Rahul Sharma

Arabesk (airline alliance)

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Arabesk Network Cooperation Project was a "network alignment project", an unofficial and non-binding airline alliance, comprising members of Arab Air Carriers Organization (AACO).

This network alignment group was founded in 2006, after a year of preparation with technical assistance from Sabre Airline Solutions, by the following seven airlines:

  • EgyptAir (Star Alliance member)
  • Gulf Air
  • Middle East Airlines (SkyTeam member)
  • Royal Jordanian (oneworld member)
  • Saudia (SkyTeam member)
  • Tunisair
  • Yemenia
  • In 2007 these were joined by:

  • Etihad Airways
  • Syrian Arab Airlines
  • The last addition to the project was:

  • Sudan Airways
  • 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.

    References

    Arabesk (airline alliance) Wikipedia


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