الاتحاد العربي للنقل الجوي
|Formation||August 25, 1965|
|Abdul Wahab Teffaha|
|H.E. Eng. Saleh N. Al Jasser|
The Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO; Arabic: الاتحاد العربي للنقل الجوي, romanized: Al-Ittiḥād al-`Arabiyy lil-Naql al-Jawwiyy, lit. 'Arab Union for Air Transport') is a non-profit organization with 33 constituent airline members from 19 countries within North Africa and the Middle East: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen. It is headquartered in Beirut, Lebanon. The AACO members collectively offer 3,514 daily flights to 451 airports in 127 countries.
The organization was created on 25 August 1965 upon the recommendation of the Transport Committee of the League of Arab States and the endorsement of the Arab transport ministers. Saudi Arabian Airlines was one of its founding members.
The AACO signed an agreement with the International Civil Aviation Organization that its airlines will have 0% growth of their emissions by 2020.
AACO is the platform of cooperation between its members and various stake-holders in the aviation industry, established partnership programs: one is the Partner Airlines, where non-Arab Airlines can join AACO and benefit from its joint work, the second is the Industry Partners, where aviation stakeholders attend AACO events and activities to strengthen their relations with member and partner airlines. It provides a joint framework for cooperation amongst its members in many areas as: Amadeus Distribution Agreement, Fuel, Maintenance Repair and Overhaul (MRO), Emergency Response Planning (ERP), Cooperation at Outstations, Environment, Aero-political Affairs, Future Distribution Strategies, Aviation Security (AVSEC), and training through AACO's regional training center.
|Member airline||Joined||Airline alliance|
|Middle East Airlines[A]||1965||SkyTeam|
|Oman Air||1997||Oneworld (in 2024)|
|Royal Air Maroc||1974||Oneworld|
A Founding member
B Ceased operations
AACO Regional Training Center (RTC) was established in 1996 in Amman – Jordan through a financial support from the European Commission and the two major aircraft manufacturers Airbus and Boeing, with a main objective of providing training for AACO members to be conducted in the region. AACO RTC provides industry courses in many aviation management and specialized fields and also provides customized courses in aviation, travel and tourism-related affairs. Its objective is to provide training and human resources development, and to assist airlines to achieve savings in their training budgets.
In the fourth quarter of 2009, the regional training center expanded its activities to include specialized courses in aviation and training programs to enhance the skills of human resources in the Arab region. This expansion resulted in the graduation of over 20,000 trainees. To meet the increased training needs of AACO Member Airlines, a new branch of the training center was opened in Cairo.
AACO AGM is the highest authority in AACO and comprises the CEOs of the Member Arab Airlines. The AGM gathers once a year to set the strategies and roadmap of AACO. The Annual General Assembly of AACO brings together the CEOs of member airlines in addition to a good deal of aviation stake-holders and industry partners, as well as international and local press.
AACO Forums aim at providing platforms for communication and networking between members, partner airlines, regulators, associations and suppliers in the aviation industry. In addition, those forums are always followed by closed meetings for member airlines only, where airlines discuss the outcome of the event and direct AACO to work on issues of common interest in relevant domains.
By L. L. Doty Cairo— Formation of an Arab airline bloc to increase the competitive power of Middle East carriers is a direct … Designated the Arab Air Carriers Organization (AW&ST Nov. 15, 1965, p. 52). the group can best be described as a …