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.

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