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Airbus Middle East, Airbus ProSky and Arab Civil Aviation Commission (ACAC) sign a MOC to Advance Air Traffic Management and Communication Navigation

posted on Sep 6, 2015

Dubai, UAE – 6 September 2015 – The link between the growth of aviation sector and the Middle East’s economic growth cannot be ignored. Many of the national airlines regionally are preparing for expansive growth over the next decade and beyond, projected in the range of five percent or more annually. As a result the demands on the region’s air traffic management (ATM) system are mounting and changes to increase access and capacity are crucial to future growth of the regional industry.

Recognizing this increasing requirement, the Arab Civil Aviation Commission (ACAC) is signing a memorandum of understanding (MOC) with Airbus Middle East and Airbus ProSky, part of “Services by Airbus,” to conduct a deep and formal study to better understand the current regional airspace challenges and to implement necessary planning and coordinate essential changes.

H.E Engineer Mohammed Sherif, DG of ACAC stated “There have been significant changes in the global approach to ATM and aviation in the Middle East and North of Africa which is shifting in how Air Navigation Services are provided. There has been, and there continues to be, unprecedented rapid growth of aviation in parts of the region. This is straining ATM capabilities and spurring various localized efforts to increase planning and coordination.”

Fouad Attar, Managing Director of Airbus Middle East, stated “We are pleased to enter in cooperation with such an important regional organization and look forward to a close collaboration. We are confident that by covering one of the most challenging parts of the world in terms of air traffic growth and geopolitics, this airspace study will provide benefit to all of us, especially to our valuable customers.”

The ATM Study intends to develop both near-term requirements and longer term strategic needs to formulate a master plan for regional air navigation service provision right up to 2030. Included therein will be a recommended systematic process to prioritise and balance investments aiming to optimize ATM for the Arab Middle East and Northern Africa area. The study will set out to and achieve the following:

  • Improve airspace safety and efficiency
  • Improve interoperability between ANSPs to foster seamless services across borders
  • Increase airspace capacity to meet future demand requirements
  • Increase access to airports
  • Reduce environmental impact of increasing traffic by providing improved ATM operations

About “Services by Airbus”

Airbus, through “Services by Airbus”, offers end-to-end fleet lifecycle solutions for all its customers. The portfolio ranges from standalone services, to the most complete integrated solutions, including Flight Hour & Tailored Support packages, upgrades, training, e-solutions, engineering & maintenance, flight operations Air Traffic Management, and material management services. Together these enhance aircraft superiority by continuously adapting to customers' evolving needs. With more than 40 years of experience in the aircraft industry and a worldwide network of more than 2,500 professionals, customers benefit from the unique expertise and capabilities from Airbus and its affiliated family companies.

For further information, please contact:

Kara Evanko, Head of Communications, Airbus ProSky


About the Arab Civil Aviation Commission

The Arab Civil Aviation Commission (ACAC) is a specialized organization working under the auspices of the League of Arab States with the objective of strengthening coordination and cooperation among Arab countries in the area of civil aviation. ACAC Treaty of Establishment entered into effect on February 7, 1996. Its members are: Bahrain, Palestine, Egypt, Qatar, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Sudan, Lebanon, Syria, Libya, Tunisia, Morocco, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen, Algeria, and Mauritania. For more information, please visit www.acac.org.ma .

For further information, please contact:

Hicham Bennani, Air navigation and safety Expert, ACAC.




Press Contact


Kara Evanko
Head of Communications,  
Airbus ProSky
Email: kara.evanko@airbus.com



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