Aircraft Recycling Market (By Aircraft: Narrow-body, Wide-body; By Product: Component, Material) - Global Industry Analysis, Market Size, Opportunities and Forecast 2021 - 2028

Category : Aerospace and Defence | Published at : September-2021 | Delivery Format : PDF | Status: Published | Pages : 190

The global aircraft recycling market is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 9.0% from 2021 to 2028 and expected to reach the market value of around US$ 7.5 Bn by 2028.

Aircraft Recycling Market Size 2021-2028

A typical plane will fly for approximately 20 to 25 years before being retired. The retirement of a plane for commercial use does not imply that its components have lost value. This is where aircraft recycling comes in to save the parts and materials. According to the Aircraft Fleet Recycling Association (AFRA), up to 12,000 aircraft could be scrapped over the next 20 years. It aims to perfect processes that will recycle 90% of an aircraft by 2016.

Report coverage

Market Aircraft Recycling Market
Analysis Period 2017 - 2028
Base Year 2020
Forecast Data 2021 - 2028
Segments Covered By Aircraft, By Product, and By Region
Regional Scope North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa
Key Companies Profiled Aircraft End-of-Life Solutions (AELS), Aircraft Part Out Company (APOC), AIR SALVAGE INTERNATIONAL LTD,  Aviation International Recycling, Tarmac Aerosave, Total Technic Ltd., ComAv - Commercial Aviation Services, and among others
Report Coverage
Market Trends, Drivers, Restraints, Competitive Analysis, Player Profiling, Regulation Analysis
Customization Scope 10 hrs of free customization and expert consultation

Market Drivers

Sustainable recycling of aircraft components is the future of industry

According to the Air Transport Action Group (ATAG) report, the majority of the materials used in aircraft components, particularly in the fuselage, are manufactured from sophisticated alloys that necessitate a costly manufacturing process, often involving more difficult-to-obtain elements, resulting in recycling these materials becoming important and the actual recycling process having a significant impact on overall sustainability. Rather than separating out the various materials and alloys containing the panel, the traditional method is to simply recycle the materials collectively. This method is far less efficient, resulting in the processing of lower-value metals. Currently, a new initiative under the Clean Sky Program called the "European SENTRY Project" is working to change this process, allowing the materials to be re-used for their original purpose, which is to manufacture aircraft. This advanced recycling process will undoubtedly improve the overall sustainability of the aviation industry and eliminate the wasteful loss of these valuable materials from aviation.

Green practices bolster the growth of global aircraft recycling market

Green aviation is one of the most significant contributors to global carbon emissions, and the aviation industry is well aware of its responsibilities in terms of mitigating the effects of carbon dioxide. Green aviation is an umbrella term for sustainable practises in aerospace that include increasing fuel efficiency through engineering, developing biofuels, and offering innovations through aircraft recycling, Carbon Offsetting and Reduction Scheme for International Aviation (CORSIA), and additive manufacturing. The international community is working hard to adopt more environmentally friendly practices. For example, in 2005, Airbus launched "PAMELA," project to established itself as a leader in the field of aircraft recycling. The aimed to recycle 85 percent of each aircraft's components could be safely and effectively recovered, recycled, and reused compared to only 60 percent prior to the project's inception. Such factors, combined with a strong support for green practices, will fuel the growth of the global aircraft recycling market.

Favorable government regulations stimulate the growth of global aircraft recycling market

According to the EEPCINDIA report, while custom laws in India allow free import and export of leased aircraft, there is no such regulation for dismantled parts. However, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has currently resolved this issue by offering a solution by exporting leased helicopters, aircraft, engines, and other parts-in complete or knocked-down condition. This minor change benefits India's start-up industry by making it a hub where retired aircraft are restored and make it reusable. One such significant change creates new opportunities for the maintenance, repair, and overhaul industry, thereby having a positive impact on the global aircraft recycling market's growth.

Market Segmentation

The global aircraft recycling market is segmented based on aircraft and product. By aircraft, the market is classified into narrow-body and wide-body. By product, the market is bifurcated into components and materials. By component, the market is further segmented as engines, landing gear, avionics, and others. By material, the market is sub segmented as aluminum, other metals & alloys, and other materials.

Aircraft Recycling Market By Aircraft 2021-2028

Based on aircraft, narrow-body aircraft are expected to dominate the global aircraft recycling market and will continue to do so throughout the forecast period. Currently, low-cost carriers around the world rely on narrow body aircraft fleets (and often the smaller aircraft in that group), providing some evidence that small aircraft are more fuel efficient, and thus cost effective, than large aircraft. Such factors contribute to segmental growth, which in turn contributes to market growth overall.

In terms of product, the engine segment will provide profitable opportunities for the overall market in the coming years. According to the ATAG report, aircraft engine manufacturer Rolls-Royce has designed a recycling program that is now in operation at over 100 locations worldwide to recover and recycle exotic materials. Previously, the company developed new processes for removing coatings, separating alloys, and cleaning waste metal. Unusable engine parts and waste metal from titanium machining are recovered and reused. Almost half of a used engine can now be recycled, and the quality of the recovered material is now high enough that the metals can be safely reused in the development of new engines. Furthermore, the end result is a reduction in the need for raw materials and a measurable reduction in the environmental impact of the manufacturing process. Such factors are to blame for the overall dominance of the aircraft recycling market. 

Regional Landscape

North America holds dominating share for aircraft recycling market

North America accounted for a sizable share of aircraft recycling in 2020 and is expected to maintain this trend throughout the forecast period. Among North American provinces, the United States is constructing one of the world's largest aircraft recycling hubs. The expansion will result in a large number of new jobs for Aircraft Solutions. The United States invests nearly $100 Mn in its new aircraft recycling facility.

Aircraft Recycling Market By Region 2021-2028

The new facility opened in the summer of 2020 and will be fully operational in the fall of 2021. Such factors will undoubtedly have a positive impact on regional growth, ultimately contributing to the overall growth of the aircraft recycling market.

Competitive Landscape

The prominent players of the global aircraft recycling market involve Aircraft End-of-Life Solutions (AELS), Aircraft Part Out Company (APOC), AIR SALVAGE INTERNATIONAL LTD,  Aviation International Recycling, Tarmac Aerosave, Total Technic Ltd., ComAv - Commercial Aviation Services, and among others

Market Segmentation

Market By Aircraft


Market By Product


•    Engines
•    Landing Gear
•    Avionics
•    Others


•    Aluminum
•    Other metals & alloys
•    Other materials

Market By Geography

North America
•    U.S.
•    Canada

•    U.K.
•    Germany
•    France
•    Spain
•    Rest of Europe

•    China
•    Japan
•    India
•    Australia
•    South Korea
•    Rest of Asia-Pacific

Latin America
•    Brazil 
•    Mexico
•    Rest of Latin America

Middle East & Africa
•    GCC
•    South Africa
•    Rest of Middle East & Africa

Frequently Asked Questions

Aircraft recycling market is expected to reach a market value of around US$ 7.5 Bn by 2028.

The aircraft recycling market is expected to grow at a CAGR of around 9.0% from 2021 to 2028.

Based on product, engines segment is the leading segment in the overall market.

Favorable government regulation is one of the prominent factors that drive the demand for aircraft recycling market.

Aircraft End-of-Life Solutions (AELS), Aircraft Part Out Company (APOC), AIR SALVAGE INTERNATIONAL LTD, Aviation International Recycling, Tarmac Aerosave, Total Technic Ltd., ComAv - Commercial Aviation Services, and among others.

North America is anticipated to grab the highest market share in the regional market

Asia Pacific is expected to be the fastest growing market in the forthcoming years

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