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Civil Aviation Flight Training and Simulation Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)
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|Civil Aviation Flight Training and Simulation Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2021 - 2026)|
|Published: April 21, 2021||Content info: 146 Pages||
The Civil Aviation Flight Training and Simulation Market was valued at USD 1.15 billion in 2020 and is projected to reach USD 3.10 billion in 2026 with a CAGR of 17.85% during the forecast period (2021-2026).
Prior to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, airlines were aggressively expanding their global networks and adding several new aircraft to their fleet every year. However, the situation has changed in 2020 due to the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, as several pilots have lost their jobs due to the grounding of the airline fleet to curb the spread of the virus. Nevertheless, things are expected to come to normalcy by 2023. Subsequently, the demand for pilots may return to the pre-crisis levels.
The aviation industry has witnessed a growing global pilot demand over the years, which, in turn, has led to high demand for training aircraft and simulators in flight schools. On the other hand, many airlines are facing the issue of the pilot shortage, which is affecting their daily operations. Generally, flights with a duration of more than 12 hours require a team of four pilots. However, several airlines are still operating such long-haul routes with three pilots due to a shortage in pilots. The unavailability of trained pilots to cater to the ever-growing demand is generating demand for pilot training globally.
Fixed-wing Aircraft Segment is Projected to Dominate the Market During The Forecast Period
By aircraft type, the fixed-wing segment held the largest market share in 2020, and it is further expected to dominate the market throughout the forecast period. Prior to the advent of the COVID-19 pandemic, the growth in global air passenger traffic has encouraged the fleet expansion programs of several airlines while the potential business opportunities have also led to the entry of new airline operators to cater to the demand on new routes. With the global unique city pairs growing gradually each year to cross 22,000 in 2019, airlines have invested over USD 1 trillion toward the procurement of new aircraft in the last 10 years. The procurement of new aircraft for both commercial and general aviation has created a pilot shortage over the years. As per Boeing's 2020 edition of the Pilot & Technician Outlook, the global demand for pilots is forecasted to be around 763,000 during the next couple of decades. The margin of the shortfall between the demand and supply of pilots has fostered the establishment of several flight training institutes across the world, which procure flight simulation and training equipment to provide certified training services to aviation aspirants. Though the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in pilot furloughing in 2020, airlines are now focusing on long-term growth strategies and have re-started collaborating with pilot training schools to obtain airline-specific training to the pilots. On this note, in February 2021, IndiGo signed a Cadet Pilot Program with Chimes Aviation Academy, as per which 15 cadets will be trained over the period of next 2-2.5 years and will then be inducted into the airline as pilots. Such developments are envisioned to bolster the growth prospects of the fixed-wing aircraft segment of the market in focus during the forecast period.
North America is Expected to Dominate the Market During the Forecast Period
The North America region held the largest market share in 2020, mainly due to a large aviation market in the US. Air passenger traffic in the country increased at a rapid pace in the past decade, which also generated the need for airlines to expand, in terms of fleet size and new routes. According to the Bureau of Transportation Statistics, in 2019, the US airlines carried 925.5 million passengers, a growth of about 4.1% compared to 2018. However, the COVID-19 has greatly affected the airline demand in the region, with the passenger traffic coming down to 369 million in 2020. According to the FAA, the total number of pilots in the United States has drastically reduced since 1990, and it reached 584,000 by 2016 compared to 700,000 in 1990. However, in the last few years, the number improved and reached 666,565 in 2019. Though the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in furloughing of pilots in the region in 2020, a large demand for pilots in the region is anticipated in the latter half of the forecast period. Hence several airlines have taken measures to increase their pilot training capabilities. In February 2020, United Airlines announced its plan to purchase a flight-training academy in Phoenix to speed up the hiring of more than 10,000 pilots by the next decade, as about half of its aviators approach the federally mandated retirement age of 65. The new COVID-19 relief package, announced in March 2021, grants a further USD 14 billion to support major US airlines and guarantees staff jobs. Following the package announcement, United Airlines and American Airlines have confirmed that the package would prevent the need to furlough staff, which is expected to help the pilots in the region.
The civil aviation flight training and simulation market is moderately fragmented. CAE Inc. is the simulator manufacturer on top as the global market leader, mainly due to its huge geographical presence and brand image. L3Harris Technologies Inc., TRU Simulation + Training Inc., FlightSafety International, and The Boeing Company are also some of the other prominent players in the market. Simulation and Training providers and equipment manufacturers constantly strive to build brand reputation and reach out to geographic extremes to attract more customers. Flight schools are looking for long-term collaborations with the airlines and aircraft operators for the pilot training programs, which will help them make sustainable revenues for longer durations. There is a growing demand for simulators that can be re-configured or possibly be upgraded to support newer aircraft models, and the focus on manufacturing such simulators will drive the growth of the players during the forecast period.