Thai aerospace prepares to expand offerings in aviation, aerospace industry

Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) has announced that Thailand is increasing its presence in the aviation and aerospace sector, the board said.

According to its Commercial Market Outlook 2018, Boeing forecast that in the next 20 years, Asia Pacific will become a major market where fleet of aircraft would be increased 2.8 times from current fleet of 6,139 aircraft to 16,977 aircraft in 2036.

This trend will boost demand for commercial aviation services, ranging from supply chain support (parts and parts logistics) to maintenance and engineering services, aircraft modifications and airline operation services. The center of such business, which is now in North America and Europe, will shift to Asia Pacific in the next 20 years.

Thailand, with its strategic location in the heart of Southeast Asia, is already an aviation hub of the region. The continuous growth in the tourism industry and national economy has driven the country´s air traffic to increase three times faster than the global market. In 2017, the number of aircraft movements at the main airports operated by Airports Authority of Thailand Plc (AOT) grew by 5.41% to 833,084 flights. Considering passenger movements, the number of passengers handled at the AOT´s airports grew by 9.37% while freight and postal parcel volume increased by 9.68%.

Together with the increasing aircraft and passenger movement, the country´s 38 commercial airports, diverse international and local airlines operating in the country make Thailand one of the fast-growing maintenance, repair, and overhaul — MRO — services industry and several companies involved in the manufacturing business.

Considering such high potential, the Thai government has included aerospace in the targeted industries that will promote national competitiveness and Thai economic transformation.