The Airline Cooperative

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The Airline Cooperative
Formation1 July 2012 (2012-07-01)
TypeInternational trade association
HeadquartersSeefeldstraße 69, Zurich, Switzerland
147 International Airlines (2015)

The Airline Cooperative (ACO) is a membership organisation formed by a broad group of International Airlines, with the structure of a Cooperative Society. The pivotal aim of the Cooperative is to share non-competitive information, and work together to increase awareness of relevant safety and security concerns, improve efficiency, reduce costs, learn, and grow. [1]

As of March 2015, there were 147 airlines in the group.[2] These airlines are located in 66 different countries worldwide, at 116 different airport base locations.[3]

Difference to traditional Trade Organisations[edit]

The Airline Cooperative is differentiated from existing airline groups like IATA, AEA, ERA, and so on, in that these are all primarily acting as Trade associations, with a vertical structure that focuses on Political Lobbying at the top. The Airline Cooperative instead focuses on peer-to-peer communication, with Airlines talking directly to each other on key focus areas such as Security, Flight Operations, Route information, Large-scale ATC and Weather events, Emergency Response Planning, and Ground Handling issues.[4]


The initial members of The Airline Cooperative came together in 2012, to run a beta-test involving sharing information across the Flight Operations departments of the member airlines.[5]

In 2014, the group had expanded to 80 member airlines. [6]

In 2015, the group reached 140 member airlines and continues to grow. [7]


In March 2015, a published map showed there to be:
- 147 Airline members worldwide
- 66 countries with Airline Cooperative airline members
- 116 Airport bases with airlines taking part in the Cooperative



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  2. ^ "The Airline Cooperative". ACO. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  3. ^ "The Airline Cooperative - where are we?". ACO. Retrieved 20 March 2015.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 8 May 2015. Retrieved 29 April 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 30 March 2015.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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