Arabesk (airline alliance)
- EgyptAir (Star Alliance member)
- Gulf Air
- Middle East Airlines (SkyTeam member)
- Royal Jordanian (oneworld member)
- Saudia (SkyTeam member)
In 2007 these were joined by:
The project aimed to boost market share and coordinate schedules, reduce duplication on routes and link the destinations network of its members, which stretched from North America to East Asia. At that time, Arab airline operators were generally not included in the major airline alliances, partly because of their relatively small market share.
As well as coordinating schedules, the Arabesk carriers consolidated joint fuel purchasing under the AACO umbrella, and other supplies. Abdul Wahab Teffaha, Secretary General of AACO, explained, “This is not an airline alliance, but a unique grouping of carriers from a single region designed to help members realise better commercial potential, through schedule coordination.”
The project continued until the end of the decade.
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- AACO, 10 February 2006."Founder Airlines of Arabesk sign Articles of Co-operation". Archived from the original on 2007-06-25. Retrieved 2007-10-31.
- Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO),"Joint projects". Archived from the original on 2010-10-23. Retrieved 2008-07-17.