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

The Report Covers Global Glider Aircraft Companies and is Segmented by Aircraft Type (Sailplane and Hang Glider), Propulsion (Powered and Non-powered), Application (Commercial and Military), and Geography (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World).

Glider Aircraft Market Size

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Glider Aircraft Market Summary
Study Period 2019 - 2029
Base Year For Estimation 2023
CAGR 1.78 %
Fastest Growing Market Europe
Largest Market Asia Pacific
Market Concentration Low

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*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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The glider aircraft market is anticipated to grow from USD 180.5 million in 2022 to USD 200.6 million in 2028, registering a CAGR of 1.78% during the forecast period.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, most countries imposed some restrictions on importing and exporting goods. The supply chain disruption significantly affected the companies' future growth due to the lockdown. The revenue was not being generated for the companies due to the pandemic resulting in a down surge of tourism and recreational activities, which resulted in major losses in 2021. However, the market is seeing growth with the recovery of the tourism sector in 2022 across major geographies in the North American and European regions.

The growth in enthusiasm toward adrenaline sports and recreational activities around the world is anticipated to support the growth of glider aircraft during the forecast period. The increasing investment by glider aircraft manufacturers in high-performance electric glider aircraft, coupled with advancements in materials and propulsion technologies, is expected to drive the glider aircraft market during the forecast period.

Glider Aircraft Market Trends

Commercial Segment to Dominate the Market During the Forecasted Period

The increasing enthusiasm toward adrenaline sports and the growing participation of people in outdoor recreational activities are significant factors that are currently driving the commercial glider aircraft market, especially in regions like North America, Europe, and Oceania. The growth in adventure tourism in these regions is also propelling the growth of the market as more and more people are participating in adrenaline sports and recreational activities like hang gliding, air racing, para jumping, etc. Adventure sports are gaining significance owing to the rising disposable income and a significant number of the population aged 20-60. According to the World Bank, in 2021, the population aged 15-64 was 65% of the total population globally. As per the Center for the Promotion of Imports from Developing Countries, People aged between 40 and 70 occupy two-thirds of adventure tourism. Europeans make 100 million adventure trips every year to other countries. European adventure travelers have been significantly investing in adrenaline sports. Factors such as changes in lifestyle, demographics, growing per capita income, and the increasing realization of people towards the physical and mental benefits of outdoor recreational activities are inspiring people to engage in such activities, which are currently creating a demand for the glider aircraft.

Glider Aircraft Market: Worldwide contribution of travel and tourism to gross domestic product (GDP), 2019-2022, (USD billion)

Europe to Experience the Highest Growth Rate During the Forecast Period

Europe is projected to grow with the highest CAGR during the forecast period. Europe is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world. Tourist attractions in the region, like the Alps, are home to various extreme sports, like gliding. Many countries in the region, like the United Kingdom, Switzerland, and France, have seen a lot of hang-gliding activities in the recent past. The region also has many glider aircraft manufacturers, due to the high demand for such aircraft and related equipment and services.

Europe produces one of the largest numbers of glider aircraft in the world. In Europe, much of the demand for gliding activities occurs during the summer season when the winds are not so strong. Also, the autumn and spring seasons see a fair amount of demand for gliding activities, if the winds are low. To fly a sailplane in Europe, the pilot must have an EASA glider pilot license. However, the certifications issued by foreign countries are accepted by some countries in the region. EASA is taking many measures to promote gliding activities across Europe and is also working toward simplifying the rules of gliding for easy access for reading and understanding, helping the enthusiasts. Such efforts by the regulatory bodies are expected to further boost the growth of the region during the forecast period.

: Glider Aircraft Market - Growth Rate by Region (2023 - 2028)

Glider Aircraft Industry Overview

The glider aircraft market is highly fragmented, with the presence of prominent players such as DG Aviation GmbH, Lange Aviation GmbH, Alexander Schleicher GmbH & Co., Schempp-Hirth Flugzeug-Vertriebs GmbH, Airborne Windsports, and others. The market is mainly driven by innovations, with manufacturers launching new products with advanced features to attract new customers. Moreover, several companies are building glider aircraft which are efficient across a wide speed range, faster, highly maneuverable as well as easy to handle. Companies are using sophisticated computer-aided design software, to test and analyze designs in advance, which helps them produce the most efficient aerodynamic shape with the least possible drag. Such an emphasis on innovative, safe, efficient, and high-quality product development is expected to bolster the growth prospects of the players during the forecast period.

