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Arab Air Carriers Organization
الاتحاد العربي للنقل الجوي
FormationAugust 25, 1965; 57 years ago (1965-08-25)
HeadquartersBeirut, Lebanon
Official language
Secretary General
Abdul Wahab Teffaha
H.E. Eng. Saleh N. Al Jasser

The Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO; Arabic: الاتحاد العربي للنقل الجوي, romanizedAl-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.[1][2][3] Saudi Arabian Airlines was one of its founding members.[4]

The AACO signed an agreement with the International Civil Aviation Organization that its airlines will have 0% growth of their emissions by 2020.[5]


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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
  Afriqiyah Airways 2002
  Air Algérie 1971
  Air Arabia 2004
  Air Cairo 2007
  Badr Airlines 2015
  EgyptAir[A] 1965 Star Alliance
  Emirates 1989
  Etihad Airways 2004
  Fly Baghdad 2022
  flydubai 2014
  flyEgypt 2017
  flynas 2012
  Gulf Air 1971
  Iraqi Airways[A] 1965
  Jordan Aviation 2004
  Kuwait Airways[A] 1965
  Libyan Airlines 1970
  Mauritania Airlines 2017
  Middle East Airlines[A] 1965 SkyTeam
  Nile Air 2014
  Nouvelair 2011
  Oman Air 1997 Oneworld (in 2024)
  Qatar Airways 1997 Oneworld
  Royal Air Maroc 1974 Oneworld
  Royal Jordanian[A] 1965 Oneworld
  Saudia[A] 1965 SkyTeam
  Sudan Airways[A] 1965
  Syrian Air[A] 1965
  Tarco Aviation 2019
  Tassili Airlines 2012
  Tunisair 1972
  Yemenia[A] 1965

A Founding member
B Ceased operations




Regional Training Center (RTC)

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.

Annual General Meeting (AGM)

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.



  1. ^ Terry M. Mays (18 June 2015). Historical Dictionary of International Organizations in Africa and the Middle East. Rowman & Littlefield Publishers. pp. 66–. ISBN 978-1-4422-5018-5.
  2. ^ Aaron August (1 February 2015). Eine Marktanalyse der Kooperationsstrategien im Luftverkehr: Strategische Allianzen vs. Emirates & Co (in German). pp. 27–. ISBN 978-3-95549-854-2.
  3. ^ Aviation Week & Space Technology. Vol. 84. McGraw-Hill. April 1966. pp. 143–. 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 …
  4. ^ "History of SAUDIA: Phenomenal growth for Middle East airline in the 60s". 6 April 2016. Retrieved 14 November 2018.
  5. ^ Ghita Benslimane (30 November 2016). "Arab Air Carriers' Organization Reiterates Commitment to Fighting Climate Change". Retrieved 14 November 2018.