The global aviation headsets market is expected to grow from US$ 1,029.99 million in 2021 to US$ 1,371.84 million by 2028; it is estimated to grow at a CAGR of 4.2% during 2021-2028.
The use of aviation headsets is increasing among pilots, ground support personnel, and air traffic control (ATC) units globally. The high demand for active-noise-cancelling headsets, such as the Bose headset, among end users, such as 737 pilots, is driving the growth of the aviation headsets market. The increase in aircraft deliveries, including commercial aircraft, military aircraft, and helicopters, is also contributing to the growth of the aviation headsets market.
The aviation headsets market is highly competitive, with similar technologies offered by different manufacturers. Major players such as Faro Aviation, Sennheiser, Bose, Plantronics, David Clark, and Bosch hold a significant share of the market and supply aviation headsets to end users. These players compete on various factors, such as product type, technology, after-sales services, noise cancellation, wired/wireless capabilities, and others. Large players tend to purchase aviation headsets from well-established suppliers, while regional buyers, such as small aircraft manufacturers, opt for local vendors as they do not require specifications or customization.
The aviation headsets market is divided into different categories based on type, noise cancellation type, end-user, and location. The type segment includes onboard and ground support headsets, with onboard headsets holding the larger share in 2020. The noise cancellation segment is split into active and passive, with the active segment having a significant market share in 2020. The end-user segment is divided into commercial aircraft, military aircraft, and general aviation aircraft, with commercial aircraft having the largest market share in 2020. The market is also divided geographically into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East and Africa, and South America, with North America having a notable share of the global aviation headsets market in 2020.
The aviation industry in the Asia Pacific region suffered greatly during the early months of 2020, resulting in a substantial drop in stakeholders' earnings. The rapid spread of the virus caused airport closures and limited aircraft movements, leading to decreased revenue passenger kilometer (RPK) and reduced aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul visits. Although China, the largest aviation market in the region, rebounded in the third quarter of 2020 with domestic travel returning to pre-COVID levels, the aviation industries in countries like India, Japan, Australia, and others continued to struggle until early 2021. As a result, aviation headset manufacturers in these countries experienced limited sales and procurement, as observed by international players in the aviation headsets market.
Additionally, the emergence of the new Omicron variant of COVID-19 has led to the closing of international borders and imposed travel restrictions, particularly for passengers coming from South Africa, Europe, and other Asia Pacific countries. For instance, in 2021, Germany allowed its airlines to only fly its citizens from high-risk southern African countries and required travelers visiting the country to undergo a mandatory 14-day quarantine, regardless of their test results.
The size of the aviation headsets market has been determined through a combination of primary and secondary research methods. The research process started with extensive secondary research, which was carried out using both internal and external sources to gather qualitative and quantitative information related to the aviation headsets market. The secondary research provided an overview and forecast for the aviation headsets market in all its segments and regions, including North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, Africa, and South America. Additionally, primary interviews were conducted with key industry participants, including VPs, business development managers, market intelligence managers, and national sales managers, as well as external consultants such as valuation experts, research analysts, and key opinion leaders who specialize in the aviation headsets market.
Some of the major players in the global aviation headsets market include Lightspeed Aviation, Inc., Sennheiser Electronic GmbH & Co. KG, Faro Aviation, David Clark Company, Bose Corporation, SEHT LIMITED, Pilot Communications USA, Plantronics, Inc., Robert Bosch GmbH, and GBH Headsets.