Aircraft Electrical Systems Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Aircraft Electrical Systems Market is segmented by Platform (Commercial Aviation, Military Aviation, and General Aviation), System (Power Generation, Power Distribution, Power Conversion, and Energy Storage), and Geography.

Market Snapshot

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Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: >3 %

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Market Overview

The aircraft electrical systems market is anticipated to register a CAGR of more than 3% during the forecast period. An aircraft is a sophisticated assembly of electrical subsystems and components working in tandem to achieve desired flight parameters. An aircraft electrical system constitutes four essential sub-systems, namely power generation, distribution, conversion, and storage. These subsystems are comprised of several electrical components that help generate and conduct electrical power to all systems across the length of the aircraft.

  • The emergence of the more-electric aircraft concept revolutionized the electrical power architecture of a conventional aircraft. The more-electric architecture offers improved fuel efficiency, reduced maintenance costs, and improved reliability by the use of modern power electronics and fewer hydraulic and pneumatic components in the engine installation. Furthermore, short-range more-electric aircraft are anticipated to become viable during the upcoming period.
  • Introduction of innovative power electronics systems and installation of the electrical thrust reverser actuation system (ETRAS) and electrical braking actuation controller (EBAC) led to the integration of advanced electrical systems to ensure effective control.

Scope of the Report

To provide a comprehensive qualitative outlook, the aircraft electrical systems market considers the different players that offer either or all of the following components: primary generators, auxiliary power units (APUs) and starter generators, distribution buses, remote power distribution assembly, power conversion units, and aircraft batteries.

The scope of the study includes commercial, military, and general aviation aircraft. Market estimates are inclusive of only the line-fit aspect of the aircraft electrical systems market. Dominant market players have been selected based on their association with prominent aircraft programs for different aviation platforms.

Power Generation
Power Distribution
Power Conversion
Energy Storage
Commercial Aviation
Military Aviation
General Aviation
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
Middle-East and Africa
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

The Commercial Segment to Account for the Highest Market Share Due to High Number of Aircraft Deliveries

The 38.88% increase in global passenger traffic between 2013 and 2018 driven airline operators to initiate procurement drives and place firm orders for newer generation aircraft. In 2018, around 1,830 commercial aircraft were delivered to several airline operators across the world. Aircraft OEMs are continuously ramping their production capabilities to ensure on-time delivery to the airlines. Several new orders have been placed during 2019, which encouraged associated electrical system manufacturers and integrators to enhance their production capabilities. Some of the notable aircraft orders are:

  • In June 2019, Virgin Atlantic ordered 14 A330-900neos. During the same month, Qantas Airways Ltd (Qantas) converted its order of 26 A321neo aircraft into A321 XLR. Moreover, Qantas also extended the order to procure an additional 10 units of A321 XLRs, worth USD 1.4 billion.
  • In September 2019, KLM Royal Dutch Airlines placed a USD 751 million order for two B777-300ER aircraft. Collins Aerospace (UTC) provides the integrated drive generators and generator control units for the B777 family, while Ontic provides the integrated AC and DC motors.
  • In October 2019, Spirit Airlines and Airbus signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to purchase 100 A320s. The airline has an outstanding order for 55 A320neos, scheduled to be delivered by 2021. The A320 family features power distribution equipment from Collins Aerospace (UTC), while Meggitt PLC supplies the AC power converter, and Safran SA is the sole supplier of the integrated APU generator. 

Several commercial operators are also considering fleet expansion as part of their operational scaling strategies. For instance, Kuwait’s Jazeera Airways plans to order around 22-25 narrow-body aircraft in early 2020. Such procurement orders would drive the business prospects of the market players during the forecast period.

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Favorable Market Outlook in Asia-Pacific

The robust economic growth, coupled with favorable population and demographic profiles of the populace in developing countries, especially in the Asia-Pacific region, is driving the air passenger traffic in the region. By 2025, China is expected to become the world's largest aviation market in terms of air traffic, while India is expected to develop into the world's third-largest aviation market, by 2030. Other countries, such as Indonesia and Thailand, are anticipated to enter the top 10 global markets over the next decade.

In 2018, the Asia-Pacific region accounted for around 24% of the global military expenditure. The defense spending was directly influenced by the ongoing geopolitical rift in the region and was majorly driven by the race for achieving technological superiority over other countries. Military aviation in the region is also evolving due to the increase in defense spending from emerging economies, such as China and India. In 2018, China recorded a straight 11-year increase in annual military expenditure. During 2018, the country’s annual military expenditure accounted for 49% of the total defense expenditure in the Asia-Pacific region. China has indigenously developed the J-20, while India has made tremendous progress with the Tejas LCA. Such developments have driven the business prospects of the electric systems manufacturers and integrators in the region.

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Competitive Landscape

The aircraft electrical systems market is fragmented, and it has been witnessing the emergence of several regional Tier 1 and 2 market players that provide full lifecycle support, ranging from conceptual design and testing, to regulatory compliance certification. Hence, leading market players, such as Safran SA, Honeywell International Inc., United Technologies Corporation, GE, Meggitt PLC, and Thales Group, combine value engineering techniques, and design automation expertise to design cost-effective next-generation aircraft electrical systems. Since the design of each commercial aircraft family is moderately different from the other, an integrated electric system should be modular to allow for provisions for altering the connection layout for ensuring compatibility. In military aviation, the electrical architecture of an aircraft may be totally different from another, and it is highly dependent on the mission profile. For instance, an ISR aircraft would have provisions for integrating additional equipment, while a fighter aircraft would focus on integrating more weapon systems. This presents a design challenge for electrical system manufacturers, and it may expose the market players to financial risks, owing to the high R&D expenditure divested toward designing advanced electrical systems.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Market Drivers

    3. 4.3 Market Restraints

    4. 4.4 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      3. 4.4.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry


    1. 5.1 System

      1. 5.1.1 Power Generation

      2. 5.1.2 Power Distribution

      3. 5.1.3 Power Conversion

      4. 5.1.4 Energy Storage

    2. 5.2 Platform

      1. 5.2.1 Commercial Aviation

      2. 5.2.2 Military Aviation

      3. 5.2.3 General Aviation

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.3.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. Japan

        3. India

        4. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Mexico

        3. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. United Arab Emirates

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. South Africa

        4. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 AMETEK Inc.

      2. 6.2.2 Amphenol Corporation

      3. 6.2.3 Avionic Instruments LLC

      4. 6.2.4 Astronics Corporation

      5. 6.2.5 Crane Aerospace & Electronics

      6. 6.2.6 Esterline Technologies Corporation (Transdigm Group)

      7. 6.2.7 General Electric Company

      8. 6.2.8 Hartzell Engine Technologies LLC

      9. 6.2.9 Honeywell International Inc.

      10. 6.2.10 Meggitt PLC

      11. 6.2.11 Nabtesco Corporation

      12. 6.2.12 PBS AEROSPACE Inc.

      13. 6.2.13 Safran SA

      14. 6.2.14 Thales Group

      15. 6.2.15 United Technologies Corporation


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Aircraft Electrical Systems Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Aircraft Electrical Systems Market is growing at a CAGR of >3% over the next 5 years.

Asia Pacific is growing at the highest CAGR over 2021- 2026.

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Meggitt PLC, United Technologies Corporation, General Electric Company, Honeywell International Inc., Thales Group are the major companies operating in Aircraft Electrical Systems Market.

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