Aircraft Engine MRO Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Aircraft Engine MRO Market is segmented by Engine Type (Turbine Engine and Piston Engine), Application (Commercial Aviation, Military Aviation, and General Aviation), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle-East and Africa).

Market Snapshot

Aircraft Engine MRO Market Overview
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
Fastest Growing Market: Asia Pacific
Largest Market: North America
CAGR: 5.7 %

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Market Overview

The aircraft engine MRO market was valued at about USD 37.24 billion in 2020, and it is projected to grow to approximately USD 54.71 billion in 2026 with a CAGR of approximately 5.7% during the forecast period (2021-2026).

The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the aircraft engine MRO market has been significant. As a result of a large number of stored aircraft and lower utilization, the aircraft engine MRO demand significantly dropped in 2020. However, as the airlines are slowly increasing their fleet utilization rate, the demand is expected to recover to 2019 levels by 2023.

The rapid fleet expansion plans of the airlines and military forces are anticipated to boost further the growth of the aircraft engine MRO market during the forecast period.

The aging military aircraft fleet in some countries may generate significant demand, as some of these countries have plans to extend the service life of these aging aircraft due to a lack of defense funding.

The introduction of newer generation engines in new aircraft is anticipated to increase the aircraft engine further MRO demand. The new engines will have more expensive material requirements than the older generation aircraft.

Scope of the Report

The engine maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) involve the repair, service, or inspection of engines to ensure the safety and airworthiness of the aircraft by international standards. The market is segmented based on engine type into turbine engine and piston engine. The turbine engine is further segmented into turboprop, turbofan, and turboshaft engines. By application, the market is segmented into commercial aviation, military aviation, and general aviation. The report also covers the market sizes and forecasts for the market in major countries across different regions. The market size and forecasts have been provided in value (USD billion). The market also includes the component-level maintenance checks of engines.

Engine Type
Turbine Engine
Piston Engine
Commercial Aviation
Military Aviation
General Aviation
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Latin America
Rest of Latin America
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

The Commercial Aviation Segment Dominates the Market in Terms of Market Share

The commercial aviation segment currently has the highest market share, and it is expected to continue its dominance during the forecast period. This is majorly due to the large fleet of commercial aviation compared to military aviation and the high cost of engine maintenance cost compared to general aviation. Several new contracts have been signed in recent years for the maintenance of aircraft engines between airlines and MRO service providers. For instance, in December 2019, Japan Transocean Air signed a 15-year engine Maintenance-By-the-Hour (MBHTM) agreement with ST Engineering to provide a wide range of engine MRO solutions like on-wing services, maintenance support, and technical support to the Boeing 737NG fleet of the airline from 2020. In addition to this, the MRO service providers are also expanding their presence in various countries to cater to the growing demand for commercial engine MRO services. In this regard, in October 2020, Lufthansa Technik opened a new mobile engine services facility in Dublin. The new 6,400 sq. ft. facility began providing services to CFM56-5B and the CFM56-7B engines in Airbus A320 classic and Boeing 737 family aircraft, respectively. Such expansions are expected to accelerate the growth of the segment in the coming years.

Aircraft Engine MRO Market Latest Trends

Asia-Pacific is Expected to Generate the Highest Demand During the Forecast Period

Asia-Pacific has experienced a significant growth in the total aircraft fleet over the past decade, which has increased the demand for engine MRO services. This has resulted in several MRO service providers from the United States and Europe establishing their maintenance facilities in this region. Also, in order to reduce the overseas maintenance cost, several airlines have partnered with engine MRO service providers to develop in-house capabilities. In January 2021, MTU Maintenance, the MRO division of the MTU Aero Engines, signed a five-year contract with Air Sial, a new Pakistan-based airline for the maintenance, repair, and overhaul of the V2500 engines onboard the fleet of three Airbus A320 aircraft. The contract also includes the provision of engine trend monitoring, on-site services, and lease engine support along with technical training to the airline. In addition to this, the majority of the armed forces in the region are currently using aging military aircraft. Due to this, there has been an increased demand for maintenance services from the military sector. For instance, since 2019, Aero International, in collaboration with Boeing Defense Australia (BDA), has been providing repair services to CFM56 engines of six Boeing 737 Wedgetail aircraft operated by the Royal Australian Air Force. Such long-term agreements are expected to propel the growth of the market during the forecast period.

