Aircraft windows and windshields are made of plexiglass that ensure the protection of aircraft interiors from the UV radiations and wind. Furthermore, they also ensure in maintaining the air pressure balance of the aircrafts. The global increase in air travel is one of the major factors driving the market for commercial aircraft windows and windshields market.
The improving economical condition of the global middle class population is leading to the increasing demand for air travel as the cheaper medium to travel over distant places. Moreover, the increasing competition of commercial flight operators is leading to stiff price wars, which is in return driving the demand for air travel. In addition, the increasing fuel prices are creating the need for developing efficient light weight aircrafts with the help of advanced technologies. The increasing demand for air travel is further creating the demand for innovative interiors with enhanced travel experience for the flyers. Furthermore, the ongoing technological developments are leading to the development of windows and windshield with added functionalities such as trajectory predictions, navigation and performance computation among others. These factors are further driving the demand for aircraft windows and windshield market. The rising demand for low cost airlines is leading to companies expanding their global routes. This is in return creating a demand for new aircrafts. The global increase in aircraft orders is driving the market for aircraft windows and windshield market.
However, the rising fuel price is one of the major factors restraining the demand for aircrafts globally. Furthermore, various transportation options have emerged globally such cruise ships which are hindering the growth for air travel moderately. However, rising concept of air travel in developing regions such as Asia Pacific is expected to surge the demand for new aircrafts in future. This in return will drive the market for aircraft components which includes aircraft windows and windshields.
The global aircraft windows and windshield market can be categorized into aircraft types and product types. In terms of aircraft type, the market can be segmented into large aircrafts, wide body aircrafts and narrow body aircrafts among others. By product type, the market can be bifurcated into cabin windows and windshields.
By Geography, the aircraft windows and windshield market can be divided into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa and Latin America. North America region is recovering from recession and is expected to witness promising growth in terms of air travel due to their improving economy and rising disposable income. Europe is expected to grow steadily in terms of aircraft demand. However, Asia Pacific region is witnessing strong demand for air travel from developing regions like India. The rising disposable income and the competitive environment in air travel market in this region is triggering the demand. Middle East and Africa is also expected to grow steadily due to presence of several airline operators such as Emirates, Etihad and Qatar airlines among others. These airline operators are constantly upgrading their airlines in order to provide comfortable air travel to their passengers. Moreover, they are also focusing on expanding their global network by increasing their aircraft carriers. These factors are driving the aircraft market in this region which is in directly driving the demand for aircraft windows and wind shield market.
The aircraft windows and windshield market is dominated by some major manufacturers. Frequent alliances among the top players is aiding to the growth of the market globally. The leading players in the market include PPG Aerospace, GKN Aerospace, Perkins Aircraft, Saint-Gobain Sully, LP Aero Plastics, Inc., Lee Aerospace, Triumph Group Inc., Texstars LLC, Perkins Aircraft Servces, Inc. and American Polarizers, Inc., and Saint-Gobain Sully among other players.