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ARSA Study Shows Strength of MRO Industry

ALEXANDRIA, VIRGINIA – The Aeronautical Repair Station Association (ARSA) announced today a new report that provides a comprehensive economic review of the Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) marketplace. The report, entitled “Global MRO Market Economic Assessment,” is sponsored by ARSA and was produced by ICF SH&E.

The report provides a review of the civil maintenance, preventive maintenance, and alteration markets with a focus on the heavy airframe, engine, component, and line maintenance segments.

Key facts from the report are outlined below:

  • The global turbine-powered civil aviation fleet is about 80,000 aircraft, with more than 26,000 aircraft operating in the air transport fleet. Nearly half the civil aviation fleet is domiciled in North America with 37,000 aircraft, followed by 16,000 aircraft in Europe, and 11,000 aircraft in Asia Pacific. These aircraft fly more than 85 million hours per year, with the air transport fleet accounting for almost 80% of those hours.
  • The 2012 civil aviation market is estimated at more than $65 billion; engine overhaul is the largest segment at $26.1 billion, followed by component at $16.8 billion. North American-based fleet accounts for $23.5 billion.
  • Heavy airframe maintenance accounts for $13.0 billion; more than 70% is provided to air transport aircraft, with 38% performed on aircraft based in North America.
  • Engine overhaul accounts for $26.1 billion; more than 86% is provided to air transport aircraft, with 36% performed on aircraft based in North America.
  • Component maintenance accounts for $16.8 billion; more than 70% is for air transport aircraft, with 37% ultimately being installed on aircraft based in North America.
  • Line maintenance accounts for $9.9 billion, with almost 30% of the market for North American-based aircraft.
  • Every dollar spent on heavy airframe maintenance generates $1.39 dollars of economic activity. One dollar spent on engine overhaul and component maintenance generates $1.88 ad $1.68 of economic activity, respectively. Line maintenance generates $1.19 of economic activity for every dollar spent.
  • In the United States, nearly 4,100 firms with 196,000 employees operated in the civil MRO market. Small and medium-sized enterprises account for 84% of the total and 21% of all employees. There are more than 143,000 technicians in the United States and approximately 36% are certificated.

“The U.S. maintenance industry has continued to grow and add jobs through one of the worst periods in the nation’s economic history,” ARSA Executive Vice President Christian Klein said. “It’s a testament to the quality of the work our members do and the efficiencies our members provide to air carriers.”

Included within the report is an analysis of the MRO community’s economic footprint on each U.S. state. This fact sheet may be viewed here.

The complete report may be viewed here.

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ARSA is an Alexandria, Virginia-based trade association that represents aviation maintenance and manufacturing companies. Founded in 1984, the association has a distinguished record of advocating for repair stations, providing regulatory compliance assistance to the industry, and representing repair stations on Capitol Hill and in the media.

Contact: Josh Pudnos 703 739 9543



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