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United Arab Emirates (UAE) is a federation of seven independent states located in the south-eastern corner of the Arabian Peninsula. It is bordered by the Persian Gulf to the north, Saudi Arabia to the south and west, and Oman and the Gulf of Oman to the east. It became independent as the UAE in 1971. Its seven member states are Abu Dhabi (Ab Zaby), 'Ajmn, Dubayy, Al Fujayrah, Ra's al Khaymah, Ash Shriqah, and Umm al Qaywayn. The city of Abu Dhabi, located in the emirate of the same name, is the federal capital and the largest city
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March 24, 2017  Honesty Air Cargo is new airline that part of a larger shipping group. It is located at Ras al Khaimah International (RKT)  [added]
January 24, 2017 GI Aviation formally commenced operations on 22Jan2017 [status change]
December 27, 2016 GI Aviation was awarded its AOC in Dec2016 [update]

Airline

Status Operating Dates

Abu Dhabi Air   

Renamed 1976* - 1976*

^ Comments : Abu Dhabi Air was renamed to Emirates Air Services

^ Genealogy : Abu Dhabi Air >Emirates Air Services

Abu Dhabi Aviation   

Active 1976 - date

^ Comments : Abu Dhabi Aviation was established & began as a helicopter operator on 15Mar1976, fixed wing services started in 1991

^ Genealogy :  

ADCO Airlines (Air Mannia)   

Unsure **** - ****

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Aerocomplex   

Inactive 1989 - 1991*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Aerogulf   

Unsure 1976* - 1979*

^ Comments : Aerogulf was founded in 1876

^ Genealogy :  

Aerovista Gulf Express   

Active 1999 - date

^ Comments : Aerovista Gulf Express was founded in 1999

^ Genealogy :  

Afghan Jet International   

Active 2014 - date

^ Comments : Afghan Jet International was founded in 2013 & commenced operations on 12Apr2014 and served domestic destinations from its base at Hamid Karzai International Airport

^ Genealogy :  

African Airlines   

Unconfirmed (****)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Aftrans Aero   

Active 2015* - date

^ Comments : Dubai based cargo carrier

^ Genealogy :  

Air Arabia (Al Arabiya Airline)   

Active 2003 - date

^ Comments : Air Arabia was founded on 03Feb2003 & commenced operations on 28Oct2003. The national carrier of Sharjah offering low cost services

^ Genealogy :  

Air Falcon   

Unconfirmed (****)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Air Gulf Falcon   

Inactive 1999 - 2003*

^ Comments : Air Gulf Falcon was founded in 1999

^ Genealogy :  

Air Intergulf   

Unsure 1975 - 1979*

^ Comments : Air Intergulf was founded in 1975

^ Genealogy :  

Air-Van   

Inactive 2003* - 2005

^ Comments : Air-Van was formed in 2003

^ Genealogy :  

Al Hajjar Air   

Renamed 2012 - 2012

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Al Hajjar Air >Eastern Express

Al Hamra Airlines   

Renamed (2005)

^ Comments : RAK Airways was formed as Al Hamra Airlines but was renamed before opertions started. RAK Airways operations started on 29Nov2007. Suspended all services & relaunched as a low-cost carrier on 10Oct2010. Ceased on 01Jan2014

^ Genealogy : Al Hamra Airlines >RAK Airways

Al Jaber Aviation   

Active 2011* - date

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Al Rais Cargo   

Active 2004 - date

^ Comments : Al Rais Cargo has been chartering aircraft since 1993 but then formed it's own airline

^ Genealogy :  

Al Sayegh Airlines   

Active 2010 - date

^ Comments : Al Sayegh Airlines was founded in 2008

^ Genealogy :  

Arabjet   

Not started (2009*)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Ave.com   

Active 2005 - date

^ Comments : Ave.com was formed as Phoenix Aviation in 1996

^ Genealogy : Ave.com

Blue Sky Aviation Services   

Inactive 2014* - 2015

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Bravo Cargo Services   

Active 2014* - date

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

British Gulf International Airlines   

Inactive 2001 - 2007

^ Comments : British Gulf International Airlines has ceased operations

^ Genealogy :  

