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Global Aerial Tanker Market by Type (Probe-and-drogue Type, Flying Boom Type, Other), By Application (Propeller Aircraft, Turbo-prop Aircraft, Jet Aircraft) And By Region (North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Middle East & Africa), Forecast From 2022 To 2030-report

Global Aerial Tanker Market by Type (Probe-and-drogue Type, Flying Boom Type, Other), By Application (Propeller Aircraft, Turbo-prop Aircraft, Jet Aircraft) And By Region (North America, Latin America, Europe, Asia Pacific and Middle East & Africa), Forecast From 2022 To 2030

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Market Overview:

The global aerial tanker market is expected to grow at a CAGR of 5.5% from 2018 to 2030. The market growth is attributed to the increasing demand for aerial tankers for firefighting and other applications such as crop spraying, wildlife management, and pest control. The probe-and-drogue type aerial tanker segment is expected to dominate the global market during the forecast period owing to its low cost and easy maintenance. However, the flying boom type aerial tanker segment is projected to grow at a higher CAGR during the forecast period due to its high efficiency in transferring fuel.

Global Aerial Tanker Industry Outlook

Product Definition:

An aerial tanker is a military aircraft that is used to refuel other aircraft in midair. Aerial tankers are important for extending the range of fighter jets and bombers, and they can also be used to transport cargo or personnel.

Probe-and-drogue Type:

Probe-and-drogue is a method of dropping a payload by parachute. The probe part of the system contains an explosive charge which is attached to the target and it falls onto the desired location. The drogue chute follows behind, carrying supplies such as water or foam insulation materials.

The advantage of probe-and-drogue systems over other methods is that they use relatively little fuel, have a low risk of damage to people or property,.

Flying Boom Type:

The flying boom is a device used to lower and raise an aerial tanker. It consists of a rigid arm with a flexible hose attached to it, which can be lowered or raised from the ground. The device is most commonly used for refueling tankers on aircraft carriers and other ships that have fueled-up platforms.

Increasing demand for fuel across the globe has resulted in rising number of tanker fleets worldwide, which has driven the market growth significantly over recent years.

Application Insights:

The propeller aircraft application segment held the largest share of over 60.0% in 2017. The main factors driving the propeller aircraft include low maintenance cost, ability to operate at lower costs per flying hour and higher maximum takeoff weight as compared to jet-based airlifters. Probe-and-drogue type aerial tankers are primarily used for delivering fuel to a remote location where a dedicated winged tanker cannot land or safely park due to terrain constraints or weather conditions.

The turbo-prop aircraft application segment is expected register the fastest CAGR from 2018 to 2030 owingto its ability provide flexible operations at lower operational costs as compared with other types of aerial tanker; however, it requires more landing and take off area per day than conventional fixed winged airplanes which restrict its use cases mainly within medium range destinations such as North America and Europe where airports have ample availability for large commercial jets capable of providing intercontinental reach with greater efficiency.

Regional Analysis:

North America dominated the global market in 2017 owing to the presence of a large number of oil and gas companies. The region is expected to maintain its dominance over the forecast period due to increasing demand for fuel from various sectors, such as commercial and military.

The Asia Pacific regional market is anticipated to witness significant growth over the forecast period owing to rising demand for aerial tanker aircraft from various industries, such as energy sector and mining industry. In addition, growing need for refilling stations across countries in this region will drive product sales further. For instance, China’s aviation fuel consumption nearly accounted for 20% of total petroleum imports in 2015; thus it has been witnessing high import dependence on aviation fuel since then which would boost product sales across this region significantly.

Europe was valued at USD X billion in 2017.

Growth Factors:

  • Increasing demand for aerial tankers for firefighting and other applications
  • Growing popularity of aerial tankers among firefighters and other users
  • Technological advancements in aerial tanker design and functionality
  • Rising awareness about the benefits of aerial tankers among potential users
  • Increasing investments in the development of aerial tanker technology

Scope Of The Report

Report Attributes

Report Details

Report Title

Aerial Tanker Market Research Report

By Type

Probe-and-drogue Type, Flying Boom Type, Other

By Application

Propeller Aircraft, Turbo-prop Aircraft, Jet Aircraft

By Companies

Airbus, Boeing, Dassault, Lockheed Martin, Embraer, United Aircraft Corporation

Regions Covered

North America, Europe, APAC, Latin America, MEA

Base Year


Historical Year

2019 to 2020 (Data from 2010 can be provided as per availability)

Forecast Year


Number of Pages


Number of Tables & Figures


Customization Available

Yes, the report can be customized as per your need.

