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

The Middle-East and Africa Aircraft MRO Market is segmented by MRO Type (Airframe MRO, Engine MRO, Component and Modifications MRO, and Line Maintenance), End-User (Commercial​, Military​, General Aviation), and Geography. The report offers market size and forecast for Middle-East and Africa Aircraft MRO in value (in USD million) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

Middle-East and Africa Aircraft MRO Market  Summary
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: >4 %

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Market Overview

The Middle-East and Africa Aircraft MRO Market is projected to grow with a CAGR of over 4% during the forecast period (2022 - 2027). 

The COVID-19 pandemic has significantly impacted the revenue streams of the major full-service carriers in the region, as they rely immensely on international travel. While domestic travel has witnessed a significant rebound worldwide, the domestic market is significantly smaller in Middle-East compared to other regions of the world. On the other hand, several African airlines have filed for bankruptcy and are seeking government aid to recover. Several airlines in the region have opted for early retirement of the aircraft to reduce operational and maintenance expenses, in the first year of the pandemic.

On the other hand, in the military sector, regional economic powers, such as Saudi Arabia, Israel, Turkey, Iran, and Egypt, are spending significant amounts on the procurement of new aircraft. Several countries, especially in the African region, are also focusing on the procurement of refurbished aircraft and the upgrading of the existing military aircraft fleet. This factor is significantly driving the growth of the military aircraft MRO market in the region.

Scope of the Report

Aircraft MRO includes tasks performed to ensure the continuing airworthiness of an aircraft and its parts. MRO service providers perform overhaul, inspection, replacement, defect rectification, and the embodiment of modifications, in compliance with airworthiness directives and repair.​ The market is segmented by MRO type​ into airframe MRO, engine MRO, component and modifications MRO, and line maintenance and by application into commercial aviation, military aviation, and general aviation. The report covers the market size and forecast in major countries in the Middle-East and Africa region. The market size and forecasts have been provided in value (USD billion).

MRO Type
Airframe MRO
Engine MRO
Component and Modifications MRO
Line Maintenance
General Aviation
Middle-East and Africa
Saudi Arabia
United Arab Emirates
South Africa
Rest of Middle-East and Africa

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Key Market Trends

Engine MRO Segment Held the Largest Market Share in 2021

The increasing complexity of the engine parts and the increased number of aircraft crashes, due to engine failures, have made operators focus on frequent engine maintenance and periodic checks. Moreover, due to the harsh operating conditions in the Middle-East and Africa, the engines of the aircraft, have to be maintained regularly irrespective of whether they are flying or on the ground. In the engine MRO segment in the region, OEMs possess a significant share of the market, while independent MROs and airline overhaul shops also control the market to some extent. In Middle-east, while the commercial airlines have their own engine MRO capabilities, they also rely on engine OEMs and third-party providers for their MRO services. Also, foreign MRO groups, such as Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) and Lufthansa Technik (LHT), have also scaled up their MRO activities in the Middle-East through partnerships and collaborations in recent years. On the other hand, in Africa, most of the commercial, military, and general aviation operators do not have their own Engine MRO capabilities and rely on global players for engine MRO services. For instance, in 2022, Czech state-run aero engine MRO company Lom Praha started overhauling eight Avia M337AK piston engines that power Zlin Z-43 and Z-142 single-engine propeller trainer aircraft operated by the Algerian Air Force. This trend of outsourcing engine MRO is expected to continue in Africa, while players in Middle-East are expected to enhance their capabilities with the help of strategic partnerships in the years to come.

