Arab Airlines are looking to take their co-operation in areas like ground handling and fuel buying even further with co-operation on routes to Asia and Africa, and possible further expansion into other regions. Following an Arab Air Carriers Organisation (AACO)meeting in early October, Egyptair, Middle East Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, Royal Jordanian and Saudia have formed the alliance to look at exchanging cross-feed on long- and medium-haul routes. A further meeting of the new alliance members in November will identify when and where the pilot project will begin. AACO has called upon all its 20 members to join this nucleus of an alliance. The AACO Executive Committee has also said it will open talks with the major global alliances to explore areas of commonality and co-operation.

Source: Airline Business