Global Aerial Tanker Market Report Segments:

The global Aerial Tanker market is segmented on the basis of:


Probe-and-drogue Type, Flying Boom Type, Other

The product segment provides information about the market share of each product and the respective CAGR during the forecast period. It lays out information about the product pricing parameters, trends, and profits that provides in-depth insights of the market. Furthermore, it discusses latest product developments & innovation in the market.


Propeller Aircraft, Turbo-prop Aircraft, Jet Aircraft

The application segment fragments various applications of the product and provides information on the market share and growth rate of each application segment. It discusses the potential future applications of the products and driving and restraining factors of each application segment.

Some of the companies that are profiled in this report are:

  1. Airbus
  2. Boeing
  3. Dassault
  4. Lockheed Martin
  5. Embraer
  6. United Aircraft Corporation

Global Aerial Tanker Market Overview

Highlights of The Aerial Tanker Market Report:

  1. The market structure and projections for the coming years.
  2. Drivers, restraints, opportunities, and current trends of market.
  3. Historical data and forecast.
  4. Estimations for the forecast period 2030.
  5. Developments and trends in the market.
  6. By Type:

    1. Probe-and-drogue Type
    2. Flying Boom Type
    3. Other
  1. By Application:

    1. Propeller Aircraft
    2. Turbo-prop Aircraft
    3. Jet Aircraft
  1. Market scenario by region, sub-region, and country.
  2. Market share of the market players, company profiles, product specifications, SWOT analysis, and competitive landscape.
  3. Analysis regarding upstream raw materials, downstream demand, and current market dynamics.
  4. Government Policies, Macro & Micro economic factors are also included in the report.

We have studied the Aerial Tanker Market in 360 degrees via. both primary & secondary research methodologies. This helped us in building an understanding of the current market dynamics, supply-demand gap, pricing trends, product preferences, consumer patterns & so on. The findings were further validated through primary research with industry experts & opinion leaders across countries. The data is further compiled & validated through various market estimation & data validation methodologies. Further, we also have our in-house data forecasting model to predict market growth up to 2030.

Regional Analysis

  • North America
  • Europe
  • Asia Pacific
  • Middle East & Africa
  • Latin America

Note: A country of choice can be added in the report at no extra cost. If more than one country needs to be added, the research quote will vary accordingly.

The geographical analysis part of the report provides information about the product sales in terms of volume and revenue in regions. It lays out potential opportunities for the new entrants, emerging players, and major players in the region. The regional analysis is done after considering the socio-economic factors and government regulations of the countries in the regions.

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Global Aerial Tanker Market Statistics

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  1. Includes a Chapter on the Impact of COVID-19 Pandemic On the Market
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  7. In-depth Insights On the Market Drivers, Restraints, Opportunities, and Threats
  8. Customization of the Report Available

Frequently Asked Questions?

An aerial tanker is a large, heavy-lift aircraft used to transport fuel and other cargo. Aerial tankers are typically larger than traditional airliners and have more powerful engines to carry heavier loads.

Some of the major players in the aerial tanker market are Airbus, Boeing, Dassault, Lockheed Martin, Embraer, United Aircraft Corporation.

The aerial tanker market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 5.5%.

1. Executive Summary

2. Assumptions and Acronyms Used

3. Research Methodology

4. Aerial Tanker Market Overview
   4.1. Introduction
      4.1.1. Market Taxonomy
      4.1.2. Market Definition
   4.2. Macro-Economic Factors
      4.2.1. Industry Outlook
   4.3. Aerial Tanker Market Dynamics
      4.3.1. Market Drivers
      4.3.2. Market Restraints
      4.3.3. Opportunity
      4.3.4. Market Trends
   4.4. Aerial Tanker Market - Supply Chain
   4.5. Global Aerial Tanker Market Forecast
      4.5.1. Aerial Tanker Market Size (US$ Mn) and Y-o-Y Growth
      4.5.2. Aerial Tanker Market Size (000’ Units) and Y-o-Y Growth
      4.5.3. Aerial Tanker Market Absolute $ Opportunity