Aircraft Engine MRO Market Growth Rate by Region

Competitive Landscape

The prominent players in the aircraft engine MRO market are Lufthansa Technik, Rolls-Royce Holding PLC, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, General Electric Company, and Safran SA. The major engine MRO providers are entering into long-term partnerships or forming joint ventures to grow their engine MRO customers. For instance, in February 2021, Hindustan Aeronautics Ltd (HAL) and Rolls-Royce signed an agreement to collaborate on expanding the supply chain for the civil and defense aerospace market as well as establish an authorized maintenance center for Adour Mk871 engines. Moreover, the use of advanced technology for providing maintenance services may help these companies attract new customers by reducing their maintenance costs. On that note, in November 2020, Rolls Royce announced that the company is investing in Reinstate project to develop 20 emerging technologies (like deployment of snake robots into engines to access and repair complex parts and embedded cameras, among others) aimed to enhance the engine maintenance processes while reducing airline disruption and environmental impacts. However, the long-term contracts of the established players with the armed forces and airlines may act as a barrier for new players to enter the market.

Recent Developments

In May 2020, the US Air Force announced its plan to replace engines of the B-52 bomber fleet with new engines under the B-52 Commercial Engine Replacement Program. The air force is in talks with General Electric, Rolls-Royce, and Pratt & Whitney, and the contract is expected to be awarded to the companies by June 2021.

In March 2021, Sichuan Airlines signed an agreement with MTU Maintenance to provide engine MRO for V2500 and CFM56-5B engines of the airline. The agreement includes the provision of services to 259 engines along with the delivery of spare parts over a period of five years. The services will be provided at maintenance facilities of MTU Maintenance at Zhuhai, Hannover, and Vancouver. As of March 2020, the airline operated 119 A320 family aircraft (A319, A320, and A321) that use V2500 and CFM56-5B engines.

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 Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.4.1 Bargaining Power of Buyers/Consumers

      2. 4.4.2 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      3. 4.4.3 Threat of New Entrants

      4. 4.4.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.4.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size by Value - USD billion)

    1. 5.1 Engine Type

      1. 5.1.1 Turbine Engine

        1. Turboprop

        2. Turbofan

        3. Turboshaft

      2. 5.1.2 Piston Engine

    2. 5.2 Application

      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. United Kingdom

        2. France

        3. Germany

        4. Russia

        5. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.3.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. Japan

        4. South Korea

        5. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.3.4 Latin America

        1. Brazil

        2. Rest of Latin America

      5. 5.3.5 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. United Arab Emirates

        3. Egypt

        4. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Lufthansa Technik

      2. 6.2.2 Rolls-Royce Holding PLC

      3. 6.2.3 Raytheon Technologies Corporation

      4. 6.2.4 General Electric Company

      5. 6.2.5 Safran SA

      6. 6.2.6 Singapore Technologies Engineering Ltd

      7. 6.2.7 TAP Maintenance and Engineering

      8. 6.2.8 Delta Air Lines Inc.

      9. 6.2.9 Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company Limited (HAECO)

      10. 6.2.10 MTU Aero Engines AG

      11. 6.2.11 Textron Inc.

      12. 6.2.12 Honeywell International Inc.

      13. 6.2.13 Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Aircraft Engine MRO Market market is studied from 2018 - 2026.

The Aircraft Engine MRO Market is growing at a CAGR of 5.7% over the next 5 years.

The Aircraft Engine MRO Market is valued at 37 Billion USD in 2018.

The Aircraft Engine MRO Market is valued at 54 Billion USD in 2026.

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

North America holds highest share in 2020.

Lufthansa Technik, Rolls-Royce Holding PLC, General Electric Company, Safran SA, Raytheon Technologies Corporation are the major companies operating in Aircraft Engine MRO Market.

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