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The global aircraft lavatory system market was valued at USD 499.1 million in 2021. The market is projected to grow from USD 501.6 million in 2022 to USD 706.9 million by 2029, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.02% during the forecast period. The global impact of COVID-19 has been unprecedented and staggering, with aircraft lavatory products witnessing lower-than-anticipated demand across all regions compared to pre-pandemic levels. Based on our analysis, the global market witnessed a huge decline of -39.51% in 2020 as compared to 2019.
Aircraft lavatory system consists of toilet assembly, valves, actuators, pipes, tanks, doors & panels, sensors, and others. Lavatory systems differ from aircraft to aircraft based on their class and size. Aircraft lavatories are under continuous innovation to decrease their weight and maintenance costs. Moreover, rising demand from passengers for lavish lavatories is expected to fuel the growth of the market.
Innovative Self-Cleaning Lavatory Components Become Pronounce Due to Increasing Awareness for Hygiene
The aerospace industry has been worst hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. The decrease in domestic and international travel demand has changed the dynamic of the industry.
Most airlines canceled their aircraft orders due to a deficiency in passenger demand, which will directly affect the market for aircraft lavatory systems.
Moreover, the supply chain is also disrupted owing to the lockdown, which leads to a slowdown in the production of backlog orders.
Moreover, the COVID-19 global pandemic has hampered air travel owing to concerns about the COVID-19 virus transmission onboard. The COVID-19 outbreak has increased the awareness of cleanliness among people. An increase in the development of self-cleaning lavatories for maintaining hygiene and sanitization is expected to spur the growth of the market.
Furthermore, in 2020, due to the COVID-19 outbreak, a sudden decrease in demand for Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) was observed. The inventory backlog of MRO will potentially be delivered in upcoming years, thereby increasing the growth of aftermarket.
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Innovation and Development of Touch Free Aircraft Lavatories to be the New Trend
The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the market scenario for airlines and the aviation supply chain. The key market players are developing touchless lavatory products to maintain hygiene and ensure the safety of the passengers. The airlines take sanitary precautions by including high-efficiency particulate absorbing HEPA filters, wearing a mask, social distancing, and deep cleaning processes. The touch-free lavatory is expected to be part of the solution set for airlines.
Moreover, the airlines have started installing touch-free lavatory equipment, such as hand sanitizer dispensers, waste bin operated using an infrared sensor, and foot-controlled switch for flushing toilets.
Moreover, major aircraft carriers are stepping up bathroom cleaning routines; Delta Air Lines sanitizes its aircraft lavatories after every flight with electrostatic sprayers. These strong initiatives are driving the lavatories system to a touch-free experience.
Technological Advancements and Improved Product Capabilities to Boosts the Market Growth
Since the past few decades, the OEMs involved in lavatory and aircraft manufacturing are now focused on improving cabin comfort, including seats and lavatory, for a hassle-free passenger experience.
Airlines achieve higher revenues through significant cost savings and improved aircraft operation fitted with modern commercial lavatory solutions, such as vacuum toilets, waste and water components, oxygen systems and LED lighting.
The key players in the market are constantly working on making the lavatory system modular and allowing a piece-level disassembly in seconds. The modular lavatories also simplify maintenance and reduce aircraft downtime. Thus, the continuous effort and increased R&D to improve product capabilities will boost the market growth in the forthcoming years.
For instance, Collin aerospace has developed an agile vacuum toilet. This toilet can benefit airlines with increased reliability, lower weight and a lower total cost of ownership. This lavatory system was designed with feedback from airlines and maintenance personnel. Moreover, the agile toilet is the first product that significantly reduces operating costs and superior performance. This toilet is designed to directly replace the OEM vacuum toilets on the B737, B747, B757, B767, B777, and A320 aircraft.
Shutting Down Production of the Commercial Jumbo-jets to Hinder Market Growth
The two commercial jumbo-jets, Boeing 747 and Airbus A380, are being eliminated by some airlines as the coronavirus outbreak has reduced the demand for the four-engine planes. These aircraft were double the size of a normal jetliner and had more seats and lavatories for a hassle-free experience for passengers.
The Airbus A380 alone had 15 lavatories, and Boeing 747 had 8 to 10 lavatories depending upon the customer’s need. Boeing announced that it is ending the 747 production line in 2022. The company announced that the last four 747s would be sold to Atlas Air Worldwide freight operator. Furthermore, Airbus just delivered its last A380 to emirates. For Instance, Airbus has delivered the last A380 to Emirates Airlines.
Though these planes will remain in service for decades to come, not least because the COVID-19 pandemic has increased demand for air freight but won’t be carrying passengers. Therefore, shutting down the production of these big jets will hamper the market in terms of revenue and growth.
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Commercial Aircraft Segment to Dominate Market Due to Surging Air Passenger Traffic
The aircraft type segment is classified into commercial aircraft, business jet, regional aircraft. The commercial aircraft segment is further separated into narrow-body aircraft and wide-body aircraft.
The commercial aircraft is estimated to be the largest and fastest growing segment during the forecast period. The rising demand for commercial aircraft due to growing air passenger traffic is anticipated to fuel the market growth.
The business jet segment is estimated to grow substantially owing to surging demand for the adoption of all-electric business aircraft.
