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Global Alliances in the Middle East: not fertile territory

2-Aug-2010

The interests of airlines based in the Middle East are addressed by an organization known as AACO, Arab Air Carriers Association. Among regional carrier groups, AACO is unusual; only two of the group's airlines are affiliated with one of the three global Alliances; Star claims Egyptair and Royal Jordanian is in oneworld. Furthermore, the number of passengers attributable to those two carriers in 2009 is roughly 9.5 million, meaning that less than 10% of the region’s passengers travel on alliance affiliated carriers. And there appears to be only limited scope for this situation to change in the near future, as this overview reports. [2333 words]

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Subheadings:

  • Some outliers
  • Arabesk, an association within AACO
  • The Big Players dominate the statistics, and the outlook
  • Gulf airlines mostly not interested in alliances
  • But Qatar and Gulf Air may be inclined
  • North African members
  • Other Middle East carriers perhaps not candidates
  • Iran and Israel - not short term prospects
  • Qatar remains the most likely

Graphs and data:

  • AACO carrier data for the Year 2009 (scheduled services)
  • Current and Planned Fleets
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