The Airline Cooperative
|Formation||1 July 2012|
|Type||International trade association|
|Headquarters||Seefeldstraße 69, Zurich, Switzerland|
|147 International Airlines (2015)|
The Airline Cooperative (ACO) is a membership organisation formed by a broad group of International Airlines, with the structure of a Cooperative Society. The pivotal aim of the Cooperative is to share non-competitive information, and work together to increase awareness of relevant safety and security concerns, improve efficiency, reduce costs, learn, and grow.
Difference to traditional Trade Organisations
The Airline Cooperative is differentiated from existing airline groups like IATA, AEA, ERA, and so on, in that these are all primarily acting as Trade associations, with a vertical structure that focuses on Political Lobbying at the top. The Airline Cooperative instead focuses on peer-to-peer communication, with Airlines talking directly to each other on key focus areas such as Security, Flight Operations, Route information, Large-scale ATC and Weather events, Emergency Response Planning, and Ground Handling issues.
In March 2015, a published map showed there to be:
- 147 Airline members worldwide
- 66 countries with Airline Cooperative airline members
- 116 Airport bases with airlines taking part in the Cooperative
- "The Airline Cooperative". ACO. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
- "The Airline Cooperative - where are we?". ACO. Retrieved 20 March 2015.