Published: May 2019

The pace of change in commercial aerospace is greater now than it ever has been before, providing airlines with a constant challenge in keeping their cabins up to date and appealing to passengers – particularly given the amount of competition in the industry. The aircraft seat itself is absolutely critical to the overall passenger experience, regardless of cabin class. Likewise, the growing adoption of wireless in-flight entertainment (W-IFE) systems threatens to change the way in which IFE is traditionally integrated into the seat. As such, there is a growing desire to offer in-seat power in all classes to ease the so-called “low-battery anxiety” passengers increasingly now encounter.

This report, therefore, considers the future evolution of the seating and in-seat power markets, in terms of product type, fitment type, aircraft type, cabin class, and geographic region. A highly statistical set of deliverables allows the reader to benefit from detailed insight into the way in which these markets are expected to develop over the next ten years. The report also contains an exhaustive discussion of key drivers and inhibitors of market growth, a comprehensive section on the competitive environment that include detailed profiles of leading seat makers and in-seat power system vendors, and similarly detailed information on all the key technology trends at play.

The Future of Aircraft Seating and In-Seat Power – 2019” is the latest addition to Valour Consultancy’s renowned aviation research portfolio, which consists of the hugely-popular titles “The Future of In-Flight Connectivity” and “The Future of In-Flight Entertainment” as well as numerous other leading publications.

Key questions answered by the report include:

  • How will shipments of aircraft seats grow between 2018 and 2028? How will associated revenues grow over the same time period?
  • What is the current and future size of the market for AC, USB and AC+USB combination in-seat power whether integrated into IFE or not?
  • How do the aircraft seating and in-seat power markets break down by product type, fitment type, cabin class, aircraft type and region?
  • How will disruptive technologies and new, lightweight materials affect seat design?
  • To what extent will changing aircraft mission statements and the emergence of IFC/W-IFE raise demand for in-seat power on single-aisle aircraft?
  • What is the use case for Type-C with USB Power Delivery in economy class?
  • What does the future of inductive charging look like in different cabins?
  • Is there a significant enough commercial incentive for airlines to upgrade the passenger experience in economy cabins?
  • What are the market shares of leading seat makers and in-seat power vendors?
  • Who are the new and established players and what are the features, functionalities and capabilities of their offerings?
  • How are OEMs diversifying their supply chains to reduce risk and encourage competition?
  • What are the key drivers and inhibitors of market growth? What are the main technological developments taking place?

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