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Telling the aviation maintenance story is a powerful way to demonstrate how vital the industry is to the lives and livelihoods of people all over the world. ARSA is the voice of global maintenance providers, working with governments and regulators to ensure that repair stations can serve the flying public with minimal unnecessary intrusion from inspectors or legislators. To support this effort, the association publishes reports, provides data and develops resources to help illustrate the importance of the world done by mechanics, technicians and engineers worldwide.

The story…

Living in the safest period in the history of U.S. civil aviation, every traveler should understand the qualitative value of aviation maintenance and its impact on their life. However, ARSA continually seeks to fully illustrate the broad impact of the industry on the economies, communities and peoples of the world. To that end, the association is constantly engaged in quantitative studies that investigate the true global impact of maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) operations.


Industry economic research

Reports on the aviation maintenance industry’s global economic footprint and projections for future development.

Access Note: The full market report is available only to ARSA members (copies available via ARSA’s secure online portal in the “Tools for ARSA Members” workspace).

For more information, or to learn how to access full reports, please use the association’s contact form, using the “something else” subject.

2020 Global Fleet & MRO MarketAssessment
prepared by Oliver Wyman


Executive Summary: 2020 Global Fleet & MRO Market Assessment
U.S. state-by-state overview of the 2020 industry employment and economic impact
Oliver Wyman Interactive Forecast Dashboard
ARSA’s Press Releases Announcing Annual Market Forecasts

Though the 2020 report contemplates the impact of the novel coronavirus on the aviation industry, its analysis was performed well before the scope of the crisis became apparent (which as of this update it still might not have). The report as written provides useful context for assessing potential impact areas on the aviation community. ARSA is working with its partners at Oliver Wyman to produce new resources to appropriately capture the “new normal” in the industry for 2020 and beyond:

Interactive Dashboard

The dashboard is amended weekly based on new developments and insights and compares the original MRO forecast, released in February 2020, to an adjusted forecast baseline.:

To supplement the 2020-2030 Global Fleet & MRO Market Forecast Update, our COVID-19 impact interactive dashboard provides users with the ability to explore the near-term impact of COVID-19 on the MRO demand in a deeper fashion. Both dashboard views include a summary table that quantifies the updated MRO forecast and the corresponding impact. Click here to see the dashboard.

April 28 Webinar

During the live session, Oliver Wyman’s experts discussed how recent fleet groundings, aircraft retirements, production rate shifts, and other announcements related to COVID-19 will impact the global commercial airline fleet and its associated aftermarket. The session was recorded and can be viewed on demand.

Topics Include: (1) Future demand and traffic. (2) Fleet and production implications. (3) MRO and aftermarket shifts. Click here to register and access the recording.

Previous years…


Executive Summary: 2019 Global Fleet & MRO Market Assessment
U.S. state by state overview of the 2019 industry employment and economic impact
ARSA Survey Finds Technician Shortage Costs Industry $100 Million Per Month
Study Finds U.S. Companies Serving Global Aviation Customers


Executive Summary: 2018 Global Fleet & MRO Market Economic Assessment by CAVOK/Oliver Wyman
U.S. state by state overview of the 2018 employment and industry economic impact
Report Shows Aviation Maintenance Connects U.S. Workers to Global Economy
ARSA Survey Shows Industry Poised for Growth, Facing Technician Shortage Headwind


Executive Summary: 2017 Global Fleet & MRO Market Economic Assessment by CAVOK/Oliver Wyman
U.S. state by state overview of 2017 employment and industry economic impact
ARSA Analysis Shows U.S.-wide Benefit of International Maintenance Trade
Skills Gap Could Cost Repair Stations $1.95 Billion in Revenue, Survey Finds


Executive Summary: 2016 Global Fleet & MRO Market Economic Assessment by CAVOK/Oliver Wyman
U.S. state by state overview of 2016 employment and industry economic impact


Executive Summary: 2015 Global Fleet & MRO Market Economic Assessment by CAVOK/Oliver Wyman
U.S. state by state overview of 2015 employment and industry economic impact


Executive Summary: 2014 Global MRO Market Economic Assessment by TeamSAI
U.S. state by state overview of 2014 employment and industry economic impact
Policy Solutions for a Stronger Technical Workforce


2013 Global MRO Market Economic Assessment by ICF SH&E


Bilateral Aviation Safety Agreements: Reducing costs for the aviation industry, A survey detailing the economic benefits of BASAs for repair stations.

Partnership with Oliver Wyman

In order to provide the highest-quality analysis of global economic data and insight into developing trends, ARSA has partnered with Oliver Wyman CAVOK.

CAVOK is a division of global services and consulting firm Oliver Wyman. Its deep expertise and proprietary tools help customers incorporate the latest safety standards, improve process efficiency, and streamline maintenance processes, to reap significant economic benefit. To learn more, visit


SMS Implementation by Repair Station Size

In 2019, ARSA submitted comments to EASA’s Notice of Proposed Amendment regarding Safety Management System requirements. To continue its work on the issue, the association has collected feedback (and will take more, see from the industry regarding progress towards implementing SMS (the following infographic was produced based on responses received through October 2019).

Click here to access a downloadable version of this InfoGraphic.

Aviation Maintenance Industry – Business Outlook
The 2017 ARSA member survey asked respondents to consider a variety of business issues. As they have been for several years, respondents were optimistic – the majority predict both market and workforce expansion, but recognize challenges finding technical workers.

Click the images to view and download. You may also access the online, interactive version of the image by clicking the appropriate link.

Business/Workforce Outlook   U.S. Employment by State   U.S. Economic Impact by State
ARSA-OutlookInfoGraphic-20170413   ARSA-EmploymentGraphic-20170413   ARSA-ImpactGraphic-20170413
Interactive Version    Interactive Version    Interactive Version