Glider Aircraft Market Leaders

  1. Lange Aviation GmbH

  2. Alexander Schleicher GmbH & Co.

  3. DG Aviation GmbH

  4. Schempp-Hirth Flugzeug-Vertriebs GmbH

  5. Airborne Windsports

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

Glider Aircraft Market Concentration
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Glider Aircraft Market News

  • In December 2022, AURA AERO, a pioneer in decarbonized aviation signed an agreement with the French Gliding Federation to buy one INTEGRAL E, in its tricycle version. The main aim of the federation is to use this aircraft daily as a glider tow plane within a gliding club.
  • In May 2022, Serco the international provider of services to governments has been awarded a new three-year contract to continue to deliver Glider Maintenance Services for RAF Air Cadets.

Glider Aircraft 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 Type

      1. 5.1.1 Sailplane

      2. 5.1.2 Hang Glider

    2. 5.2 Propulsion

      1. 5.2.1 Powered

      2. 5.2.2 Non-powered

    3. 5.3 Application

      1. 5.3.1 Commercial

      2. 5.3.2 Military

    4. 5.4 Geography

      1. 5.4.1 North America

        1. United States

        2. Canada

      2. 5.4.2 Europe

        1. Germany

        2. United Kingdom

        3. France

        4. Rest of Europe

      3. 5.4.3 Asia-Pacific

        1. China

        2. India

        3. South Korea

        4. Australia

        5. Japan

        6. Rest of Asia-Pacific

      4. 5.4.4 Rest of the World

        1. Latin America

        2. Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Vendor Market Share

    2. 6.2 Company Profiles

      1. 6.2.1 DG Aviation GmbH

      2. 6.2.2 Lange Aviation GmbH

      3. 6.2.3 Alexander Schleicher GmbH & Co.

      4. 6.2.4 Aeros Company

      5. 6.2.5 Schempp-Hirth Flugzeug-Vertriebs GmbH

      6. 6.2.6 North Wing

      7. 6.2.7 Airborne Windsports

      8. 6.2.8 Moyes Delta Gliders

      9. 6.2.9 Bautek Fluggerte GmbH

      10. 6.2.10 Windward Performance

      11. 6.2.11 Alisport SRL

      12. 6.2.12 Allstar PZL Glider Sp. z o.o.


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Glider Aircraft Industry Segmentation

A glider is a heavier-than-air aircraft, which can be both powered and non-powered, capable of sustained flight. The free flight of the glider is supported by the dynamic reaction of the air against its lifting surfaces. Non-powered gliders do not have an engine and are generally launched with the help of other aircraft or towed by a winch. Powered gliders, also called motor gliders, have small engines for extending their flight when necessary, by sustaining the altitude. Many variants of the powered gliders also need the help of other aircraft for launching, with few having the ability to take off on their own. Hang gliders are foot-launched heavier-than-air aircraft. In a hang glider, the pilot is in a harness, suspended from the airframe, and controls the aircraft by shifting body weight in opposition to a control frame.

The glider aircraft market is segmented by type into aircraft type, propulsion, application, and geography. By aircraft type, the market is segmented into sailplanes and hang gliders. By propulsion, the market is divided into powered and non-powered. Based on application, the market is segmented into commercial and military. By geography, the market is segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and Rest of the World. The report also offers market sizes and forecasts for the glider aircraft market in major countries across all regions. For each segment, the market sizes and forecasts are represented by value (USD Million).

Hang Glider
North America
United States
United Kingdom
Rest of Europe
South Korea
Rest of Asia-Pacific
Rest of the World
Latin America
Middle-East and Africa
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Glider Aircraft Market Research FAQs

The Glider Aircraft Market is projected to register a CAGR of 1.78% during the forecast period (2024-2029)

Lange Aviation GmbH, Alexander Schleicher GmbH & Co., DG Aviation GmbH, Schempp-Hirth Flugzeug-Vertriebs GmbH and Airborne Windsports are the major companies operating in the Glider Aircraft Market.

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

In 2024, the Asia Pacific accounts for the largest market share in Glider Aircraft Market.

The report covers the Glider Aircraft Market historical market size for years: 2019, 2020, 2021, 2022 and 2023. The report also forecasts the Glider Aircraft Market size for years: 2024, 2025, 2026, 2027, 2028 and 2029.

Glider Aircraft Industry Report

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