Author: Mandy Patterson

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has shared some optimistic news about the airline industry’s economic prospects. As a business owner or founder in the airline support services sector, this spells out immense opportunities. Here’s a closer look at how big money can fuel your business and how you can align with this upward trajectory. 

The Promise of 2023 

For context, the airline industry’s net profits are anticipated to reach an astonishing $9.8 billion in 2023. This is more than double the previous forecast. Operating profits? An impressive $22.4 billion. With a total of 4.35 billion people expected to fly this year, the demand for support services — from maintenance and repair organizations (MROs) to catering and in-flight entertainment providers — is undeniable. 

Strategizing with the Growth 

– Expand Geographically: North America remains a leading player, with a forecasted net profit of $11.5 billion. Europe follows suit with $5.1 billion. Targeting these profitable regions can reap significant dividends. 

– Innovate Services: Cargo revenues remain robust, with expectations to hit $142.3 billion. Rethink your offerings to cater to this market. 

Streamline Operations: With non-fuel expenses well-controlled by airlines, there’s potential to offer solutions that further drive efficiencies in airline operations. 

Mitigate Risks: Be aware of global economic conditions. Plan for inflation fluctuations, geopolitical tensions, and supply chain disruptions. By understanding these challenges, you can better position your services as essential solutions. 

Harnessing Big Money 

If you’re considering taking the leap to scale or innovate, now is the time. The industry’s profitability means there’s increased investor confidence. Engaging with Owner Resource Group (ORG) can provide a partnership that soars well beyond traditional investors. ORG isn’t just a private equity firm but a proven partner, committed to ensuring businesses like yours achieve their greatest potential value. We’re here to give you confidence in the next chapter of your journey, blending our expertise with your vision towards a future filled with growth and profitability with your leadership team. Here are a few examples of how ORG can help supercharge your business: 

– Expansion Capital: Improve your infrastructure, expand your workforce, or acquire competitors.

– Operational Expertise: Leverage industry insights and management talent.

– Network Expansion: Collaborate with industry leaders, gain better contracts, or forge new partnerships.

Seize the Moment 

As Willie Walsh, IATA’s Director General, highlighted, the financial performance in 2023 is beyond expectations. For support service companies, this growth offers a unique chance to harness the momentum. It’s not just about surviving; it’s about thriving and leveraging capital to create an industry stronghold. 

As industry leaders, founders, and business owners in the airline support sector, the skies are clearing, and the horizon looks promising. 


Reference: The International Air Transport Association (IATA) announcement, 2023. 



I’m Mandy, Principal at Owner Resource Group (ORG). I have immersed myself in the aviation industry for over a decade, actively participating in events like the National Business Aviation Association, MRO Americas, Aircraft Electronics Association, Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Aviation Suppliers Association, Modification and Replacement Parts Association, Heli Expo, and many more. Interested in a growth strategy tailored to your unique business and goals? I’d love to hear about your vision for your business and trade insights. Let’s Connect!