While the African fleet is expected to decline over 10 years by 3.5% according to Aviation Week data, its MRO segment will still generate $24.1 billion over the same period. By 2028, an estimated 1,105 aircraft are expected to be in service by Aviation Week.
MRO Growth Expected To Be Sluggish
Despite generating a healthy amount of work for the continent, Africa's MRO segment will grow at just 0.7% - lower than any region worldwide.
Engine Work Will Dominate MRO Spend
The majority of MRO work in Africa will focus on engines (41%). Aviation Week estimates a 10-year spend of $9.8 billion on engines.
Ethiopian Airlines comfortably operates Africa's largest fleet with 100 in-service aircraft. This includes new generation models such as the Boeing 787, Airbus A350 and Boeing 737 MAX. Tied in second are Royal Air Maroc and South African Airways (pictured) with 58 aircraft each.
Airlines Showing MRO Ambitions
While a relatively small MRO market in global terms, some MROs are still looking to grow their output. One particularly ambitious carrier has been Ethiopian Airlines, which last year, inaugurated three new widebody MRO hangars at its main base in Addis Ababa, following investment to the tune of $115 million. In July of this year, the airline also confirmed plans to enter into the interior modifications segment.