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Aircraft Line Maintenance Market Size, Share & COVID-19 Impact Analysis, By Type (Transit Checks, and Routine Checks), By Aircraft Type (Commercial, Military), By Platform (Traditional Line Maintenance, Digital Line Maintenance), By Service (Engine and APU Service, Component Replacement and Rigging Services, Aircraft On Ground Service, and Others) and Regional Forecasts, 2020-2027

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The global aircraft line maintenance market size was valued at USD 20.21 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 23.67 billion by 2027, exhibiting a CAGR of 5.06% during the forecast period.

Line and base maintenance are the two ways implemented for aircraft maintenance in which line maintenance is widely adopted since the activities are mostly carried out during the ongoing service of the aircraft.  The market is expected to grow during the forecast period, owing to the rising fleet size across the globe. Moreover, the rise in concerns for public safety is the major factor driving the growth of the market. Developments in the MRO sector has had a vital impact on the aircraft line maintenance market.


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Implementation of AI in the Aviation Industry to Boost Growth

The use of artificial intelligence in aircraft maintenance has led to a decrease in maintenance and aircraft failures. AI can predict maintenance failures in aircraft before any mishap occurs. Companies such as Ameco, STS Aviation Group, Inc., United Airlines, Inc., and others are widely implementing AI-based systems and equipment in aircraft line maintenance.  The growing implementation of smart AI-based solutions by companies will encourage the growth of the market. Companies such as Fanuc Corporation is involved in designing and developing advanced AI-based robots. In April 2018, Fanuc corporation partnered with Preferred Network, Inc. and developed new AI-based functions such as machine learning and deep learning in the Fanuc Corporation product portfolio. The company offers a wide range of products such as FA, ROBOT, and ROBOMACHINE. In the case of FA, the AI servo tuning function is used. In ROBOT, AI bin picking function is implemented. Similarly, in the case of ROBO MACHINE, AI thermal displacement compensation function is implemented in robots. These have helped to improve the efficiency of the aircraft line maintenance.

Integration of IoT in The Aircraft Maintenance Services Enhances the Operational Efficiency

With an increase in air traffic across the globe, the demand for aircraft maintenance continues to rise. Integration of IoT helps to minimize maintenance delays and thus optimize the maintenance process. Wearable technologies are a by-product of IoT, and they ensure that MRO services evolve with market trends and industry regulations. Utilization of technologies such as google glass or pebble watch provides more immediate responses to critical issues encountered by aircraft.


Increase in Global Fleet Size Expected to Boost the Growth Of The Market

The number of people traveling through the air across the globe has increased over the past few years. Owing to the rise in economic activity, demand for travel & tourism, urbanization, and ease of travel, has led in the growth of global air passenger traffic. Thus, the rise in global air passenger traffic has led to an increase in global fleet size. This has propelled the demand for line maintenance in the upcoming years. According to the International Air Transport Association (IATA), in China will replace the U.S. as the largest passenger traffic worldwide by end of 2024. China is expected to have additional 817 million passengers leads to total of 1.3 billion air passengers. This will facilitate the aircraft line maintenance market growth during the forecast period.

Outsourcing of Line Maintenance Services to Fuel Market Demand

The global aircraft fleet is expanding at a high level, which has led to the expansion of expenditure in the aircraft maintenance, repair, and MRO industry. Due to fierce competition, outsourcing aircraft maintenance has become a better option for many airlines. Outsourcing unburdens airlines from the labor cost along with maintenance costs. When the airlines outsource, they have access to more facilities in various parts of the world from different maintenance organizations, which not only saves time but also boosts operational efficiency.


Sever Impact of Covid-19 Outbreak on the Aviation Industry

The global airport industry has faced with multi-billion-dollar losses in the first quarter of 2020, but it is predicted that the impact of COVID-19 will extend till 2021. The recovery may take a year or more to reach pre-COVID-19 air traffic levels, and the industry may not achieve pre-COVID-19 traffic volumes again before the end of 2021. In corresponding with the ongoing crisis in Asia-Pacific, there is also a major impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in several European and the Middle East countries. Thus, these regions are also anticipated to be considerably impacted by traffic downfall.

