Commercial Aircraft Disassembly Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)

The Commercial Aircraft Disassembly Market is Segmented by Application (Disassembly and Dismantling, Recycling and Storage, Used Serviceable Material, and Rotable Parts), Aircraft Type (Narrow Body, Widebody, and Regional Jets), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America, and Middle-East and Africa). The Report Offers Market Size and Forecast for all the Above Segments in Value (USD).

Commercial Aircraft Disassembly Market Size

Commercial Aircraft Disassembly Market Summary
Study Period 2019-2029
Market Size (2024) USD 6.65 Billion
Market Size (2029) USD 9.07 Billion
CAGR (2024 - 2029) 6.39 %
Fastest Growing Market Asia Pacific
Largest Market North America

Major Players

Commercial Aircraft Disassembly Market Major Players

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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Commercial Aircraft Disassembly Market Analysis

The Commercial Aircraft Disassembly Market size is estimated at USD 6.65 billion in 2024, and is expected to reach USD 9.07 billion by 2029, growing at a CAGR of 6.39% during the forecast period (2024-2029).

  • According to Oliver Wyman's MRO outlook, the average age of commercial aircraft will decline dramatically over the next decade as airlines renew their fleets with more fuel-efficient models. This will drive average annual retirements to increase by 20-25% compared to the previous decade.
  • With the aviation industry aiming at utilizing sustainable efforts, the recycling of aircraft parts from end-of-life aircraft is becoming increasingly popular. Engine MRO service providers and leasing companies are witnessing an increasing demand for some types of older engines in their portfolios, such as the Rolls-Royce Trent 700 and the Airbus A330 Powerplant, owing to lower fuel prices that have encouraged airlines to fly their aircraft for longer durations.
  • However, the use of expensive alloys in the recycling process increases the overall cost of the process, which is a challenge to the market growth.

Commercial Aircraft Disassembly Market Trends

Narrow Body Segment to Dominate Market Share During the Forecast Period

  • Narrow body segment is expected to hold the largest market share primarily due to the airlines' widespread use of narrow-body aircraft for both short and medium-haul routes. Advanced capabilities coupled with various other advantages such as low cost of operation and fuel efficiency in short-haul routes have led to narrow-body aircraft being the most preferred type of aircraft to be used by various low-cost carrier companies worldwide.
  • Moreover, the success of the low-cost carrier business model has generated a massive demand for newer-generation narrow-body aircraft in recent years due to their advantages. Technological advancements in newer-generation narrow-body aircraft are making it possible to fly longer distances. Boeing’s B737 and Airbus A320 are two of the most-sold aircraft narrow body aircraft. 
  • For instance, in December 2022, Air India announced that they are close to completing a deal to order more than 200 Boeing aircraft, which includes 190 narrowbody Boeing B737 MAX aircraft, as a part of a historic fleet expansion that will be split with Airbus. The return of the Boeing B737 MAX into service in late 2020 will also help the growth of the narrow-body segment.
Commercial Aircraft Disassembly Market: Commercial Aircraft Deliveries, in Units, 2018-2022

Asia-Pacific to Witness Highest Growth During the Forecast Period

  • The robust economic growth, favorable population, and demographic profiles of the populace in developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region are driving the air passenger traffic in the region. The region has seen a significant increase in air passenger traffic during the past decade, mostly due to the tourist destinations in the region and the ease of access to air travel, which is expected to continue during the forecast period.
  • In addition to China and India, which are two of the largest aviation markets in the world, countries like Indonesia, Vietnam, Thailand, and the Philippines are experiencing an unprecedented increase in air passenger traffic from tourists exploring cheaper holiday locations.
  • As airlines in this region modernize their fleets, demand for aircraft disassembly and recycling services is expected to rise. For instance, in September 2022, China Airlines announced that they had finalized an order for up to 24 Boeing B787 Dreamliners, as the carrier looks forward to continuing to upgrade its fleet with more modern and fuel-efficient airplanes.
  • According to the Airbus Outlook, 2320 aircraft will retire between 2023 and 2042 in China as a result of continuous fleet modernization. Thus, such modernizing efforts will create growing market opportunities to reuse, repair, and recycle older aircraft and contribute to a circular economy.
Commercial Aircraft Disassembly Market: Market CAGR (%), By Region, Global, 2023

Commercial Aircraft Disassembly Industry Overview

The commercial aircraft disassembly market is consolidated with a handful of players owing the major market share. The major players operating in the commercial aircraft disassembly, dismantling & recycling market are Ascent Aviation Services, A J Walter Aviation Ltd., AAR, AerCap Holdings N.V., and Air Salvage International Ltd.

