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Outlook 2010 for second tier Middle East airlines


Aviation headlines in the Middle East tend to be dominated by the ambitious sixth freedom hub players (the ‘Big Three’: Emirates, Etihad Airways and Qatar Airways). However, there are some major developments at the second tier full service carriers in the region, such as Oman Air, Royal Jordanian, Gulf Air and Middle East Airlines, as featured in this report. These carriers are reshaping competition in and beyond the region and are being reshaped themselves by dynamic change in the Middle East. [6070 words]

Unlock the following content in this report:


  • Royal Jordanian: A model turnaround faces a new challenge
  • Middle East Airlines: One of the most successful smaller airlines
  • Oman Air: Expanding its niche
  • Gulf Air: Pass the parcel?
  • Global alliances outlook in the Middle East

Graphs and data:

  • Royal Jordanian gross and net profits: 2001-2009 (JOD)
  • Royal Jordanian financial & traffic highlights: 12 months ended 31-Dec-2009
  • Royal Jordanian destinations: Feb-2010
  • Middle East Airlines destinations: Feb-2010
  • Beirut International Airport traffic: 2000-2008
  • Middle East Airlines profits (USD): 2002-2009
  • Middle East Airlines aircraft configurations (seats) vs Airbus recommended configuration
  • Oman Air destinations: Feb-2010
  • Oman Air First Class suites
  • Oman Air passenger traffic and growth: 1997 to 2009
  • Oman Air net profits (USD): 2003 to 2008
  • Gulf Air annual losses (USD): 2001-2009
  • Gulf Air & Bahrain Air competing regional routes: Feb-2010
  • Gulf Air capacity share by region: Feb-2010
  • Gulf Air destinations: Feb-2010
  • Middle East carriers’ airline codeshare partners, by global alliance: Feb-2010
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