Market Overview

The commercial aircraft lavatory system market is anticipated to register a CAGR of over 3% during the forecast period.

  • Aircraft lavatories are going through continuous innovation as the airlines are demanding lighter structures to generate more profits through fuel savings by reducing the overall weight.
  • Also, with the growing air passenger traffic, airlines are placing orders for newer generation fuel-efficient aircraft to expand their fleet size. This will simultaneously generate demand for a lavatory system which is one of the most essential systems in an airplane cabin interior and is found on all commercial airlines.
  • Few airlines are refurbishing the cabin interior on some of their aging fleet, which is also generating demand for a new lavatory system.

Scope of the Report

The study considers lavatory systems installed as line-fit and retrofit.

Key Market Trends

Wide-body Segment is Expected to Account for a Major Share in 2019

In terms of deliveries, over 1,200 narrow-body and over 360 wide-body aircraft were delivered in 2018. However, in 2019, due to the grounding of Boeing 737MAX, the number of deliveries of narrow-body aircraft will experience a sharp fall. The number of lavatories installed in an aircraft depends on the passenger-carrying capacity of the aircraft. Hence, the number of lavatories present in wide-body aircraft is much higher compared to narrow-body aircraft. Also, wide-body aircraft have passengers traveling in Business and First Class. Lavatories for first-class and business-class passengers involve premium products. Airlines, in order to enhance the passenger experience, are adopting different branded products and designs for their lavatories. For instance, in 2017, Singapore Airlines introduced two Suites class lavatories on its A380 aircraft. In February 2018, Singapore Airlines selected Zodiac Aerospace Revolution Toilet to retrofit its Boeing 777 fleet. JAMCO Corporation, one of the major players in the commercial aircraft lavatory system market, was selected by Boeing to supply lavatories for the 777-X aircraft that is currently under development. The Boeing 777X is scheduled for its first flight in 2020. However, with the introduction of new aircraft models like C919, MC-21 and long-range variants of A320 family aircraft, the revenue for commercial aircraft lavatories market generated from the narrow-body segment is expected to experience accelerated growth in the coming years.

Asia-Pacific is Expected to Generate the Highest Demand in Commercial Aircraft Lavatory System Market During the Forecast Period

The aviation industry in Asia-Pacific continues to thrive on a combination of continued robust economic growth, increasing middle-class population, improvements in household incomes, and demographic profiles. In terms of air passenger traffic growth, Asia-Pacific will register a CAGR of over 4.5% over the next two decades. Growth in tourism is also defining the state of the commercial aviation market in the region. Growth in Asia-Pacific air passenger traffic is primarily due to China and India. Other countries, like Indonesia, Malaysia, Vietnam, Thailand, and Singapore, among others, are also attracting huge passengers from various regions around the world, making the airlines to introduce new routes to offer better connectivity. The region had the highest commercial aircraft deliveries in 2018, with many airlines in the region ordering commercial aircraft largely throughout the year. According to Boeing, Asia-Pacific will account for 40% of the new aircraft deliveries between 2018-2037. With the growing orders and deliveries in the region, demand for aircraft lavatory systems will be highest from the region and hence the commercial aircraft lavatory system market in Asia-Pacific is estimated to register the highest CAGR during the forecast period.

Competitive Landscape

The market for commercial aircraft lavatory systems comprises of few players with some prominent players accounting for a major market share in 2018 and 2019. Some of the prominent players in the market are Diehl Stiftung & Co. KG, JAMCO Corporation, YOKOHAMA AEROSPACE AMERICA, INC., Safran, and Collins Aerospace. However, the intensity of rivalry among the OEMs is high with various companies encompassing their offerings in this market. Important strategies such as regional expansion, new product development, and achieving long term contacts are being implemented by the top players to advance the competitive edge in this market. Companies are significantly investing to develop compact lavatory systems to increase the cabin space so that the airlines are able to squeeze in more number of seats per aircraft to improve their revenue per flight.

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