• Joint Work

Aeropolitical

Project Brief

AACO Aeropolitical Watch Group (AWG) gathers aeropolitical experts from AACO member airlines. The mission of this group is to follow up on the various regulatory affairs affecting the Arab airlines, advocate in favor of the joint interests of AACO members, provide awareness through AACO to the members on Aeropolitical affairs, and suggest solutions wherever applicable.

Members

All AACO member airlines.

Launched: 2010
Project coordinator: Mrs. Manal Fares
Aviation Security

Project Brief

AACO AVSEC Advisory Group gathers the heads of aviation security of AACO member airlines. The mission of the group is to contribute to enhancing members' operational safety through formulating a mechanism to share information related to risk assessments of air routes that members conduct. In addition, the group is a platform to exchange expertise and best practices among members.

Membership in AACO AVSEC Advisory Group is open to all member airlines.

Members

Air Algerie, Air Arabia, Air Cairo, Egyptair, Emirates, Etihad Airways, flydubai, flynas, Gulf Air, Jordan Aviation, Kuwait Airways, Middle East Airlines, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, Saudia and Yemen Airways.

Launched: 2014
Project coordinator: Mr. Rashad Karaky
Distribution Agreement with Amadeus

Project Brief

AACO has recognized the importance of rationalizing the cost of member airlines in distributing their content since the beginning of the 1990s and has entered since then in 5 agreements with different global distribution systems for distribution in the home markets of AACO participating carriers which has resulted in major distribution cost cuts without affecting the free competition environment of this channel. The latest deal signed was between Amadeus and 13 member airlines in 2009 for a term of 10 years.

AACO members benefit from the intensive presence of Amadeus in their home markets and in return, the National Marketing Company (NMC) in each home market of the 13 member airlines caters for the market needs while bringing customer-oriented distribution technology to the travel agents.

AACO Amadeus Steering Board (AASB), including representatives from the 13 member airlines, Amadeus, and AACO, follows up on the deal. The board holds periodic meetings to review the performance of this agreement in order to ensure its effectiveness for member airlines.


Project Benefits

High market share, strong market presence, rationalized distribution cost, innovative functionalities, wider network coverage, and better passenger service.

Members

Afriqiyah Airways, Air Algerie, EgyptAir, Etihad Airways, Kuwait Airways, Libyan Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Saudia, Sudan Airways, Syrian Arab Airlines, Tunisair and Yemen Airways.

Launched: 2008
Project coordinator: Mrs. Manal Fares
Engineering & Maintenance

Project Brief

AACO MRO Collaboration project gathers eight member airlines. The feasibility of the project was assessed using the services of a consultancy firm which concluded that such collaboration would result in significant benefits in cost saving and resource optimization through nine initiatives: Line maintenance, procurement, inventory sharing/pooling, spare engines and APUs, work exchange/shared shops, GE90 engine shipping, loans and exchanges, training and vendor audits.

Project Benefits

  • Quantitative benefits: reducing cost through leveraging economies of scale and negotiating better contractual terms. 
  • Qualitative benefits: optimizing resources such as budgets (training, vendor audits) and staff productivity, harmonization of standards. 
 

Members

Air Algerie, EgyptAir, Emirates, Kuwait Airways, Middle East Airlines, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian and Saudia.

Launched: 2012
Project coordinator: Mr. Rashad Karaky
Emergency Response Planning

Project Brief

AACO ERP project gathers twelve member airlines. Its objectives are to:
  • Develop, maintain and be the custodian of “AACO Emergency Response Mutual Assistance Agreement”; a multilateral agreement for emergency response support amongst the project carriers.
  • Assess, plan, develop and implement a roadmap aiming at enhancing crisis management preparedness in the region.
  • Be a platform to exchange information, developments, experience and best practices among members.

Members

Afriqiyah Airways, Air Arabia, EgyptAir, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Gulf Air, Kuwait Airways, Middle East Airlines, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian and Saudia.

Launched: 2013
Project coordinator: Mr. Rashad Karaky
Environment

Project Brief

The Environmental Policy Group was established in 2008, and gathers Environmental Directors from 21 member airlines.

 

Objective:

  • To follow up on all regulatory, political, and technical developments related to aviation and the environment on both global and regional levels and to to advocate the interests of Arab airlines across all regional and international stake-holders. 
  • To follow up on environmental developments affecting the Arab airlines, advocate their interests, exchange environmental information, provide environmental awareness, and provide cost effective solutions that would help AACO members in facing the environmental challenges.

ICAO and its member States agreed in 2013  on a road-map to finalize work on the Global Market Based Measure and put in place the structure and design element of the global scheme for the assembly of 2016 to review, discuss and possibly adopt the global deal. And upon the recommendation of AACO Executive Committee, the Environmental Policy Group followed up on the environmental developments related to defining the structure and design element of the global scheme, in addition to following up on ICAO’s work and the outcome of the High Level Meetings which were held in order to come up with an agreeable scheme that galvanized the support of all states.

And after 6 years of intensive work from ICAO and its working groups, member States, stakeholders, and international and regional associations, including the Arab Air Carriers’ Organization (AACO), and during its Assembly which was held in Montreal from 16 September to 7 October 2016, ICAO and its member States finalized an agreement for a Global Offsetting Scheme for International Aviation known as CORSIA.

 

Modus Operandi: 
On the Regional level: 

  • To cooperate with Arab Civil Aviation Commission (ACAC) and Civil Aviation Authorities in the Arab world to have a coordinated Arab position which reflects the interests of Arab Airlines and the agreement of Arab States with regards to aviation and the environment.

