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Commercial Aircraft Carbon Brakes Market Research Report Information By Aircraft Type (Fixed-Wing and Rotary-Wing), by Material (Polyacrylonitrile [PAN] and Rayon/Petroleum Pitch), by End User (OEM and Aftermarket), by Manufacturing Process (Chemical Vapor Infiltration [CVI] and Liquid Phase Infiltration [LPI]), and Region (North America, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East & Africa, and Latin America) Forecast till 2032


ID: MRFR/A&D/4727-HCR | 100 Pages | Author: Sejal Akre| June 2024

Global Commercial Aircraft Carbon Brakes Market Overview


Commercial Aircraft Carbon Brakes Market Size was valued at USD 2.28 billion in 2022. The Commercial Aircraft Carbon Brakes Market is projected to grow to USD 4.79 billion by 2032, exhibiting a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 8.6% during the forecast period (2022 - 2032).

Carbon brakes are primarily used in military aircraft applications. The and higher heat absorption and lower weight of carbon brakes make them more preferable than conventional steel brakes to be used in aircraft. However, due to the high cost of steel brakes, carbon brakes are used largely on larger, long-haul commercial aircraft rather than short-haul commercial aircraft. Recent developments in overhaul techniques and carbon brake manufacturing have reduced the pre-landing cost of these brakes—they are cost-effective as compared to steel brakes. Improved operations along with performance enhancements provided by carbon brakes have enabled a rise in usage of carbon brakes on commercial aircraft. Carbon brakes have multiple benefits compared to steel brakes, such as high-performance, longevity, and lightweight. Moreover, carbon brakes are able to withstand high braking demands of commercial aircraft. Carbon brake materials have characteristics such as high-temperature stability, high thermal conductivity, and higher specific heat. 


The market has been segmented on the basis of aircraft type, material, manufacturing process, and end user. Based on aircraft type, the commercial aerospace carbon brakes market has been segmented as fixed-wing and rotary-wing. The fixed-wing segment has been further sub-segmented as wide-body and narrow-body aircraft. The narrow-body aircraft market is expected to be the largest segment during the forecast period. A rise in new low-cost carriers is expected to generate demand for narrow-body aircraft. 


Furthermore, growing focus on fuel efficiency is also expected to enhance the growth of the carbon brakes market during the forecast period. Based on the material, the market has been segmented as polyacrylonitrile and rayon/petroleum pitch. The polyacrylonitrile segment was the largest market in 2018 whereas rayon/petroleum is expected to register the higher CAGR during the forecast period. Based on the manufacturing process, the market has been segmented as Chemical Vapor Infiltration (CVI) and Liquid Phase Infiltration (LPI). The Liquid Phase Infiltration (LPI) segment was the is expected to register higher CAGR during the forecast period. Airline and aerospace companies are actively investing in energy-efficient technologies that act as an effective measure to lower fuel consumption. For instance, in Feb 2018, UTC Aerospace Systems' patented carbon heat sink brake material called Duracarb, which allows an aircraft to perform 2,000 landings before it is taken for overhaul. The lifespan of the brakes is eight times longer thereby, significantly reducing maintenance cost and time. Moreover, these brakes are capable to handle high stress and absorb heat energy than carbon brakes, which improves safety margin when stopping airplanes that are heavily loaded. Presently, carbon brake disks are being largely used in landing gear systems due to their enhanced lifecycle, weight reduction capabilities, and low maintenance cost.


Recent Development


March 2022: Avelo Airlines and Collins Aerospace agreed to retrofit the airline's fleet with carbon brakes, including maintenance and logistics support.July 2021: Singapore Airlines signed a deal with Safran Landing Systems for wheels and carbon brakes for their entire Boeing 777-9 fleet.

Segmentation of the Global Commercial Aircraft Carbon Brakes Market


Growing commercial aircraft fleets and improved operational performance of carbon are the key drivers for the global commercial aircraft carbon brakes market. By region, the market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East & Africa, and Latin America. North America is expected to be the largest market for carbon brakes owing to key manufacturing plants of largest commercial OEM and retrofit aircraft companies have their presence in North America. However, Asia Pacific is expected to grow at the highest rate during the forecast period. Both OEM and aftermarket carbon brake systems are likely to offer opportunities during the forecast period.


Intended Audience



  • Airforce Authorities

  • Airline Companies

  • Component Providers

  • Regulatory bodies

  • Government authorities

  • Research institutes

  • Regulatory bodies


Key Players


The key players in the global commercial aircraft carbon brakes market are Crane Aerospace & Electronics (US), Honeywell International Inc. (US), Maritime Goodrich (US), Meggitt (UK), Parker Hannifin (US), Safran (France), Speedwerks (US), SGL Group (Germany), TAE Aerospace, and UTC Aerospace Systems (US).


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