Availability of Skilled Workforce in the Aviation MRO Industry

Many new aircraft are expected to enter into service by 2027, this rise in the number of aircraft increases not only the workload of aviation mechanics but also the skillset required to support the expanding fleet. The increase in the global fleet size is outpacing the maintenance technician supply. This shortage of labor may drive up the maintenance cost and increase turnaround times for maintenance, which results in slow growth for the industry and is a restraining factor for the market.

Lack of standardize Aviation Data and Risks Associated with Cyber-security

Airlines are responsible for protecting their trade secrets, data of the passengers, and also the lives of the passengers. Airlines today face an ever-changing field of cyberattacks from criminals of all kinds, which has made ensuring the safety of the passengers more challenging than ever.

The largest-ever breach happened in the airline industry was the Cathay Pacific’s data breach, which demonstrates the importance of cybersecurity in the aviation industry. Passengers lost faith in the airline’s promise of the safety of the passengers, and the company’s stock value stumped. Thus, cybersecurity acts as a crucial factor for the market, and the risks associated with it may result in a drop in the aircraft line maintenance market.


By Type Analysis

Routine Checks Segment Expected to Dominate the Global Market

Based on type, the market is segmented into transit checks and routine checks. The routine check segment is expected to grow at a higher CAGR than the transit check segment during the forecast period.

Routine checks of an aircraft include service checks, overnight checks, pre-flight checks, post-flight checks, and weekly checks. An aircraft is required to change oils or fluids such as hydraulic fluid, engine oil, starter oil, and generator drive fluids every 155 hours of the flight. Owing to the rise in the number of flights per aircraft, the demand for routine checks of the aircraft is increasing and is predicted to lead the market growth. The routine checks market segment is also expected to hold a larger market share in 2019.

By Aircraft Type Analysis

Commercial Segment Anticipated being the Largest Segment of the Market

Based on aircraft type, the market is divided into commercial aircraft and military aircraft. The commercial aircraft segment is anticipated to dominate the market through the forecast period. The commercial aircraft is further classified into narrow body, wide body, regional jets, and freight. The narrow body aircraft segment is predicted to lead the market growth owing to increased deliveries of narrow-body aircraft across the globe.

By Platform Analysis

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Traditional Line Maintenance Segment To Dominate The Market

Based on the platform, the market is bifurcated into traditional line maintenance and digital line maintenance. In 2019, traditional line maintenance was estimated to be a larger segment in the market. Digital line maintenance is projected to be the fastest-growing segment during the forecast period owing to the rise in technological developments and an increase in demand for IoT and AI in the market.

By Service Analysis

Traditional Line Maintenance Segment To Dominate The Market

Based on service, the market is segmented into engine and APU service, component replacement and rigging services, aircraft on ground service, and others. In 2019, the engine and APU service segment were estimated to be the largest,and the fastest-growing segment in the market isowing to the rise in technological developments and an increase in demand for IoT and AI for engine maintenance service.


North America Aircraft Line Maintenance Market Size, 2019 (USD Billion)

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The findings based on our research methodology indicate the Asia Pacific expected to be the fastest-growing region owing to the rise in aircraft deliveries and aircraft production in the region. However, the recent outbreak of COVID-19 is projected to decrease China’s economy in the first quarter of 2020. According to IATA, by 2035, an additional 1.8 billion passengers will be transported annually. The total passenger transport in the Asia Pacific will be around 3.1 billion. Thus, this rise in passenger traffic will boost the demand for aircraft line maintenance in the upcoming years.

The increase in technological investments by key players in North America is expected to hold the largest market share in 2019. The presence of key aircraft line maintenance service providers such as STS Aviation Group, Inc., United Airlines, Inc., and Delta TechOps will drive the growth of the market.

