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    Aircraft Window Frame Market Growth Analysis | 2018-2023

    Aircraft Window Frame Market Growth Analysis | 2018-2023
    Report code - SRAD108 Published On : Jun,2018 No. of Pages: 231
    Aircraft Window Frame Market Size, Share, Trend, Forecast, & Competitive Analysis-&nbs See more...

    Market Insights

    The aircraft window frame market is projected to grow at a healthy CAGR of >4.5% during 2018-2023 to reach US$ 133.3 million in 2023. Increasing commercial and regional aircraft deliveries to support rising air passenger and freight traffic; increasing production rates of the next-generation aircraft programs, such as B787 and A350XWB; growing trend of larger windows; and high focus on the development of lightweight frames to achieve higher fuel efficiency and carbon emission reduction are the key drivers of the aircraft window frame market.


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    Frames are used in passenger cabin windows and cockpit windshields to provide rigidity to the windows. The metal window frame is the industry standard and is used in most of the aircraft frames. High demand for fuel-efficient aircraft led to the development of composites-rich aircraft. Almost every component has undergone several changes in terms of design, material, etc. Window frames are also not untouched by such dynamics. Both the major commercial aircraft OEMs, Boeing and Airbus, have worked with material suppliers and parts fabricators and developed composite window frames for their next-generation aircraft, B787, and A350XWB. Composite window frames offer superior damage tolerance and have almost 50% lower weight compared to traditional aluminum frames.

    Organic growth of the aerospace industry is the prime driver of the window frame market. Boeing anticipated that there would be total deliveries of 41,030 commercial aircraft worth US$ 6.1 trillion in the global marketplace during 2017-2036. Asia-Pacific and North America would be the biggest demand generators with a combined share of 60.2% of the total commercial aircraft deliveries during 2017-2036. An expected healthy CAGR of 4.7% in air passenger traffic during 2017-2036 will chiefly drive the demand for commercial aircraft. This factor will create a sustainable demand for window frames globally in the foreseeable future.

    In addition to that, Boeing and Airbus had a combined total order backlog of 13,129 commercial aircraft by the end of 2017. This huge pile of order backlogs of commercial aircraft is likely to show ample opportunity for aircraft window frames in the future. Boeing and Airbus have strategically raised the production rates of their key commercial aircraft programs in order to deliver aircraft to their widespread clients at a shorter period of time. Also, they have been introducing fuel-efficient variants of their best-selling aircraft programs with the purpose to address the biggest requirement of the airline industry, which is fuel-efficient aircraft.

    Aircraft Window Frame Market Highlights

    Market Size in 2023

    USD 133.3 million

    Market Growth (2018-2023)

    >4.5% CAGR

    Base Year of Study


    Trend Period


    Forecast Period


    Segments Covered

    By Aircraft Type (Narrow-Body Aircraft, Wide-Body Aircraft, Very Large Aircraft, Regional Aircraft, and General Aviation),

    By Platform Type (B737, B737 Max, B777, B777x, B787, A320 Family, A320 neo, A330, A330 neo, A350XWB, A380, Comac C919, E175, C Series, and Others),

    By Material Type (Metal Window Frames and Composite Window Frames),

    By Product Type (Cabin Window Frame and Cockpit Windshield Frame),

    By Region (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, and the Rest of the World).

    Segments' Analysis

    Aircraft Window Frame Market Share by Aircraft Type

    The aircraft window frame market is segmented based on the aircraft type as Narrow-Body Aircraft, Wide-Body Aircraft, Very Large Aircraft, Regional Aircraft, and General Aviation. Narrow- and wide-body aircraft are likely to remain the growth engines of the market during the forecast period, propelled by increasing production rates of key programs, such as B737, A320 family, B787, and A350XWB; market entry of new players, such as COMAC and Irkut; introduction of fuel-efficient variants of existing best-selling aircraft programs, such as B737 max, A320neo, and B777x.

    Aircraft Window Frame Market Share by Material Type

    Based on the material type, the market is bifurcated into Metal Window Frame and Composite Window Frames. The metal window frame is likely to remain the dominant material type in the market over the next five years. Metal window frames have an excellent track record with the availability of good repair technology across regions and the industry personnel having excellent knowledge of the materials. Low cost is another key countable factor of metal windows in an aircraft. However, the composite window frame is expected to grow with higher growth during the forecast period as composite window frame brings considerable weight savings as compared to conventional metal window frames. Also, composite window frames are more durable and offer high strength-to-weight ratio than metal window frames. It is expected that major airframers will opt for composite window frames for their upcoming fuel-efficient aircraft.

    Aircraft Window Frame Market Share by Product Type

    Based on the product type, the cabin window frame is likely to remain the dominant segment of the aircraft window frame market over the next five years. In recent years, major aircraft manufacturers are squeezing more seats in aircraft in order to generate additional revenue. For instance; Boeing has added two more rows (12 seats) in the 737 Max than the B737-700. Also, Boeing announced in 2017 to reconfigure its fleet of Boeing 737-800 Next Generation (NG) aircraft by increasing seating capacity from 177 to 186 seats. This further aids the demand for cabin window frames in the industry.


