Middle East Civil Aviation Flight Training and Simulation Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2022 - 2027)

The Middle East Civil Aviation Flight Training and Simulation Market has been segmented by Training Type (Flight School/Ground School and Simulation Training), and Geography. The report offers market size and forecast for Middle East Civil Aviation Training and Simulation in value (in USD million) for all the above segments.

Market Snapshot

middle east civil aviation training and simulation market overview
Study Period: 2018-2027
Base Year: 2021
CAGR: >15 %

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Market Overview

The Middle East Civil Aviation Flight Training and Simulation Market is expected to register a CAGR of more than 15% during the forecast period (2022-2027).

Due to the impact of COVID-19, the aviation industry in the Middle East was severely affected, which led to a decrease in the revenues of airlines. To mitigate additional losses, the major airlines in the region like Etihad Airways and Emirates, have undertaken multiple actions such as laying off the pilots and crew, retiring aging aircraft in service as well as cancelation or postponement of the existing aircraft orders. However, as the aviation industry began recovering from the pandemic in 2021, the aircraft pilot training schools started investing in increasing their training capacities to cater to a short-term surge in pilot demand in the coming years.

Nevertheless, the growing passenger traffic and planned aircraft deliveries to the airlines and aircraft during the forecast period are expected to drive the growth of the pilot training and simulation market during the forecast period.

Currently, the number of local pilots is low in the region and airlines in the Middle East region are focusing on the development of the local talent pool. While this helps the airlines in the region reduce the extra expense in hiring foreign pilots, and also helps the governments create local job opportunities. Such initiatives by the airlines is expected to boost the demand for pilot training in the coming years.

Scope of the Report

The civil aviation flight training and simulation market encompasses the training of pilots operating civil aviation aircraft. Flight simulators mentioned in the study are devices that artificially recreate the environment for pilot training purposes. Pilot training for commercial aviation applications is included in the study. The revenues from military training purposes are not considered. Pilot training for fixed-wing commercial aircraft is included in the study. Training for rotorcraft is excluded. The market estimates are based on the service aspect of the commercial aviation industry. They include the revenues generated from simulator training (both type rating and recurrent), ground and flight school training.

The market is segmented on Training Type into Flight School/Ground School and Simulation Training. The Simulation Type is further segmented into full flight simulator (FFS), fixed training devices (FTD), and other simulator types. The report also covers the market sizes and forecasts for the market in major countries in the Middle East region. The market sizing and forecasts have been provided in value (USD million).

Training Type
Flight School/Ground School
Simulation Training
Full Flight Simulator (FFS)
Fixed Training Devices (FTD)
Other Simulator Types
United Arab Emirates
Saudi Arabia
Rest of Middle East

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Key Market Trends

The Simulator Training Segment held the Largest Share in 2021

The simulator training segment has accounted for the highest share in 2021 due to the increasing use of simulators by the pilot training schools as they allow the cadets to apply theory and gain experience in skills or procedures. By minimizing the possibility of erroneous actions taken by the crew, simulator training enhances the scope of training to test an unlimited number of scenarios and actions to be taken during unfavorable flight conditions, some of which are either dangerous to work on in real flight or are forbidden to work on during the real flight. Simulation software permits the trainers to alter the flight parameters such as weather and topography to acquaint the students with a broader operational portfolio of aircraft. Such advantages offered by simulation-based training lead to training schools' investment into the acquisition of new and advanced simulators. For instance, in November 2021, OxfordSaudia Flight Academy placed an order for two Level 5 Flight Simulation Training Devices (FSTD) from Diamond Aircraft Austria. The FSTDs will be configured for DA40 NG and DA42-VI aircraft and will be deployed at its academy’s center at King Fahad International Airport. The company currently has four FTD Diamond simulators. The airlines in the region are partnering with training academies to provide long term simulation training. In 2019, Turkish Airlines signed agreements with BAA Training and Patria to provide training to their flight cadets over a period of three years. Such partnerships are expected to propel the growth of the market in the coming years.

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The United Arab Emirates Accounted for Highest Share in the Market in 2021