Europe is predicted to play a vital role in the growth of the market owing to the increase in demand for upgrading the existing aircraft systems and replacing them with new aircraft systems. The designing and development of research and development capabilities for the advanced systems and equipment for line maintenance in Europe is expected to propel the growth of the European market.


Technologically Advanced Aircraft Line Maintenance Systems to Propel the Market

The competitive landscape of the aircraft line maintenance system market depicts the domination of selected players such as United Airlines, Inc., ANA Line Maintenance Technics Co., Ltd., BCT Aviation Maintenance Ltd, and among others. These companies are focusing on designing and developing advanced autonomous maintenance solutions. Moreover, these companies are expanding its geographic reach in Asian countries in the near future.



  • In July 2021, Wright International, a subsidiary of FL Technics, and Flair Airlines have announced the start of a partnership, covering line maintenance services for the fleet of 13 Boeing B737 MAX 8 aircraft at Toronto Pearson Airport and the Region of Waterloo International Airport.

  • In May 2021, dnata, a leading global air and travel services provider, has partnered with Global Jet Technic (GJT). The company will provide best-in-class line maintenance, ground handling, cargo and technical services to airlines in Dubai. The dnata will offer reliable services to GJT’s 150 customers at Dubai International (DXB) and Dubai World Central (DWC) airports.

  • In February 2021, Rolls-Royce and Uganda Airlines signed a TotalCare agreement for Airbus A330neo. The carrier received two A330neo aircraft in December 2020 and January 2021. The airline will be charged on a dollar-per-flying-hour payment mechanism. It will keep the engines on the wings and in service, as well as minimize operational disruptions by enhancing aircraft availability

  • In January 2021, Virgin Atlantic Airways has inked a three-year agreement with UK-based Aeropeople Engineering Services to manage cabin interior maintenance, repair and refurbishment across the airline’s fleet. Aeropeople, specializes in line maintenance services and will set up a line maintenance operation of around 80 people based at London Heathrow Airport.


The aircraft line maintenance market report provides a detailed analysis of the market and focuses on key aspects such as leading companies, product types, and leading applications of the product.

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Besides this, the report offers insights into the market trends, the status of regional markets, and highlights key industry developments. Research analysts have used different methods such as swot analysis, porter’s five forces analysis, and others to understand the competitive scenario of the market. In addition to the factors mentioned above, the report encompasses several factors that have contributed to the growth of the market over recent years.

Report Scope & Segmentation



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By Type

  • Transit Checks

  • Routine Checks

By Aircraft Type

  • Commercial

    • Narrow Body

    • Wide Body

    • Regional Jets

    • Freight

  • Military

By Platform

  • Traditional Line Maintenance

  • Digital Line Maintenance

By Service

  • Engine and APU Service

  • Component Replacement and Rigging Services

  • Aircraft On Ground Service

  • Others

By Geography

  • North America (the U.S. and Canada)

  • Europe (the U.K., Germany, France, Italy, and Rest of Europe)

  • Asia-Pacific (Japan, China, India, Australia, and Rest of Asia- Pacific)

  • The Middle East and Africa (The UAE, Saudi Arabia, and the Rest of the Middle East and Africa)

  • South America (Brazil, Argentina, and Rest of South America)




Frequently Asked Questions

Fortune Business Insights says that the global market size was USD 20.21 billion in 2019 and is projected to reach USD 23.67 billion by 2027.

In 2019, the market value stood at USD 20.21 billion.

Growing at a CAGR of 5.06%, the market will decline in 2020 owing to the COVID-19 outbreak and is predicted to start recovering from the end of 2021.

The commercial segment is expected to be the leading segment in this market during the forecast period.

North America dominated the market share in 2019.

Implementation of ai in aviation industry to boost growth, inspection with the help if drones, and adoption of MRO software by service providers.

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