Aircraft seat is an indispensable component of passenger based aircraft spanning short distance as well as long distance travel since the inception of aviation industry. The product has witnessed numerous developments in the field of design. Guidelines related to aircraft safety and seat spacing set by Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) strictly focuses on safety rather than comfort and robustness of aircraft seats during the clash or emergency and easy evacuation of passengers. However, comfort of service has become an important issue with rapid technology development owing to long distance air travel which may cause both psychological and physiological discomfort to boarded passengers. Sleeping is one of the common activity during the long haul flight which makes passenger comfort a major factor in user’s acceptance of transportation systems.
The passenger comfort is dependent on environment and different features during air travel, thus making seat comfort as a subjective issue. Aviation industry being highly competitive makes airlines to maximize the number of seats which results in a very limited amount of seating space for passengers. Furthermore, to make aircraft seat more comfortable, materials with good corrosion resistance, machinability & formability, high mechanical strength, low density to reduce weight, and significant extensions to avoid brittle fracture are taken into consideration. Moreover, with keeping safety as their first priority, many airliners are now focusing on emphasizing cabin designs offering passengers more options for work and leisure through premium seats with more space and entertainment systems.
Aircraft Seat Market:Dynamics, Segmentation, Region-wise Outlook and Market Participants:
Growing passenger traffic and aviation industry are the prime factors which are expected to enhance the growth of global aircraft seat market during the forecast period. Furthermore, modernization of aircrafts to meet passenger’s comfort requirement is anticipated to fuel the growth of global aircraft seat market over the forecast period. Moreover, factors such as need for lightweight material seats that effect aircraft’s fuel efficiency and performance are expected to witness substantial growth of global aircraft seat market over the next decade. Regular replacement and refurbishment of aircraft seats which helps airlines to maintain their brand image and customer retention is further expected to be the growth factor in the global aircraft seat market.
Construction and maintenance costs of an aircraft seat is quite expensive owing to labour intensive operations which is anticipated to hamper the growth of global aircraft seat market during the forecast period. Furthermore, requirement of ideal condition between weight and overall service costs is another factors estimated to hinder the aircraft seat market growth during the forecast period. The global aircraft seat market is segmented into aircraft type, class type, and fit-type; On the basis of aircraft type, global aircraft seat market is segmented into: Narrow-body, Regional Jets, Wide-body, Turboprop; On the basis of class type, global aircraft seat market is segmented into: Economy Class, Business Class, First Class; On the basis of fit-type, global aircraft seat market is segmented into: Retro-fit, Line-fit
North America is estimated to dominate the global aircraft seat market owing to significant domestic and international aircraft movements in over 2000 airports in U.S. alone. U.S. accounts for over 40% share in the list of top 100 busiest airports in the world owing to growing tourism, business, and domestic travel. Asia Pacific is expected to witness substantial growth in the global aircraft seat market owing to growing passenger traffic in China, India, Thailand, and Malaysia and demand from passengers for comfortable and upgraded seats. Europe is expected to account for over one-fourth of the total aircraft seat market due to large aircraft movements in its major airports in U.K., Germany, France, Russia, and other major countries which accounts for over 60% domestic passengers. Latin America and Middle East & Africa is expected to contribute significant role in the growth of aircraft seat market during the forecast period.
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Some of the market participants in the global aircraft seat market are: RECARO GROUP, Acro Aircraft Seating, LIFT by EnCore, Geven S.p.A., Rockwell Collins, Inc., Thompson Aero Seating Ltd., Aviointeriors S.p.A., ZODIAC AEROSPACE, ZANKER PROMOTION GMBH, PITCH AIRCRAFT SEATING SYSTEMS, STELIA Aerospace, HAECO Group, TENRYU AERO COMPONENT CO., LTD.