Arab Air Carriers Organization

Arab Air Carriers Organization
الاتحاد العربي للنقل الجوي
Formation August 25, 1965 (1965-08-25)

The Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO, Arabic: الاتحاد العربي للنقل الجوي, translit. Al-Ittiḥād al-`Arabiyy lil-Naql al-Jawwiyy, lit. 'Arab Union for Air Transport'), headquartered in Beirut, Lebanon, was established in 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]

It is a non-political, non-profit Arab organization with 30 members in 18 countries,[4] which offer 3,514 daily flights to 451 airports in 127 countries. Its goal is to promote cooperation, quality and safety standards among the Arab airlines.

Joint work

The Arab Air Carriers' Organization 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.

AACO community

AACO being 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.

AACO 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 a large number of aviation management and specialized fields, & also provides customized courses in aviation, travel & tourism related affairs. Its objective is to provide training and human resources development, and to assist airlines to achieve savings in their training budgets.

During the fourth quarter of 2009, and after the graduation of more than 20,000 trainees as a result of the expansion of the activities of the regional training center to include specialized courses in most fields of aviation, as well as training courses to raise and develop skills of the human resources in the Arab region, a new branch of the training center has been opened in Cairo to cover the increase of the training needs of AACO Member Airlines.

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 large number 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.


AACO members

AACO partner airlines

AACO locations around the Arab world


  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. … Die Arab Air Carriers Organization (kurz: AACO) wurde 1965 gegründet und dient der Förderung der Fluggesellschaften der Arabischen Liga. Hierbei …
  3. Aviation Week & Space Technology. 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. M. S. Kassem; Ghazi M. Habib (1 January 1989). Strategic Management of Services in the Arab Gulf States: Company and Industry Cases. Walter de Gruyter. pp. 36–. ISBN 978-3-11-085401-5.
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