• 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
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.


Project Benefits

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Members

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



Launched: 1999
Project coordinator: Mr. Mohamed Awada
Emergency Response Planning

Project Brief

AACO ERP project gathers eleven 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 Algerie, EgyptAir, Emirates, Etihad Airways, Gulf Air, Kuwait Airways, Middle East Airlines, Oman Air, Qatar Airways and Saudia.

Launched: 2013
Project coordinator: Mr. Rashad Karaky
Engineering & Maintenance

Project Brief

AACO MRO Collaboration project gathers seven 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 and Saudia.

Launched: 2012
Project coordinator: Mr. Rashad Karaky
Environment

Project Brief

Gathers the Environmental Directors from all AACO Members. The mission of this group is to follow up on the various Environmental policy issues affecting the Arab airlines, lobby in favor of the common interests of AACO members, provide environmental awareness to members, and find solutions that would help AACO members in facing environmental challenges.


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

Aims at studying and researching the latest technological developments related to distribution techniques that meet the consumer needs at all touch points, and provides optimal exposure and reach of member airlines’ products. It also aims at defining a comprehensive vision and formulating a strategy to deal with the distribution landscape beyond the year 2018 in light of the developments in this domain.

This task force is open to all member airlines.

Members

Afriqiyah Airways, Air Algerie, Egyptair, Emirates, Etihad Airways, flynas, Gulf Air, Kuwait Airways, Middle East Airlines, Oman Air, Qatar Airways, Rotana Jet, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian, Saudia, Syrian Arab Airlines, Tunisair and Yemen Airways.

Project coordinator: Ms. Manal Diab
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 Ground Handling Steering Board successfully concluded a number of Ground Handling agreements with several 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 and with KLAS in Kuala Lumpur.


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

  • Paris
  • Geneva
  • Zurich
  • Frankfurt
  • India
  • Vienna

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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