems market held the largest market share, and the Canada Aircraft Docking Systems market was the fastest growing market in the North America region.

Further, the major countries studied in the market report are The US, Canada, German, France, the UK, Italy, Spain, China, Japan, India, Australia, South Korea, and Brazil.



Source: Secondary Research, Primary Research, MRFR Database and Analyst Review

Europe Aircraft Docking Systems market accounted for the healthy market share in 2022. The four nations most responsible for the growth of the aeroplane docking systems market in Europe are the UK, Germany, France, and Italy. In the region, there were roughly 5,000 aircraft in 2017, and by 2035, there ought to be more than 8,000 fleets. Further, the German Aircraft Docking Systems market held the largest market share, and the U.K Aircraft Docking Systems market was the fastest growing market in the European region

The Asia Pacific Aircraft Docking Systems market is expected to register significant growth from 2023 to 2032. The United States is anticipated to lose ground to the Asia-Pacific area as the world's largest air travel market. The Asia-Pacific region is expected to see more than 16,000 aircraft deliveries by 2035, which is expected to stimulate market expansion there. Moreover, China’s Aircraft Docking Systems market held the largest market share, and the Indian Aircraft Docking Systems market was the fastest growing market in the Asia-Pacific region.

Aircraft Docking Systems Key Market Players & Competitive Insights

Leading market players are investing heavily in research and development in order to expand their product lines, which will help the Aircraft Docking Systems market grow even more. Market participants are also undertaking a variety of strategic activities to expand their footprint, with important market developments including new product launches, contractual agreements, mergers and acquisitions, higher investments, and collaboration with other organizations. To expand and survive in a more competitive and rising market climate, Aircraft Docking Systems Industry must offer cost-effective items.

Manufacturing locally to minimize operational costs is one of the key business tactics used by manufacturers in the Aircraft Docking Systems Industry to benefit clients and increase the market sector. In recent years, the Aircraft Docking Systems Industry has offered some of the most significant advantages to medicine. Major players in the Aircraft Docking Systems market, including Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd, CTI Systems SARL, Instant UpRight, Kern Steel Fabrication Inc., ALTEC Aluminium Technik GmbH, NIJL Aircraft Docking, ZARGES GmbH, Aircraft Support Industries, Reel, Turner & Co. Ltd, Sagarasia, JBT, Midland Access Solutions, Access Platforms, Turner Access Ltd, TBD, Metal Tech., and SICK AG, are attempting to increase market demand by investing in research and development operations.

Various services are provided by ZARGES GmbH. The company offers solutions for medical needs, shipping, packing, and other things. ZARGES serves clients all throughout the world. In September 2019, ZARGES GmbH unveiled a maintenance system. This helicopter maintenance platform, developed in line with DIN EN 12312-8, makes it simple to connect the engine, rotor head, upper fuselage, and rotor blades of the helicopter. As a result, the company gained a substantial market share for aviation docking systems.

Kern Steel Fabrication also offers full steel fabricator construction, aviation maintenance, and industrial blasting & coating services. In order to expedite and facilitate the operation of the third C-5 Empennage Stand, the US Air Force took a risk and invested in Kern Steel Fabrication Inc. in August 2017. This move strengthened the company's position in the market and helped it establish a reputation in the aircraft docking industry.

Key Companies in the Aircraft Docking Systems market include

  • Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd

  • CTI Systems SARL

  • Instant UpRight

  • Kern Steel Fabrication Inc.

  • ALTEC Aluminium Technik GmbH

  • NIJL Aircraft Docking


  • Aircraft Support Industries

  • Reel

  • Turner & Co. Ltd

  • Sagarasia

  • JBT

  • Midland Access Solutions

  • Access Platforms

  • Turner Access Ltd

  • TBD

  • Metal Tech.


Aircraft Docking Systems Industry Developments

January 2023: A modern heavy-lift ship carrier was on exhibition by the Chinese navy, emphasising the ship's upcoming role in ship rescue and transportation during times of conflict.

January 2023: OWC unveiled ThunderboltTM Go Dock at CES 2023, the first fully functional dock of its kind with an integrated power source.

In July 2023, Sagar Asia, a highly esteemed Indian company specializing in the production of aluminium extrusion and access systems, has made public the signing of two Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs). The first MOU is with NIJL Aircraft Docking, a company based in the Netherlands, while the second MOU is with Reroy Group Ltd (RGL) in Ghana. These Memorandum of Understandings (MOUs) are considered as significant achievements for Sagar Asia and will make a positive impact on the Indian economy.

Sagar Asia Group manufactures a range of products in India, including Aluminium Extrusions, Ladders, Scaffolds, Bridges, Platforms, Wind Tower Internals (such as Ladders, Fall Arrestor Systems, Service Lifts, Mechanical Tower Internals, and others), Aviation Docking Systems, Aluminium Architectural Systems, and other value-added products.

The items adhere to both American and European standards. NIJL Aircraft Docking is a renowned global supplier of repair stands, platforms, and docks for several industries including aviation, train, automotive, truck, space, and shipbuilding. The company has been operating in the market for a duration of 50 years. In the current month, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NIJL, Nobert Pieterse, along with the Co-Owner Marcus Franciscus Huitink, visited India. During their journey, they arranged meetings with important individuals and potential customers involved in Aircraft Maintenance Support Systems in Delhi and other regions of the country.

In June 2023, NIJL, a prominent company specializing in airplane docking engineering based in the Netherlands, has made the strategic decision to establish a manufacturing joint venture in Hyderabad, which will greatly benefit the aerospace sector. NIJL will collaborate with Sagar Asia Group, based in Hyderabad, to establish this joint venture. The executive leadership team of NIJL held a meeting with IT and Industries Minister KT Rama Rao and disclosed their intentions to establish a manufacturing joint venture.

The group from the National Institute for Japanese Language and Linguistics (NIJL) was headed by its Chief Executive Officer, Nobert Pieterse. NIJL is a prominent international provider of aircraft docking systems and ground support equipment stands, offering assistance to airlines and MROs on a global scale. NIJL has achieved global leadership in the design, production, and complete delivery of lifting and transportation equipment, steel and aluminum docking systems, access stairs, fall protection stands, and working platforms, thanks to its 50 years of experience. Up to this point, the organization has gained extensive expertise working with airlines, MROs, and aircraft manufacturers such as KLM, British Airways, and Lufthansa.

Aircraft Docking Systems Market Segmentation

Aircraft Docking Systems Type Outlook

  • Nose Docks

  • Complete/Combination Docks

  • Engine Docks

  • Fuselage Docks

  • Wing Docks

  • Tail Docks

Aircraft Docking Systems Platform Outlook

  • Commercial

  • Military

  • General Aviation

Aircraft Docking Systems Aircraft Type Outlook

  • Rotary Wing

  • Fixed Wing

Aircraft Docking Systems Operation Outlook

  • Powered

  • Non Powered

Aircraft Docking Systems Application Outlook

  • Aircraft Manufacturing

  • MRO

  • Aircraft Painting

Aircraft Docking Systems Regional Outlook

  • North America

    • US

    • Canada

  • Europe

    • Germany

    • France

    • UK

    • Italy

    • Spain

    • Rest of Europe

  • Asia-Pacific

    • China

    • Japan

    • India

    • Australia

    • South Korea

    • Australia

    • Rest of Asia-Pacific

  • Rest of the World

    • Middle East

    • Africa

    • Latin America

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