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    Regional Insights

    Based on regions, North America is expected to remain the most dominant region in the aerospace window frame market. The region is the manufacturing hub of the aerospace industry with the presence of several small- to large-sized aircraft manufacturers, tier players, distributors, and raw material suppliers. Asia-Pacific is likely to depict the highest growth during the same period, driven by China, and Japan. Both countries would remain the growth engines of the region’s market for aircraft window frames over the next five years.

    Market Scope & Segmentation                                                                                         

    The market is segmented in the following ways:

    Aircraft Window Frame Market Size, Share & Forecast by Aircraft Type:

    • Narrow-Body Aircraft
    • Wide-Body Aircraft
    • Very Large Aircraft
    • Regional Aircraft
    • General Aviation

    Aircraft Window Frame Market Size, Share & Forecast by Platform Type:

    • B737
    • B747
    • B777
    • B787
    • A320 Family
    • A330/A340
    • A350XWB
    • A380
    • B737 Max
    • B777x
    • A320neo
    • A330neo
    • E 175
    • C Series
    • Others

    Aircraft Window Frame Market Size, Share & Forecast by Material Type:

    • Metal Window Frame
    • Composite Window Frame

    Aircraft Window Frame Market Size, Share & Forecast by Product Type:

    • Cabin Window Frame
    • Cockpit Windshield Frame

    Aircraft Window Frame Market Size, Share & Forecast by Region:

    • North America (Country Analysis: The USA, Canada, and Mexico)
    • Europe (Country Analysis: France, Germany, the UK, Russia, and the Rest of Europe)
    • Asia-Pacific (Country Analysis: China, Japan, and Rest of Asia-Pacific)
    • Rest of the World (Country Analysis: Latin America, the Middle East, and Others)

    Key Players

    The supply chain of this market comprises raw material manufacturers, window frame manufacturers, aircraft transparency (glass) manufacturers, aircraft OEMs, and airlines.

    The key aerospace OEMs are-

    • Boeing
    • Airbus
    • Bombardier
    • Embraer
    • ATR
    • Mitsubishi Heavy Industries

    and key airlines are-

    • American Airlines
    • Southwest Airlines
    • Lufthansa
    • Delta Air
    • Air China
    • Singapore Airlines.

    Major window frame manufacturers are-

    • GKN Aerospace
    • LMI Aerospace
    • The Nordam Group, Inc.
    • Otto Fuchs KG
    • ACE Advanced Composite Engineering GmbH
    • PPG Industries Inc.
    • SIFCO Industries Inc.

    New product development, collaboration with OEMs, and the development of long-term contracts are the key strategies adopted by the major players to gain a competitive edge in the market.

    Research Methodology

    For calculating the market size, our analysts follow either Top-Bottom or Bottom-Top approach or both, depending upon the complexity or availability of the data points. Our reports offer high-quality insights and are the outcome of a detailed research methodology comprising extensive secondary research, rigorous primary interviews with industry stakeholders and validation and triangulation with Stratview Research’s internal database and statistical tools.

    We leverage a multitude of authenticated secondary sources, such as company annual reports, government sources, trade associations, journals, investor presentation, white papers, and articles to gather the data. More than 10 detailed primary interviews with the market players across the value chain in all four regions and industry experts are usually executed to obtain both qualitative and quantitative insights.

    Report Features

    This report, from Stratview Research, studies the aircraft window frame market over the trend period of 2012 to 2017 and forecast period of 2018 to 2023 in terms of both value and units. The report provides detailed insights into the market dynamics to enable informed business decision making and growth strategy formulation based on the opportunities present in the market.

    The following are the key features of the report:

    • Market structure: Overview, industry life cycle analysis, supply chain analysis.
    • Market environment analysis: Growth drivers and constraints, Porter’s five forces analysis, SWOT analysis.
    • Market trend and forecast analysis.
    • Market segment trend and forecast.
    • Competitive landscape and dynamics: Market share, product portfolio, product launches, etc.
    • Attractive market segments and associated growth opportunities.
    • Emerging trends.
    • Strategic growth opportunities for the existing and new players.
    • Key success factors.

    Report Customization Options

    With this detailed report, Stratview Research offers one of the following free customization options to our respectable clients:

    Company Profiling

    • Detailed profiling of additional market players (up to 3 players)
    • SWOT analysis of key players (up to 3 players)

    Market Segmentation

    • Current market segmentation of any one of the component types by application type.

    Competitive Benchmarking

    • Benchmarking of key players on the following parameters: Product portfolio, geographical reach, regional presence, and strategic alliances

    Custom Research: Stratview Research offers custom research services across sectors. In case of any custom research requirement related to market assessment, competitive benchmarking, sourcing and procurement, target screening, and others, please send your inquiry at sales@stratviewresearch.com

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    Driven by a number of factors like the Introduction of advanced aircraft, the aircraft window frame market is projected to reach an estimated value of US$ 133.3 million in 2023.

    GKN Aerospace, LMI Aerospace, The Nordam Group, Inc., Otto Fuchs KG, ACE Advanced Composite Engineering GmbH, PPG Industries Inc., and SIFCO Industries Inc. are among the key players in the market.

    Asia-Pacific is expected to witness the highest growth in the aircraft window frames market during the forecast period of 2018-2023, driven by China, and Japan.

    Asia-pacific is expected to witness the highest growth in the market in the coming years.

    The cabin window frame is expected to be the dominant product type in the market during the next five years.

    Narrow- and wide-body aircraft are expected to remain the growth engine in the market in the coming years.


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