Refueling Aircraft Market

Refueling Aircraft Market Size By Aircraft (Helicopter, Military, and Commercial), By Component (Dispenser, Probe & Drogue, Aviation Refueller, Refueling Pods, and Others), Regions, Global Industry Analysis, Share, Growth, Trends, and Forecast 2024 to 2033

Base Year: 2023 Historical Data: 2020-22
  • Report ID: TBI-14297
  • Published Date: Apr, 2024
  • Pages: 238
  • Category: Aerospace & Defence
  • Format: PDF
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The global refuelling aircraft market was valued at USD 13.8 billion in 2023, growing at a CAGR of 2.6% from 2024 to 2033. The market is expected to reach USD 17.8 billion by 2033. Refuelling prompt and efficient services are in greater demand because of the rising demand for passengers and cargo. The increase in airline fleets and worldwide air traffic have been the main drivers of this need.

Market Introduction:

Aviation fuelling, sometimes called aircraft refuelling, gives aircraft the fuel to continue flying. This is also known as aviation fueling. It moves aviation fuel to an aeroplane's fuel tanks from storage facilities or tanker trucks so the aircraft can power its engines while in flight. This crucial process must be carried out to ensure that aeroplanes, whether they are being utilised for commercial, military, or private aviation purposes, have sufficient fuel reserves for the distances they are scheduled to travel. Precision, adherence to safety protocols, and operationally effective equipment are necessary for aircraft turnaround times to be shortened on the ground. Aircraft fuelling is crucial to maintaining military and commercial aircraft operations since it provides the energy source for propulsion and overall flight performance. Strict regulations that prioritise environmental sustainability and fuel efficiency are another element that motivates investments in cutting-edge refuelling equipment. Another factor driving market expansion is the growing use of automated and digital refuelling systems, which enhance operational efficiency and safety. The aviation refuelling market is expected to increase steadily, which will present opportunities for companies that offer refuelling services, technology, and equipment. This trend will continue as the airline and military aviation sectors expand globally.

Refueling Aircraft Market Size

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Recent Development

In February 2023, Stratom and Imenco formed a strategic alliance to provide premium robotic refuelling systems to a worldwide clientele. This partnership allows access to proven, state-of-the-art solutions that guarantee the safe and long-term deployment of autonomous refuelling across various industries, including offshore, aviation, defence, and industry. The collaboration aims to provide dependable, cutting-edge, autonomous refuelling solutions to increase corporate value.

Market Dynamics:


Rising sustainability awareness- The growing emphasis on green aviation initiatives drives profitable growth in the global market. Due to the growing global awareness of environmental sustainability, there is a greater need for environmentally friendly and fuel-efficient technologies. This trend drives the development of cleaner energy-aligning refuelling aircraft, which lowers emissions and makes the aerospace sector more ecologically conscientious. Governments and aerospace firms are investing in technologies that improve fuel economy and lessen the carbon footprint of in-flight refuelling operations.


Economic uncertainties- The market for refuelling aircraft is challenged by uncertainty in the global economy because defence funding is prone to swings. Recessions, economic downturns, or financial crises may force governments to reevaluate their spending priorities, which could result in lower defence spending. Long-term planning for military modernisation initiatives may be hampered by this uncertainty, impacting refuelling aircraft investments. To mitigate the impact of global economic uncertainty on the refuelling aircraft business, it is imperative to adapt to shifting economic conditions and advocate for the strategic value of air-to-air refuelling capabilities.

Regional segmentation analysis:

The regions analyzed for the market include North America, Europe, South America, Asia Pacific, the Middle East, and Africa. North America emerged as the largest global refuelling aircraft market, with a 35.6% market revenue share in 2023.

The aircraft refuelling industry is expected to reach its largest size in North America due to its abundance of producers and variants. Additionally, the U.S. government invests heavily in the military and defence industry, driving market demand. This region has deployed probe and drogue systems and has conducted numerous successful aircraft fuelling operations.

North America Region Refueling Aircraft Market Share in 2023 - 35.6%

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Aircraft Segment Analysis

The aircraft segment is divided into helicopter, military, and commercial. The military segment dominated the market, with a market share of around 42% in 2023. The capacity of military aircraft to improve mission capabilities propels their growth. In-flight refuelling greatly increases the operating range and loiter time of different military aircraft, such as fighter jets, bombers, and reconnaissance planes.

Component Segment Analysis

The component segment is divided into dispenser, probe & drogue, aviation refueller, refuelling pods, and others. The refuelling pods segment dominated the market, with a market share of around 28% in 2023. Market expansion is being driven by the government's acquisition of refuelling aircraft equipped with wing air refuelling pods. These sophisticated systems allow for the simultaneous refuelling of many aeroplanes, which results in increased efficiency.

Some of the Key Market Players:
  • AirTanker Services
  • BAE Systems
  • Cobham plc
  • Embraer
  • General Dynamics
  • Ilyushin
  • Lockheed Martin Corporation
  • Omega Aerial Refueling Services
  • Airbus
  • Antonov
  • Boeing
  • Eaton
  • General Electric Aviation systems
  • L3Harris Technologies, Inc.
  • Rolls-Royce

Report Description:

Attribute Description
Market Size Revenue (USD Billion)
Market size value in 2023 USD 13.8 Billion
Market size value in 2033 USD 17.8 Billion
CAGR (2024 to 2033) 2.6%
Historical data 2020-2022
Base Year 2023
Forecast 2024-2033
Region The regions analyzed for the market are Asia Pacific, Europe, South America, North America, and Middle East & Africa. Furthermore, the regions are further analyzed at the country level.
Segments Aircraft, Component

Frequesntly Asked Questions

As per The Brainy Insights, the size of the refuelling aircraft market was valued at USD 13.8 billion in 2023 to USD 17.8 billion by 2033.

The global refuelling aircraft market is growing at a CAGR of 2.6% during the forecast period 2024-2033.

Europe emerged as the largest refuelling aircraft market.

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This study forecasts global, regional, and country revenue from 2020 to 2033. The Brainy Insights has segmented the global refuelling aircraft market based on the below-mentioned segments:

Global Refuelling Aircraft Market By Aircraft:

  • Helicopter
  • Military
  • Commercial

Global Refuelling Aircraft Market By Component:

  • Dispenser
  • Probe & Drogue
  • Aviation Refueller
  • Refueling Pods
  • Others

Global Refuelling Aircraft Market By Region:                             

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • France
    • U.K.
    • Italy
    • Spain
  • Asia-Pacific
    • Japan
    • China
    • India
  • South America
    • Brazil
  • Middle East and Africa  
    • UAE
    • South Africa


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