The United Arab Emirates currently dominates the market and is expected to continue its dominance over the market during the forecast period. This is primarily due to the high pilot demand from major airlines in the country, namely, Emirates and Etihad Airways. As the air travel demand in the country began to gradually recover in 2021, the airlines announced their plans to recruit pilots, cabin crew, and engineering specialists, among others to boost their operations to pre-pandemic levels. On this note, in October 2021, Emirates announced that as a part of its plan to boost its operational workforce, it will recruit over 6,000 staff by April 2022. Under this plan, the airline will recruit additional pilots (about 600), cabin crew, engineering specialists, and ground staff as the airline anticipated its flight operations to reach pre-pandemic levels by mid-2022. Similarly, the flydubai recalled all the pilots and cabin crew (furloughed during the pandemic) into service from June 2021 and also announced its plan to cease hiring activities before 2022. Currently, major airlines in the country, Emirates, Etihad, and flydubai have cumulatively over 400 aircraft on order with Airbus and Boeing. This is expected to generate high demand for new pilots in the country in the coming years. To cater to the short-term increase in demand for new pilots, the pilot training schools in the region are increasing their fleet of training equipment. For instance, in November 2021, Emirates-CAE Flight Training (ECFT), a joint venture of Emirates Group and CAE announced its plan to acquire a second CAE 7000XR Series Boeing 737 MAX full-flight simulator (FFS) to expand its pilot training capacity in Dubai to cater to pilot demand flydubai’s future fleet growth. The delivery of the FFS is scheduled by end of 2022. Such factors are activated to boost the growth of the market in the country in the coming years.

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Competitive Landscape

The market for Middle East civil aviation flight training and simulation is highly fragmented with the presence of many local training schools in the region. Some of the prominent players in the market are CAE Inc., Etihad Aviation Training Academy, Turkish Airlines Flight Training, Emirates Flight Training Academy, and Egyptair Training Academy. The players in the market are gradually increasing their market share by introducing new simulators for initial flight training as well as procuring new piston-engine aircraft for practical training, which will help them in increasing the overall training capacities. For instance, in July 2021, the Prince Sultan Aviation Academy (PSAA) received a new A320 Reality Seven Full Flight Simulator from L3Harris Technologies. The simulator was delivered as a part of the contract signed by the companies in 2019 and will support in training of the pilots and first officers at the institute’s headquarters in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Such procurements of training equipment will help the schools partner with airlines and aircraft operators, thereby increasing their presence in the market. On this note, in January 2021, Etihad Aviation Training (EAT) signed a contract with Israir Airlines to offer Full-Flight Simulator pilot training for Israir Airlines’ Airbus A320 pilots. As part of the agreement, Israir will dry lease EAT’s Full-Flight Simulators at the training facility located in Abu Dhabi. The training will be conducted by Israir instructors at the Etihad training facility. Such partnerships will support the growth of the companies in the region.

Recent Development

In May 2022, L3Harris Technologies was awarded a contract by the Prince Sultan Aviation Academy (PSAA) to deliver six simulators for advanced flight training. Under the contract, the company will provide two A320neo FFS, two A320 Flat Panel Trainers, one A320 Enhanced Flat Panel Trainer, and an AirsideSim.

In September 2021, Avenger Flight Group partnered with Marathon Asset Management LP, a global credit manager, to secure a large growth capital credit. According to AFG, the investment has allowed AFG to further expand its worldwide reach by opening new centers in Western Europe and the Middle East regions well as purchasing several new full-flight simulators for its centers in North America.

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

  5. 5. MARKET SEGMENTATION (Market Size and Forecast by Value - USD million, 2018 - 2027)

    1. 5.1 Training Type

      1. 5.1.1 Flight School/Ground School

      2. 5.1.2 Simulation Training

        1. Full Flight Simulator (FFS)

        2. Fixed Training Devices (FTD)

        3. Other Simulator Types

    2. 5.2 Geography

      1. 5.2.1 United Arab Emirates

      2. 5.2.2 Saudi Arabia

      3. 5.2.3 Qatar

      4. 5.2.4 Bahrain

      5. 5.2.5 Oman

      6. 5.2.6 Kuwait

      7. 5.2.7 Rest of Middle East


    1. 6.1 Company Profiles

      1. 6.1.1 Gulf Aviation Academy

      2. 6.1.2 CAE Inc.

      3. 6.1.3 Etihad Aviation Training Academy

      4. 6.1.4 Turkish Airlines Flight Training

      5. 6.1.5 Jordan Airline Training and Simulation

      6. 6.1.6 Egyptair Training Academy

      7. 6.1.7 IFTC

      8. 6.1.8 Prince Sultan Aviation Academy

      9. 6.1.9 Qatar Airways Group

      10. 6.1.10 Oman Air

      11. 6.1.11 Emirates Flight Training Academy

      12. 6.1.12 Middle East Airlines


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Frequently Asked Questions

The Middle East Civil Aviation Flight Training and Simulation Market market is studied from 2018 - 2027.

The Middle East Civil Aviation Flight Training and Simulation Market is growing at a CAGR of >15% over the next 5 years.

CAE Inc., Etihad Aviation Training Academy, Turkish Airlines Flight Training, Emirates Flight Training Academy, Egyptair Training Academy are the major companies operating in Middle East Civil Aviation Flight Training and Simulation Market.

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