Cargo Plus Aviation   

Unsure 2001 - 2008*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

CFS Air Cargo   

Active 2015* - date

^ Comments : CFS Air Cargo utilise two DC.8-73F freighters on cargo operations [added]

^ Genealogy :  

Click Airways   

Active 2004 - date

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Connect Air   

Not started (2001*)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Damal Airlines   

Inactive 1993 - 2005

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

DC Aviation Al-Futtaim   

Active 2015 - date

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Dolphin Air   

Active 2002 - date

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Santa Cruz Imperial (Liberia) >Flying Dolphin Airlines >Dolphin Air

East/West Cargo*   

Unsure 2004* - 2006*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Eastern Express (Al Hajjar Aviation)   

Not started (2012)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Eastern Express

Eastern Skyjets   

Active 2004 - date

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Elite Jets   

Unsure 2004 - 2006*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Emarat Link Aviation   

Unsure 2001 - 2002*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Emirates Air Services   

Inactive 1979* - 1996*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Abu Dhabia Air >Emirates Air Services

Emirates Air Transport   

Unsure 1976* - 1976*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Emirates Airlines   

Active 1985 - date

^ Comments : Emirates Airlines was established on 25Mar1985 by the Dubai government & first flight, EK600 departed Dubai International for Karachi on 25Oct1985. International and regional passenger and cargo airline.

^ Genealogy :  

Emirates International Air Cargo   

Not started (2014)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Emirates SkyCargo   

Active 1985 - date

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Empost Air (Emirates Postal Service)   

Active 2007 - date

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Etihad Airways   

Active 2003 - date

^ Comments : Etihad Airways was founded in Jul2003 by Abu Dhabi Royal (Amiri) Decree & started operations on 05Nov2003 with a ceremonial flight to Al Ain. Commercial services started on 12Nov2003

^ Genealogy :  

Etihad Crystal Cargo   

Active 2004 - date

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Experts Air Cargo   

Renamed 2005 - 2006

^ Comments : Maximus Air was established as Experts Air Cargo by the UAE Ministry of Defence in 2005 & rebranded to Maximus Air Cargo on 06Sep2006 & then Maximus Air in 2011

^ Genealogy : Experts Air Cargo >Maximus Air Cargo >Maximus Air

Falcon Express Cargo Airlines   

Inactive 1995* - 2012

^ Comments : Falcon Express Cargo Airlines was formed in 1995 & operations were suspended 15Oct2012

^ Genealogy :  

FIATS   

Unconfirmed (****)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

fly RAK   

Not started (2012)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

FlyDubai   

Active 2009 - date

^ Comments : FlyDubai received its air operator’s certificate on 25May2009 & scheduled flights commenced on 01Jun2009

^ Genealogy :  

FlyDubai Cargo   

Active 2012 - date

^ Comments : Budget carrier flydubai launched a cargo division on 01Jan2012.

^ Genealogy :  

Flying Dolphin Airlines   

Renamed 2002* - 2002

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy : Santa Cruz Imperial (Liberia) >Flying Dolphin Airlines >Dolphin Air

Fujairah Air   

Inactive 2000 - 2001*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Gaylan Air Cargo   

Inactive 1980 - 1981

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

GCS Cargo (Global Charter Services)   

Active 2012* - date

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

GI Aviation   

Active 2017 - date

^ Comments : GI Aviation was awarded its AOC in Dec2016 & will offer privete/business charters from Abu Dhabi Bateen (AZI). Formally commenced operations in Jan2017

^ Genealogy :  

Global Aircargo   

Unsure 1999* - 1999*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Global Jet   

Active 2009 - date

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Gulf Aviation Technology & Services   

Unsure 2000* - 2002*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Gulf Regional   

Not started (2000)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Hamarein Air   

Unsure 1977 - 1979*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Heavylift International   

Active 2005 - date

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Honesty Air Cargo  added

Planned 2017 >

^ Comments : Honesty Air Cargo is new airline that part od a larger shipping group. It is located at Ras al Khaimah International (RKT)

