The U.S. is the World’s Leading Exporter of Balloons and Dirigibles

Railway Locomotives And Rolling Stock July 21, 2015
Author: Alexander Romanenko
Chief Executive Officer

The U.S. is the leader in the global trade of balloon and dirigible, glider, hang glider and other non-powered aircraft. In 2014, the U.S. exported 40 thousand units of balloons and dirigibles, gliders, hang gliders and other non-powered aircraft totaling 5 million USD, 28% over the previous year. Its primary trading partner was the Republic of Korea, where it supplied 25% of its total balloons and dirigibles, gliders, hang gliders and other non-powered aircraft exports in value terms.

From 2007 to 2014, the U.S. was a net importer of balloons and dirigibles, gliders, hang gliders and other non-powered aircraft. In this period, imports consistently exceeded exports in value terms.

Germany and Israel were among the other main global suppliers of balloons and dirigibles, gliders, hang gliders and other non-powered aircraft in 2014. However, the fastest growing exporters from 2007 to 2014 were Japan (+21% per year) and the U.S. (+8% per year).

In 2014, the U.S.'s top 5 trading partners were the Republic of Korea, Argentina, New Zealand, France and Switzerland, with a combined 57% share of the U.S.'s balloon and dirigible, glider, hang glider and other non-powered aircraft exports. The share of the Republic of Korea increased significantly (+24 percentage points). The shares of the other trading partners also illustrated positive dynamics.

Source: World: Balloons And Dirigibles; Gliders, Hang Gliders And Other Non-Powered Aircraft - Market Report. Analysis and Forecast to 2020