5. Global Aerial Tanker Market Analysis and Forecast by Type
   5.1. Market Trends
   5.2. Introduction
      5.2.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Type
      5.2.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Type
   5.3. Aerial Tanker Market Size and Volume Forecast by Type
      5.3.1. Probe-and-drogue Type
      5.3.2. Flying Boom Type
      5.3.3. Other
   5.4. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Type
   5.5. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis by Type

6. Global Aerial Tanker Market Analysis and Forecast by Application
   6.1. Market Trends
   6.2. Introduction
      6.2.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Application
      6.2.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Application
   6.3. Aerial Tanker Market Size and Volume Forecast by Application
      6.3.1. Propeller Aircraft
      6.3.2. Turbo-prop Aircraft
      6.3.3. Jet Aircraft
   6.4. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Application
   6.5. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis by Application

7. Global Aerial Tanker Market Analysis and Forecast by Sales Channel
   7.1. Market Trends
   7.2. Introduction
      7.2.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Sales Channel 
      7.2.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Sales Channel
   7.3. Aerial Tanker Market Size and Volume Forecast by Sales Channel 
      7.3.1. Manufacturer/Distributor/Service Provider
      7.3.2. Aftermarket
   7.4. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Sales Channel
   7.5. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis by Sales Channel

8. Global Aerial Tanker Market Analysis and Forecast by Region
   8.1. Market Trends
   8.2. Introduction
      8.2.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Region
      8.2.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Region
   8.3. Aerial Tanker Market Size and Volume Forecast by Region
      8.3.1. North America
      8.3.2. Latin America
      8.3.3. Europe
      8.3.4. Asia Pacific
      8.3.5. Middle East and Africa (MEA)
   8.4. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Region
   8.5. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis by Region
   8.6. Global Aerial Tanker Demand Share Forecast, 2019-2026

9. North America Aerial Tanker Market Analysis and Forecast
   9.1. Introduction
      9.1.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Country
      9.1.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Country
   9.2. North America Aerial Tanker Market Size and Volume Forecast by Country
      9.2.1. U.S.
      9.2.2. Canada
   9.3. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Country
   9.4. North America Aerial Tanker Market Size and Volume Forecast by Application
      9.4.1. Propeller Aircraft
      9.4.2. Turbo-prop Aircraft
      9.4.3. Jet Aircraft
   9.5. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Application
   9.6. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Application
   9.7. North America Aerial Tanker Market Size and Volume Forecast by Type
      9.7.1. Probe-and-drogue Type
      9.7.2. Flying Boom Type
      9.7.3. Other
   9.8. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Type
   9.9. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Type
   9.10. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis
      9.10.1. By Country
      9.10.2. By Product Type
      9.10.3. By Application
      9.10.4. By Sales Channel
   9.11. North America Aerial Tanker Demand Share Forecast, 2019-2026

10. Latin America Aerial Tanker Market Analysis and Forecast
   10.1. Introduction
      10.1.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Country
      10.1.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Country
      10.1.3. Latin America Average Pricing Analysis
   10.2. Latin America Aerial Tanker Market Size and Volume Forecast by Country
      10.2.1. Brazil
      10.2.2. Mexico
      10.2.3. Rest of Latin America
   10.3. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Country
   10.4. Latin America Aerial Tanker Market Size and Volume Forecast by Application
      10.4.1. Propeller Aircraft
      10.4.2. Turbo-prop Aircraft
      10.4.3. Jet Aircraft
   10.5. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Application
   10.6. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Application
   10.7. Latin America Aerial Tanker Market Size and Volume Forecast by Type
      10.7.1. Probe-and-drogue Type
      10.7.2. Flying Boom Type
      10.7.3. Other
   10.8. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Type
   10.9. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Type
   10.10. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis
      10.10.1. By Country
      10.10.2. By Product Type
      10.10.3. By Application
      10.10.4. By Sales Channel
   10.11. Latin America Aerial Tanker Demand Share Forecast, 2019-2026

