AACO is the regional association for the Arab airlines. Its vision is to stand out globally as THE association that serves with dedication its members and be instrumental in dealing with an evolving aviation industry. Its mission is to serve and protect their common interests and be the catalyst of their cooperation.
AACO is the association of 31 Arab airlines based in the Middle East and North Africa. The Arab region's air transport market is one of the fastest growing markets in the world. AACO members have been growing in double digits for the last seven consecutive years despite the downturns that affected the industry.
AACO Membership Requirements
I - Membership in AACO is available to Arab airlines operating both scheduled and non-scheduled services, internationally or domestically, mixed or cargo, in the following categories:
II- The rights and obligations of members
- A- Active Member: Airlines operating scheduled international services
- B- Associate Member: Airlines operating Charter or non-scheduled operations and airlines operating pure domestic flights.
The right to vote is exclusively for active members. The rest of the rights and duties are to all members, including the following commitments:
III - Qualifications for membership
- A- Implementation of AACO Articles of Association
- B- Work to achieve the objectives of AACO and honor the General Assembly resolutions.
- C- To avoid harmful competition, and all that would harm the legitimate interests of AACO members, within the framework of applicable laws.
Any Arab airline can apply for membership in AACO provided the following conditions apply:
IV. Applications for Membership
- A- To bear the nationality of one or more of the Arab States and be headquartered in one of these States.
- B- To operate, under a license issued by the national civil aviation authorities, air routes to carry passengers, mail or cargo.
- C- More than 50% of its capital to be Arab
- D- To have Safety certificates of its operations recognized by the Civil Aviation Authority or other internationally recognized certificates such as the IOSA.
V. Membership Application Form
- A- All membership applications should be submitted to AACO Secretariat General.
- B- The Executive Committee shall review all applications and take the appropriate decision inline with AACO Articles of Association.
- C- The Executive Committee reserves the right to decline membership if applicant doesn't meet the membership qualifications.
- D- Membership becomes effective when the airline settles its basic membership full dues, commensurate with the remainder of the first fiscal year of its entry.
The application form should be completed and returned with the documents listed below:
- A certified copy of the Air Operator's Certificate (AOC)
- Published timetable. For non-scheduled operations, a list of destinations is requested
- Company bylaws
- Company's full address
- Information about the fleet (Number & Aircraft Types and registration)
- An audited financial statement for the past three years, if available.
- Safety certificates recognized by the Civil Aviation Authority or other internationally recognized certificates such as the IOSA.
For information about Membership Dues or Clarification about membership requirements, kindly contact AACO
Application Forms (Arabic