Middle-East and Africa Aircraft MRO Market_Segmentation

United Arab Emirates Held the Largest Market Share in 2021

The United Arab Emirates currently dominates the market and is expected to continue its dominance during the forecast period. This is majorly due to the large fleet of commercial aircraft (majorly wide-body aircraft) and business jets (whose fleet is dominated by large-sized jets) in the country. Emirates and Etihad are the two major airlines in the country. As of May 2022, Emirates had a fleet of 254 aircraft with 195 aircraft on order. Among the aircraft on order are Boeing 777X, A350-900, A380, and Boeing 787-9 aircraft. Similarly, Etihad had a fleet size of 85 aircraft with 79 aircraft on order. The aircraft on order includes A321neo, A350, B777 and B787 aircraft. Due to the large operational fleet, there is a steady rise in business opportunities as airlines seek MRO services to maintain the airworthiness of their grounded fleet. On this note, in November 2021, Collins Aerospace has been awarded a contract by Emirates Airline to upgrade its fleet of 101 B777 and 107 A380 aircraft with the company's latest GLU-2100 multi-mode receiver (MMR). In addition, Collins is providing a full suite of avionics and satcom capabilities to Emirates’ 777X aircraft. Furthermore, to support the local MRO industry, third-party MRO service providers are also collaborating with the MRO wings of major airlines to enhance their target audience. In the military segment, the growing push towards the localisation of MRO capabilities is driving the market growth. In November 2021, the local player and the Edge Group subsidiary GAL has won a USD 3 billion contract for supplying the United Arab Emirates’ Air Force and air defense units with maintenance, repair and overhaul, or MRO, services. Such developments are expected to bolster the market prospacts in the United Arab Emirates during the forecast period.

Middle-East and Africa Aircraft MRO Market Geography

Competitive Landscape

Some of the prominent players in the Middle-East and Africa aircraft MRO market are Emirates Engineering, General Electric Company, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, AMMROC and Joramco. Over the past few years, there has been an increase in investments of foreign players to increase their geographic footprint in the region. Foreign MRO service providers, such as Lufthansa Technik, AMAC Aerospace, and KLM Engineering & Maintenance (AFI KLM E&M) have expanded their MRO service networks through partnerships and joint ventures in the region. Also, several local players are partnering with OEMs to gain the technical expertise and required MRO certification for performing on-site MRO services. The profound market opportunities of the MRO sector in the region, as well as the growing investments of players toward expansion of their presence in the region, are expected to rapidly increase the competition in the market in the coming years. At the same time, the local players are also enhancing the efficiency of their MRO processes, which is creating an increasingly competitive environment in the region's market. 

Recent Developments

In May 2022, Sanad, the aerospace engineering company wholly-owned by UAE’s Mubadala Investment Company PJSC (Mubadala), and Triumph Group, Inc., a US-based MRO provider, announced the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on the provision of next-generation engine Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) capabilities in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

In February 2022, Joramco, the maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) provider and the engineering arm of Dubai Aerospace Enterprise (DAE) based in Amman, announced their continuing maintenance agreement with Corendon Airlines. The service agreement covers performing C checks on one of the airline’s Boeing 737 Next Generation narrow-body aircraft.

Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    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 MRO Type

      1. 5.1.1 Airframe MRO

      2. 5.1.2 Engine MRO

      3. 5.1.3 Component and Modifications MRO

      4. 5.1.4 Line Maintenance

    2. 5.2 End-User

      1. 5.2.1 Commercial

      2. 5.2.2 Military

      3. 5.2.3 General Aviation

    3. 5.3 Geography

      1. 5.3.1 Middle-East and Africa

        1. Saudi Arabia

        2. United Arab Emirates

        3. Turkey

        4. South Africa

        5. Egypt

        6. Rest of Middle-East and Africa


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Etihad Airways Engineering LLC

      2. 6.1.2 Saudia Aerospace Engineering Industries

      3. 6.1.3 General Electric Company

      4. 6.1.4 Safran SA

      5. 6.1.5 Raytheon Technologies Corporation

      6. 6.1.6 Lufthansa Technik AG

      7. 6.1.7 Joramco

      8. 6.1.8 AMMROC

      9. 6.1.9 Emirates Engineering

      10. 6.1.10 Sanad Aerotech

      11. 6.1.11 Ethiopian Airlines

      12. 6.1.12 Egyptair Maintenance & Engineering

      13. 6.1.13 South African Airways Technical (SAAT)

      14. 6.1.14 Turkish Technic

      15. 6.1.15 Air France Industries KLM Engineering & Maintenance


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Middle-East and Africa Aircraft MRO Market market is studied from 2018 - 2027.

The Middle-East and Africa Aircraft MRO Market is growing at a CAGR of >4% over the next 5 years.

Emirates Engineering, General Electric Company, Raytheon Technologies Corporation, AMMROC , Joramco are the major companies operating in Middle-East and Africa Aircraft MRO Market.

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