The airframe MRO market—including heavy checks, line maintenance and modifications—will be worth about $17.5 billion in 2014. This includes $9.1 billion for narrowbody aircraft and $8.4 billion for the widebody fleet. The general outlook, supported by these numbers, is that the MRO business will hold fairly steady next year.
Indeed, the crystal-ball view of narrowbody and widebody airframe MRO in 2014 is strikingly similar to the picture in the rear-view mirror. Analysts and leading MRO providers are united in their opinions that there will not be any major shifts in the MRO landscape next year, but that current trends—including growth in the interiors market, growth in capacity and rates in Asia, and reductions in maintenance costs through better data management—will continue to evolve.