Growing adoption of air travel among consumers seeking transport options has driven the demand for aircraft seating. Airline passengers are expecting highest degree of comfort, especially while travelling to long distances, which entails them spending more than 24 hours seated in an aircraft. Manufacturers in the global aircraft seating market are catering to these requirements and improving the comfort levels of their products. In addition, stringent regulations on passenger safety has propelled the safety provisions on aircraft seats. In the near future, aircraft seats will be mainly responsible in keeping the passengers safe in the event of air turbulences and improper landings & take-offs.

According to Transparency Market Research, global sales of aircraft seats are expected to witness a robust growth in the upcoming years. In its report, the global aircraft seating market is poised to grow at a CAGR of 12.9% during the forecast period 2017-2026. The report further reveals that by the end of 2026, more than US$ 27.5 Bn worth of aircraft seats are likely to be sold globally. Key factors influencing the growth of the global aircraft seating market have been analyzed in the report. Primarily, the production of aircraft seats will be alleviated due to reducing complexities in procurement of raw fabrics and technical textiles. Increasing use of hybrid composite materials in production of aircraft seats is likely to put manufacturers at ease. Meanwhile, the demand for aircraft seats is expected to surge on the grounds of increasing participation in the global air transport landscape, reducing air travel fares, and efficient designs of aircraft allowing maximum seating capacity..

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Narrowbody Aircrafts to Exhibit Wider Presence on Global Revenues through 2026

With respect to the type of aircraft, narrrowbody aircrafts are expected to account for largest share on global aircraft seating market revenues throughout the forecast period. Airline companies around the world are predominantly using narrowbody aircrafts, which is compelled the manufacturers to shift their focus. Aircraft seats designed for narrowbody jets are developed by taking space optimization into consideration. Over the forecast period, seats sold for narrowbody aircrafts are expected to record fastest sales in the global market, registering an estimated CAGR of 13.6%. On the other hand, small passenger widebody aircrafts are also expected to account for a considerable share on global market value. In 2017, over US$ 1 Bn worth of aircraft seats sold in the global market were fitted in small passenger widebody aircrafts.

Economy Class Seating to Remain Lucrative for Manufacturers

For aircraft seating manufacturers, higher sales of first class seats guarantee high profit margins. However, limited seating capacity of first class curbs the overall profits for companies. During the forecast period, a majority of companies are expected to focus on increasing the production of aircraft seats for economy class. By the end of 2026, more than two-third of revenues procured in the global aircraft seating market will be accounted by the sales of economy class aircraft seats.

Retro-fitted Aircraft Seats to Account for Higher Revenue Share through 2026

The type of fittings have an instrumental role in influencing the sales of aircraft seats. A majority of airline companies prefer retrofitting of aircraft seats as the basic configuration of seating spots is not altered during the fitting process. The report projects that retrofitting will account for the largest share of revenues in the global aircraft seating market through 2026. By the end of 2026, more than US$ 18 Bn worth of aircraft seats are expected to retro-fitted into aircrafts across the globe.

Key Manufacturers in Global Aircraft Seating Market

Leading aircraft seating manufacturers have been profiled in the report, which include Zodiac Aerospace Group, RECARO Aircraft Seating GmbH & Co. KG, B/E Aerospace, Inc., JAMCO Corporation, Aviointeriors S.p.A, Acro Aircraft Seating, Geven S.p.A, Mirus Aircraft Seating Ltd, Thompson Aero Seating Ltd, and ZANKER PROMOTION GMBH. These companies are expected to instrument the expansion of the global aircraft seating market in the years to come. A majority of these companies are expected to focus on developing seats with ergonomic designs and enabling cost-effective production through optimized use of raw materials such as polymer, textiles, and composite metals.

Market Overview

Providing optimum comfort to passengers is among the key objectives of airline companies. Selecting the right type of seats plays a key role in fulfilling this objective. The overall aircraft seating landscape in the global air transport industry is largely influenced by the changing requirements of passengers with respect to the comfort. For long distance travel, aircraft seating fitted into passenger airlines are designed towards developing the relationship between passenger and the airline company. Likewise, manufacturers in the global aircraft seating market are focused upon developing seats with ergonomic designs, which enables them in catering to the needs of passengers across several cultures.

A new report by Transparency Market Research has considered such aspects while forecasting the future of the global aircraft seating market. The study has been developed to help aircraft seating manufacturers develop new strategies and capture the untapped opportunities lucrative for business growth. The study has assessed the revenues amassed from leading manufacturers of aircraft seats for the recent past, and aggregated this data to create baselines for market size forecasting. Industry trends, production insights, and factors driving the sales of aircraft seats have been employed to generate market size estimations for the forecast period, 2017-2026.

Report Highlights

Key features of the report include a segmental analysis on the expansion of the global aircraft seating market for the forecast period. The report includes distinct chapters that reveal market size estimations and analysis on a range of segments and sub-segments. In addition, the report also includes an analysis of raw material procurement strategies of companies partaking in the expansion of the global aircraft seating market. While these companies have been extensively profiled on the basis of their current market standings, the report has also revealed an intensity map that traces the presence of these companies across global geographies.

The report has also offered analysis on the basis of cost structure, pricing, and supply chain. Moreover, an unbiased overview of the global aircraft seating competition landscape has been provided. The report has also connected the dots between the aerospace industry trends and the macroeconomic factors governing the production and sales of aircraft seats

Market Taxonomy

The report has analyzed the global aircraft seating market on the basis of seating class type, aircraft type, fitting type, and region. The taxonomy of the global aircraft seating market has been illustrated below.


Aircraft Type

Seating Class Type

Fit Type

  • North America
  • Regional Jets
  • Economy Class
  • Retro Fit
  • Latin America
  • Narrowbody
  • Business Class
  • Line Fit
  • Europe
  • Small Passenger Widebody
  • First Class


  • APAC
  • Medium/ Large Passenger Widebody



  • MEA
  • Turboprop



Additional information has been provided in the report, reveal the country-specific market size estimations and creating cross-segmental analysis across multiple parameters.

Research Methodology

Transparency Market Research has developed this study by employing primary and secondary research methodologies. A holistic approach in the development of this report has dubbed it as a reliable business document for manufacturers of aircraft seats across the globe. Metrics such as absolute dollar opportunities, compounded annual growth rates (CAGRs) and Year-on-Year (Y-o-Y) growth rates have been used for interpreting the market size estimations. The scope of the report is to enable market participants assess their competition and create strategies that will support them in staying abreast with latest trends in the production and sales of aircraft seats.