11. Europe Aerial Tanker Market Analysis and Forecast
   11.1. Introduction
      11.1.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Country
      11.1.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Country
      11.1.3. Europe Average Pricing Analysis
   11.2. Europe Aerial Tanker Market Size and Volume Forecast by Country
      11.2.1. Germany
      11.2.2. France
      11.2.3. Italy
      11.2.4. U.K.
      11.2.5. Spain
      11.2.6. Russia
      11.2.7. Rest of Europe
   11.3. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Country
   11.4. Europe Aerial Tanker Market Size and Volume Forecast by Application
      11.4.1. Propeller Aircraft
      11.4.2. Turbo-prop Aircraft
      11.4.3. Jet Aircraft
   11.5. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Application
   11.6. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Application
   11.7. Europe Aerial Tanker Market Size and Volume Forecast by Type
      11.7.1. Probe-and-drogue Type
      11.7.2. Flying Boom Type
      11.7.3. Other
   11.8. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Type
   11.9. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Type
   11.10. MarketAttractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis
      11.10.1. By Country
      11.10.2. By Product Type
      11.10.3. By Application
      11.10.4. By Sales Channel
   11.11. Europe Aerial Tanker Demand Share, 2019-2026

12. Asia Pacific Aerial Tanker Market Analysis and Forecast
   12.1. Introduction
      12.1.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Country
      12.1.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Country
      12.1.3. Asia Pacific Average Pricing Analysis
   12.2. Asia Pacific Aerial Tanker Market Size and Volume Forecast by Country
      12.2.1. China
      12.2.2. Japan
      12.2.3. South Korea
      12.2.4. India
      12.2.5. Australia
      12.2.6. Rest of Asia Pacific (APAC)
   12.3. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Country
   12.4. Asia Pacific Aerial Tanker Market Size and Volume Forecast by Application
      12.4.1. Propeller Aircraft
      12.4.2. Turbo-prop Aircraft
      12.4.3. Jet Aircraft
   12.5. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Application
   12.6. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Application
   12.7. Asia Pacific Aerial Tanker Market Size and Volume Forecast by Type
      12.7.1. Probe-and-drogue Type
      12.7.2. Flying Boom Type
      12.7.3. Other
   12.8. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Type
   12.9. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Type
   12.10. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis
      12.10.1. By Country
      12.10.2. By Product Type
      12.10.3. By Application
      12.10.4. By Sales Channel
   12.11. Asia Pacific Aerial Tanker Demand Share, 2019-2026

13. Middle East & Africa Aerial Tanker Market Analysis and Forecast
   13.1. Introduction
      13.1.1. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Country
      13.1.2. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Country
      13.1.3. Asia Pacific Average Pricing Analysis
   13.2. Middle East & Africa Aerial Tanker Market Size and Volume Forecast by Country
      13.2.1. Saudi Arabia
      13.2.2. South Africa
      13.2.3. UAE
      13.2.4. Rest of Middle East & Africa (MEA)
   13.3. Absolute $ Opportunity Assessment by Country
   13.4. Middle East & Africa Aerial Tanker Market Size and Volume Forecast by Application
      13.4.1. Propeller Aircraft
      13.4.2. Turbo-prop Aircraft
      13.4.3. Jet Aircraft
   13.5. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Application
   13.6. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Application
   13.7. Middle East & Africa Aerial Tanker Market Size and Volume Forecast by Type
      13.7.1. Probe-and-drogue Type
      13.7.2. Flying Boom Type
      13.7.3. Other
   13.8. Basis Point Share (BPS) Analysis by Type
   13.9. Y-o-Y Growth Projections by Type
   13.10. Market Attractiveness/Growth Potential Analysis
      13.10.1. By Country
      13.10.2. By Product Type
      13.10.3. By Application
      13.10.4. By Sales Channel
   13.11. Middle East & Africa Aerial Tanker Demand Share, 2019-2026

14. Competition Landscape
   14.1. Global Aerial Tanker Market: Market Share Analysis
   14.2. Aerial Tanker Distributors and Customers
   14.3. Aerial Tanker Market: Competitive Dashboard
   14.4. Company Profiles (Details – Overview, Financials, Developments, Strategy) 
      14.4.1. Airbus Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.2. Boeing Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.3. Dassault Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.4. Lockheed Martin Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.5. Embraer Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.6. United Aircraft Corporation Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.7. COMPANY7 Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.8. COMPANY8 Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.9. COMPANY9 Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.10. COMPANY 10 Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.11. COMPANY 11 Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.12. COMPANY 12 Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.13. COMPANY 13 Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.14. COMPANY 14 Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.15. COMPANY 15 Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.16. COMPANY 16 Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.17. COMPANY 17 Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.18. COMPANY 18 Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.19. COMPANY 19 Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook
      14.4.20. COMPANY 20 Overview Financials Developments Strategic Outlook

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