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Middle East and Africa Aircraft Seating Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023-2028)

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  • 80 Pages
  • April 2023
  • Region: Africa, Middle East
  • Mordor Intelligence
  • ID: 5529048
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The Middle East and African aircraft seating market is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 5% during the forecast period.

The Middle East and African aviation sectors faced unprecedented challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic significantly affected the commercial aviation sector, resulting in a drastic reduction in passenger traffic, which negatively affected the demand for the aircraft seating market. But, the growing number of air passenger traffic is a major factor driving the market. Due to the demand generated by this growing traffic, the airlines in the region are planning fleet expansion initiatives, which, in turn, are expected to generate the demand for aircraft seating during the forecast period.

To enhance the passenger experience and maximize their profit, aircraft operators are incorporating new lightweight material seats, with features, like the inflight power supply. Such innovative product lines are anticipated to open new market opportunities for the market in the coming years.

MEA Aircraft Seating Market Trends

The Narrow-body Aircraft Segment Held the Highest Market Share

Currently, the narrow-body aircraft segment has the highest share. It is anticipated to register the highest growth rates during the forecast period. This growth is due to the increasing demand for narrow-body aircraft from major LCC and FSC airlines, like Qatar Airways and Air Arabia. As a part of the global expansion plan, Air Arabia placed an order worth USD 14 billion for 120 A320 aircraft. This order included the procurement of 70 A320neo, 50 A321XLR, and A321neo aircraft. The new aircraft are scheduled to be delivered in 2024, and they may be used for the expansion of the airline’s network to new destinations in the future. Also, the airline, in collaboration with Etihad Airlines, announced its plans to launch a joint venture company (a low-cost carrier) to tap into the growing demand for budget travel in the United Arab Emirates. Also, Qatar Airlines has about 50 narrow-body aircraft on order, which are planned to begin during the forecast period. The increasing orders of new narrow-body aircraft are anticipated to generate demand for new narrow-body seats during the forecast period.

The United Arab Emirates is Expected to Dominate the Market During the Forecast Period

Currently, the United Arab Emirates is dominating the market, and it is expected to continue its dominance during the forecast period as well. The increase in the demand for aircraft seating is attributed to the increase in the procurement of new aircraft, owing to the surging air passenger traffic. The need for the introduction of soft and comfortable seating for all the classes in an aircraft is making the airlines in the region replace their existing seats with new seats. For instance, Recaro Holding GmbH was opted by Middle East Airlines for its cabin seats. The full cabin of the A321neo fleet is to be equipped with new seats offered by Recaro - CL5710 electrical business class seats and CL3710 economy class seats. Moreover, the expansion of new aircraft seat manufacturers into the retrofit segment is anticipated to propel the country’s growth in the coming years.

MEA Aircraft Seating Market Competitor Analysis

The Middle East and Africa aircraft seating market is moderately consolidated. Some of the prominent players in the market are Stelia Aerospace (Airbus SE), Recaro Holding GmbH, Safran SA, Collins Aerospace (Raytheon Technologies Corporation), and Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (HAECO). The bulk of the major seat manufacturers in the region are line-fit seat suppliers to major aircraft programs of OEMs, like Airbus and Boeing. Companies are opting for the product launch strategy to encompass a large market share. For instance, in September 2022, Stelia Aerospace launched a new staggered Business Class seat called Rendez-Vous, which makes it one of the widest on the market.

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Table of Contents

1.1 Study Assumptions
1.2 Scope of the Study
4.1 Market Overview
4.2 Market Drivers
4.3 Market Restraints
4.4 Porter's Five Forces Analysis
4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants
4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers
4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products
4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
5.1 Aircraft Type
5.1.1 Wide-body Aircraft
5.1.2 Narrow-body Aircraft
5.1.3 Regional Aircraft
5.2 Fitment
5.2.1 Line-fit
5.2.2 Retrofit
5.3 Seat Type
5.3.1 Economy and Premium Economy Class
5.3.2 Business Class
5.3.3 First Class
5.4 Geography
5.4.1 United Arab Emirates
5.4.2 Saudi Arabia
5.4.3 South Africa
5.4.4 Turkey
5.4.5 Rest of Middle East and Africa
6.1 Company Profiles
6.1.1 STELIA Aerospace (Airbus SE)
6.1.2 Recaro Holding GmbH
6.1.3 Safran SA
6.1.4 Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (HAECO)
6.1.5 Geven SPA
6.1.6 Collins Aerospace (Raytheon Technologies Corporation)
6.1.7 Aviointeriors SPA
6.1.8 EnCore (The Boeing Company)
6.1.9 Jamco Corp
6.1.10 Acro Aircraft Seating
6.1.11 Thompson Aero Seating Limited

Companies Mentioned

A selection of companies mentioned in this report includes:

  • STELIA Aerospace (Airbus SE)
  • Recaro Holding GmbH
  • Safran SA
  • Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (HAECO)
  • Geven SPA
  • Collins Aerospace (Raytheon Technologies Corporation)
  • Aviointeriors SPA
  • EnCore (The Boeing Company)
  • Jamco Corp
  • Acro Aircraft Seating
  • Thompson Aero Seating Limited