Good Outlook for the Aircraft Recycling Market

According to US-based business research and consulting company MarketDigits, the aircraft recycling market was valued at 5.2 billion US-Dollar in 2023 and is projected to reach 9.3 billion US-Dollar by 2030. The market size is predicted to grow at a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 8.7 percent during the forecast period of 2023-2030.

As airlines modernize fleets and regulations emphasize environmental responsibility, the demand for aircraft recycling has surged, the firm pointed out. “This market encompasses the dismantling, recycling, and repurposing of retired aircraft components and materials, fostering eco-friendly practices. Key players in the industry are developing advanced technologies to maximize material recovery and minimize environmental impact. Government initiatives and regulations promoting responsible disposal further drive market growth.”

North America dominates the market
North America stands as the dominant force in the aircraft recycling market, exerting substantial influence over the industry’s trajectory, MarketDigits told. “Both the United States and Canada play integral roles in this regional dominance. The presence of a robust aviation sector, characterized by various retired aircraft, positions North America as a key hub for aircraft recycling activities.” In the USA, with its extensive aviation infrastructure and regulatory emphasis on sustainable practices, the market has witnessed significant growth. Canada, known for its commitment to environmental stewardship, would contribute to the region’s dominance through eco-friendly aircraft recycling initiatives. “The combined efforts of these North American nations underscore the market’s leadership position, leveraging advanced technologies and stringent environmental standards to shape the future of sustainable aircraft recycling practices.”

Largest market share: narrow-body segment
The aircraft recycling market is segmented into narrow-body, wide-body, and regional. According to the business research and consulting company, this recycling market is prominently led by the narrow-body segment. This dominant force in the industry could be attributed to the widespread use of such aircrafts across various airlines and their relatively shorter operational lifespans, resulting in a higher frequency of retirements. “The demand for efficient, eco-friendly disposal solutions for these aircraft has propelled the narrow-body segment to the forefront of the recycling market,” MarketDigits stated. “Recycling processes tailored to address the unique characteristics of narrow-body aircraft further solidify this segment’s supremacy, reflecting the industry’s commitment to responsible and effective aircraft disposal.”

(Published in GLOBAL RECYCLING Magazine 1/2024, Page 12, Photo: Schrott24 / Jan Pannenbäcker)