These major players operating in this market have adopted various strategies comprising mergers and acquisitions, investment in R&D, collaborations, partnerships, regional business expansion, and new product launches. Collaborative partnerships between aircraft manufacturers, airlines, recycling companies, and regulatory bodies have emerged as a driving force behind the expansion of the commercial aircraft disassembly, dismantling, and recycling market.

Commercial Aircraft Disassembly Market Leaders

  1. Ascent Aviation Services

  2. A J Walter Aviation Ltd.

  3. AerCap Holdings N.V.

  4. AAR

  5. Air Salvage International Ltd

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Commercial Aircraft Disassembly Market Concentration
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Commercial Aircraft Disassembly Market News

  • June 2023: Ascent Aviation Services opened a new aircraft disassembly and dismantling facility in Arizona. This facility will help to meet the growing demand for aircraft recycling services in the United States.
  • April 2023: AAR acquired the assets of Aircraft End-of-Life Solutions (AELS), a leading provider of aircraft disassembly and recycling services in Europe. The acquisition expands AAR's global footprint in the aircraft recycling market, and it gives the company access to AELS's expertise in composite recycling.

Commercial Aircraft Disassembly Market Report - 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 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 By Application

      1. 5.1.1 Disassembly and Dismantling

      2. 5.1.2 Recycling and Storage

      3. 5.1.3 Used Serviceable Material

      4. 5.1.4 Rotable Parts

    2. 5.2 By Aircraft Type

      1. 5.2.1 Narrow-body Aircraft

      2. 5.2.2 Wide-body Aircraft

      3. 5.2.3 Regional Jets

    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. India

        2. China

        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. United Arab Emirates

        2. Saudi Arabia

        3. Israel

        4. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 Ascent Aviation Services

      2. 6.2.2 A J Walter Aviation Limited

      3. 6.2.3 AAR

      4. 6.2.4 AerCap Holdings N.V.

      5. 6.2.5 AerSale, Inc.

      6. 6.2.6 Air Salvage International Ltd

      7. 6.2.7 Aircraft End-of-Life Solutions AELS

      8. 6.2.8 Magellan Aerospace

      9. 6.2.9 CAVU Aerospace Inc.

      10. 6.2.10 China Aircraft Leasing Group Holdings Ltd


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Commercial Aircraft Disassembly Industry Segmentation

The commercial aircraft disassembly market involves the process of removing and dismantling decommissioned aircraft and reusing their parts as spare parts or scrap metal.

The commercial aircraft disassembly market is segmented by application, aircraft type, and geography. By application, the market is segmented into disassembly and dismantling, recycling and storage, used serviceable material (USM), and rotatable parts. By aircraft type, the market is segmented into narrow-body, widebody, and regional jets. The report also covers the market sizes and forecasts for the commercial aircraft disassembly market in major countries across different regions. 

For each segment, the market size is provided in terms of value (USD).

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Commercial Aircraft Disassembly Market Research FAQs

The Commercial Aircraft Disassembly Market size is expected to reach USD 6.65 billion in 2024 and grow at a CAGR of 6.39% to reach USD 9.07 billion by 2029.

In 2024, the Commercial Aircraft Disassembly Market size is expected to reach USD 6.65 billion.

Ascent Aviation Services, A J Walter Aviation Ltd., AerCap Holdings N.V., AAR and Air Salvage International Ltd are the major companies operating in the Commercial Aircraft Disassembly Market.

Asia Pacific is estimated to grow at the highest CAGR over the forecast period (2024-2029).

In 2024, the North America accounts for the largest market share in Commercial Aircraft Disassembly Market.

In 2023, the Commercial Aircraft Disassembly Market size was estimated at USD 6.23 billion. The report covers the Commercial Aircraft Disassembly Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Commercial Aircraft Disassembly Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

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Commercial Aircraft Disassembly Market Size & Share Analysis - Growth Trends & Forecasts (2024 - 2029)