The growth of the regional aircraft segment is attributed to the growing modernization of regional aircraft to increase passenger comfort.
The number of lavatories is more in regional aircraft than business jets. Regional aircraft has 2-3 lavatories, whereas business jets have one or no lavatory except Boeing and Airbus business jets. Thus, the growth of the regional aircraft segment is more than business jets.
Vacuum Technology Segment Ruled the Market in 2021 Owing to High Adoption of Vacuum Systems
The technology segment is segmented into vacuum technology and recirculating technology.
The vacuum technology segment is anticipated to hold the largest aircraft lavatory system market share and is projected to grow at a higher CAGR through the forecast period. The growth of the segment is attributed to the high adoption of vacuum systems which includes vacuum toilets, valves, tanks, vacuum generators and sensors. Moreover, vacuum lavatories provide added advantages of overall weight reduction of the aircraft and increased hygiene, which is expected to fuel the segment's growth.
The recirculating technology segment is expected to grow at low CAGR owing to the increasing replacement of recirculating toilets with vacuum toilets.
Electric & Electronic Component Segment to Grow at High CAGR Due to Increased Adoption of Sensors in Touch-free Lavatory Systems
The component segment is segregated into toilet assembly, waste & water tank assembly, plumbing system, lavatory cabin, electric & electronic components, and others.
The waste & water tank assembly segment was estimated to be the largest segment in 2020. The growing aerospace industry with increasing demand for lightweight aircraft is expected to increase the development of lightweight waste and water tanks and associated valves.
The toilet assembly segment is anticipated to grow significantly due to the growing development of modernized toilet systems.
The electric & electronic components segment is anticipated to be the fastest-growing segment due to the growing use of sensors and the internet of things in the lavatory for functions such as touch-free door opening, touch-free flush, and others.
The lavatory Cabin segment is expected to grow during the 2022-2029 period due to the increased demand for lavish aircraft lavatories.
OEM Segment Will Grow with Highest CAGR Due to Rising Demand New Aircraft from Asia Pacific
By end-user, the market is bifurcated into OEM and aftermarket.
The OEM segment held the highest market share in 2021 and is projected to grow at the fastest growth rate during the forecast period. The growth is attributed to the rising demand for new aircraft from emerging countries such as India, China, and others. Moreover, innovation in lavatory systems is expected to fuel market growth.
The aftermarket segment is anticipated to witness substantial growth due to the increasing flight hours of an aircraft. A rise in air passenger traffic leads to an increased usage of the lavatory, leading to wear & tear of the components.
North America Aircraft Lavatory System Market Size, 2021 (USD Million)
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The market is segmented by regions, namely, North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East & Africa, and Latin America.
North America dominated with a market size of USD 153.1 million in 2021. The growth is attributed to large commercial and business jet fleets in the region. Moreover, the U.S. has the presence of major aircraft and aircraft lavatories manufacturers with a large number of assembly lines and component assembly shops.
The growing aerospace sector in Europe is expected to support the market growth. Increasing passenger air traffic and development of advanced airplane lavatories component with presence of major players in region are some factors responsible for the market growth in Europe.
The market in the Asia Pacific is projected to grow at the highest CAGR during the forecast period. The growth can be attributed to the improving economy of emerging countries such as India and China. The rising demand for new aircraft from China and India is expected to fuel the aircraft lavatory system market growth. Moreover, the growing commercial aircraft fleet in India, owing to the entrance of new market players, such as Vistaara, and the expansion plan for Air India in the forthcoming years are anticipated to drive the aircraft lavatory systems market growth during the forecast period.
The market in the Middle East & Africa is expected to grow significantly owing to the growing investment by airlines in the modification of lavatory systems. Moreover, the demand for a modern wide-body long-haul fleet from South African Airlines is anticipated to drive the market during 2022-2029.
Major Players Focuses on Innovation of Lavatory Systems to Offer Improved In-flight Experience
This market is consolidated with a few key players operating in this industry. It is observed that key players offer quality services by upgrading lavatory systems.
Most of the players involved in the market are focused on reducing the weight and increasing automation in the lavatory. Collins Aerospace is a leading player focused on innovating its product portfolio. The company introduced Lilac-UV, an ultraviolet (UV) illumination solution that can be used to disinfect aircraft interiors, including lavatories. Acquisitions, mergers, agreements, and constant innovation are some of the strategies adopted by the key players to address the product demand.
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The market research report provides a detailed in-depth analysis of the market. It focuses on key aspects such as leading companies, aircraft types, technologies, components, and end-users of aircraft lavatory systems. Besides this, the report offers insights into the market trends, competitive landscape, and highlights key industry developments. In addition to the aforementioned factors, the report encompasses several factors that have contributed to the growth of the developed market over recent years.
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By Aircraft Type
By End User
Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 499.1 million in 2021 and is projected to reach USD 706.9 million by 2029.
Registering a CAGR of 5.02%, the market will exhibit steady growth during the forecast period (2022-2029).
The commercial aircraft in the aircraft type segment is expected to lead this market during the forecast period due to the increasing procurement of new aircraft from Asia Pacific countries.
Collins Aerospace is the leading player in the global market.
North America dominated the market in terms of share in 2021.
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