^ Genealogy :  

Intal Air   

Unsure 1999 - 2006*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Jet-Ops   

Active 2007 - date

^ Comments : Jet-Ops was founded in 2005 by Stuart Wheeler

^ Genealogy :  

JetSet Cargo   

Unsure 2005* - 2006*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Johnsons Air Service   

Unsure 2004* - 2006*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Jupiter Airlines   

Active 2004 - date

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Kang Pacific Airlines   

Inactive 2008 - 2008

^ Comments : Kang Pacific Airlines was based at Fujairah Airport. Operations started & ended on 06Jun2008

^ Genealogy :  

Liwa Air (Babeel Aviation)   

Unsure 2006 - 2008*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Maximus Air   

Active 2011 - date

^ Comments : Maximus Air was established as Experts Air Cargo by the UAE Ministry of Defence in 2005 & rebranded to Maximus Air Cargo on 06Sep2006 & then Maximus Air in 2011

^ Genealogy : Experts Air Cargo >Maximus Air Cargo >Maximus Air

Maximus Air Cargo   

Renamed 2006 - 2011

^ Comments : Maximus Air was established as Experts Air Cargo by the UAE Ministry of Defence in 2005 & rebranded to Maximus Air Cargo on 06Sep2006 & then Maximus Air in 2011

^ Genealogy : Experts Air Cargo >Maximus Air Cargo >Maximus Air

Midex Airlines   

Inactive 2008 - 2015

^ Comments : Midex Airlines was founded in 2007 & ceased operations in Jun2015

^ Genealogy :  

MMA Airlines   

Not started (2012)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Nada al-Sharq International   

Not started (2001)

^ Comments : Nada al-Sharq International was founded in Nov2000 & intended to operate a single B727 aircraft to Baghdad but had to postpone because of UN sanctions

^ Genealogy :  

N-Air International   

Not started (2014)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Nova Gulf (ETA Air Services)   

Inactive 2000* - 2003*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Orbit Aviation   

Not started (2006)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Oriental Air   

Inactive 1992 - 1992

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Palm Aviation   

Active 2008 - date

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Phoenix Aviation   

Renamed 1996 - 2005

^ Comments : Ave.com was formed as Phoenix Aviation in 1996

^ Genealogy : Phoenix Aviation >Ave.com

Pluto Airlines   

Not started (2005)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Prestige Jet   

Active 2008* - date

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

RAK Airways   

Inactive 2007 - 2014

^ Comments : RAK Airways was formed as Al Hamra Airlines but was renamed before opertions started. RAK Airways operations started on 29Nov2007. Suspended all services & relaunched as a low-cost carrier on 10Oct2010. Ceased on 01Jan2014

^ Genealogy : Al Hamra Airlines >RAK Airways

RAK Link Airways   

Inactive 2008 - 2008

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Rotana Jet   

Active 2011* - date

^ Comments : Rotana Jet was founded in 2010

^ Genealogy :  

Royal Jet   

Active 2003 - date

^ Comments : Royal Jet was established in Abu Dhabi in 2003 & started operations on 04May2003

^ Genealogy :  

Seawings   

Active 2007 - date

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Silver Air   

Inactive 2008 - 2009

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

SKA (SkyLink Arabia)   

Active 2003* - date

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Smart Jet Airways   

Not started (2004)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Star African Air   

Inactive 2002* - 2009*

^ Comments : Star African Air was formerly known as Star Airlines

^ Genealogy : Star Airlines >Star African Air

Star Airlines   

Renamed 1998 - 2002*

^ Comments : Star African Air was formerly known as Star Airlines

^ Genealogy : Star Airlines >Star African Air

Starjet   

Unsure 2005* - 2008*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Starlight Airlines   

Active 2011* - date

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Sunlight Airlines   

Unsure 2004* - 2006*

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Trans Gulf   

Unconfirmed (****)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Transgulf Express   

Not started (2003)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

Unique Air   

Not started (2014)

^ Comments :  

^ Genealogy :  

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