On the International level:

  • To follow up on ICAO’s work on establishing the necessary mechanisms for implementation of the CORSIA 2020.
  • To work with the concerned Arab authorities and to coordinate with IATA and other regional and international entities, and the Arab Civil Aviation Commission (ACAC) to ensure that the mechanisms will not add further burdens on the Arab airlines.
  • To work with all stakeholders to try to develop a methodology that would recognize efficiencies achieved by airlines prior to 2020 known as the Early Movers.
  • To follow up on the developments related to the EU-ETS and advocate with the European Commission that the issue of aviation and the environment must be dealt with through the provisions and principles of the ICAO resolution which identified the guiding principles for design and implementation of the global MBM to tackle the environmental impact of air transport.

Members

Afriqiyah Airways, Air Cairo, Air Algerie, Air Arabia, EgyptAir, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Gulf Air, Iraqi Airways, Jordan Aviation, Kuwait Airways, Libyan Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, Saudia, Syrian Arab Airlines, TunisAir and Yemen Airways.


Project coordinator: Ms. Manal Diab
Future of Distribution

Project Brief

The Future Distribution Strategies Task Force was established by directives of the Executive Committee in 2013, and consists of 16 member airlines.

Objective:

  • To study and research the latest technological developments related to distribution techniques that meet the consumer needs at all touch points, and provide optimal exposure and reach of member airlines’ products.
  • To develop a comprehensive strategic plan and launch exploratory meetings with the various GDSs to determine the future relationship beyond 2018.

 

Modus Operandi

The group split its work into three phases as below:

 

On the short-term:

To convene a number of workshops with various IT & distributions providers with the objective of gathering information and examining the depth and the level of authenticity of the service providers and to which extent they can support the airlines in meeting their objectives for a future distribution environment and within the NDC initiative of IATA.

 

On the medium-term:

To see if external help is needed to formulate a multi-faceted roadmap for Arab airlines to follow in addressing their future distribution needs.

 

On the long-term:

To prepare the grounds for the future relationship with the GDSs beyond 2018.


Members

Afriqiyah Airways, Air Algerie, Air Cairo, Badr Airlines, EgyptAir, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Jordan Aviation, Kuwait Airways, Mauritania Airlines, Nile Air,Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Saudia, TunisAir, Yemen Airways.


Project coordinator: Ms. Manal Diab
Fuel

Project Brief

AACO strives to provide its member airlines with the optimal operational environment. The project helps the project carriers to secure better fuel contracts at airports worldwide. This is achieved through a tendering process which encourages price competition, and through bilateral negotiations in monopolistic markets.


Members

Afriqiyah Airways, Air Algerie, Air Arabia, Air Cairo, Badr Airlines, EgyptAir, Express Air Cargo, flynas, Gulf Air, Jordan Aviation, Kuwait Airways, Libyan Airlines, Mauritania Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Nile Air, Nouvelair, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, Saudia, Sudan Airways, Syrian Arab Airlines, Tunisair and Yemen Airways.



Launched: 1999
Project coordinator: Mr. Hamza Mazloum
Ground Handling

Project Brief

The objective of the project is to promote cooperation amongst the member airlines at outstations in order to enhance the quality of services they receive while improving the contractual terms with service providers as well as addressing cost optimization. The project covers the following: 

  • Ground Handling Services: This is the core component of the project. It includes a tendering process for the services required by member airlines at oustations which encourage competition between suppliers in cost and quality of services
  • Raising awareness on developments at outstations including relevant legislation
  • Looking into cooperation in CIP Lounges, Check-In areas and other collaboration opportunities

Since the launch of the project, AACO members successfully concluded a number of Ground Handling agreements with their preferred service providers at outstations such as Swissport, AFSL, Fraport, ADRH. Current agreements include an agreement with Havas at Istanbul and 20 other Turkish airports, with Aviapartner in Rome, with Azzura at London Heathrow Terminal 4, with KLAS in Kuala Lumpur,with Celebi in Vienna and with ICAS in Addis Ababa.


Project Benefits

  • Enhance quality of service offered to airlines and passengers
  • Optimize handling cost at oustations
  • Interact with regulatory bodies to advocate the interests of Arab airlines 

Current Projects

  • Amsterdam
  • Montreal
  • Dakar 
  • Berlin

Members

Afriqiyah Airways, Air Algerie, Air Cairo, EgyptAir, Etihad Airways, Gulf Air, Kuwait Airways, Libyan Airlines, Middle East Airlines, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, Saudia, Sudan Airways, Syrian Arab Airlines, Tunisair and Yemen Airways.


Launched: 1999
Project coordinator: Mr. Robert Nemer
Regional Training Center

Project Brief

AACO established its regional training center in Amman in 1996 to provide management training for AACO members, the mission statement is "to offer cost effective quality training", and this today still stands true.

 

AACO Regional Training Center has its branch in Cairo inside EGYPTAIR Training Center hosted by EGYPTAIR.


In 2005 our scope was broadened to include other types of training from the basic training and soft skills, and in 2007 further broadened to include academic educational programs to provide quality training of higher value to educate airline staff on aviation related post graduate programs.


Project Benefits

To provide the training needed by AACO member Airlines by focusing on management training, and offering some basic training courses especially those related to international auditing programs as IOSA and ISAGO. Providing the soft skills needed to raise the capability of the airlines employees, and to offer academic programs related to aviation.


One of AACO RTC main focus is to contribute in developing human resources for member Airlines by organizing training programs for preparing and developing trainers in different aviation topics.



Launched: 1996
Project coordinator: Mr. Mohamed Osman
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