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Global Alliances in the Middle East: not fertile territory


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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  • 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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