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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
Latest updates
12 September 2015[added] Bravo Cargo Services is a cargo operator out of Ras al Khaimah International
03Aug15[update] Midex Airlines: status changed to 'Inactive' as airline ceased operations in Jun2015
18Jul15[update] SKA (SkyLink Arabia): status changed to 'Active' as airline is still operating
AirlineOperating DatesStatusCommentsGenealogy

 Abu Dhabi Air

1976* - 1976*Renamed Abu Dhabi Air >Emirates Air Services

 Abu Dhabi Aviation

1976 - dateActiveAbu Dhabi Aviation began as a helicopter operator in 1976, ixed wing services started in 1991 

 ADCO Airlines (Air Mannia)

**** - ****Status?  


1989 - 1991*Inactive  


1976* - 1979*Status?Aerogulf was founded in 1876 

 Aerovista Gulf Express

1999 - dateActiveAerovista Gulf Express was founded in 1999 

 Afghan Jet International

2014 - dateActive  

 African Airlines


 Aftrans Aero

2015* - dateActiveDubai based cargo carrier 

 Air Arabia (Al Arabiya Airline)

2003 - dateActiveAir Arabia started operations on 29Oct2003 

 Air Falcon


 Air Gulf Falcon

1999 - 2003*InactiveAir Gulf Falcon was founded in 1999 

 Air Intergulf

1975 - 1979*Status?Air Intergulf was founded in 1975 


2003* - 2005Inactive  

 Al Hajjar Air

2012 - 2012Renamed Al Hajjar Air >Eastern Express

 Al Hamra Airlines

2005 - 2005*Renamed Al Hamra Airlines >RAK Airways

 Al Jaber Aviation

2011* - dateActive  

 Al Rais Cargo

2004 - dateActive  

 Al Sayegh Airlines

2010 - dateActive  



2005 - was formed as Phoenix Aviation in

 Blue Sky Aviation Services

2014* - 2015Inactivestatus changed as future is unclear as has returned its' last remaining aircraft 

 Bravo Cargo Services

2014* - dateActive  

 British Gulf International Airlines

2001 - dateActive  

 Cargo Plus Aviation

2001 - 2008*Status?  

 Click Airways

2004 - dateActive  

 Connect Air


 Damal Airlines

1993 - 2005Inactive  

 DC Aviation Al-Futtaim

2015 >PlannedDC Aviation Al-Futtaim has secured its Air Operators Certificate (AOC) 

 Dolphin Air

2002 - dateActive Santa Cruz Imperial (Liberia) >Flying Dolphin Airlines >Dolphin Air

 East/West Cargo*

2004* - 2006*Status?  

 Eastern Express (Al Hajjar Aviation)

(2012)Began? Eastern Express

 Eastern Skyjets

2004 - dateActive  

 Elite Jets

2004 - 2006*Status?  

 Emarat Link Aviation

2001 - 2002*Status?  

 Emirates Air Services

1979* - 1996*Inactive Emirates Air Services

 Emirates Air Transport

1976* - 1976*Status?  

 Emirates Airlines

1985 - dateActiveEmirates Airlines first flight EK600 departed Dubai International for Karachi on 25Oct1985 

 Emirates International Air Cargo


 Emirates SkyCargo

1985 - dateActive  

 Empost Air (Emirates Postal Service)

2007 - dateActive  

 Etihad Airways

2003 - dateActiveEtihad Airways was founded in Jul2003 by Royal (Amiri) Decree issued by Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan & started ops in Nov2003 

 Etihad Crystal Cargo

2004 - dateActive  

 Experts Air Cargo

2005 - 2006RenamedMaximus Air was established as Experts Air Cargo by the UAE Ministry of Defence & rebranded to Maximus Air Cargo on 06Sep2006Experts Air Cargo >Maximus Air Cargo >Maximus Air

 Falcon Express Cargo Airlines

1995^ - dateActive  



 fly RAK



2009 - dateActive  

 FlyDubai Cargo

2012 - dateActive  

 Flying Dolphin Airlines

2002* - 2002Renamed Santa Cruz Imperial (Liberia) >Flying Dolphin Airlines >Dolphin Air

 Fujairah Air

2000 - 2001*Inactive  

 Gaylan Air Cargo

1980 - 1981Inactive  

 GCS Cargo (Global Charter Services)

2012* - dateActive  

 Global Aircargo

1999* - 1999*Status?  

 Global Jet

2009 - dateActive  

 Gulf Aviation Technology & Services

2000* - 2002*Status?  

 Gulf Regional


 Hamarein Air

1977 - 1979*Status?  

 Heavylift International

2005 - dateActive  

 Intal Air

1999 - 2006*Status?  


2007 - dateActiveJet-Ops was founded in 2005 by Stuart Wheeler 

 JetSet Cargo

2005* - 2006*Status?  

 Johnsons Air Service

2004* - 2006*Status?  

 Jupiter Airlines

2004 - dateActive  

 Kang Pacific Airlines

2008 - 2008InactiveKang Pacific Airlines was based at Fujairah Airport (operations started in June 2008, and ceased the same day apparently) 

 Liwa Air (Babeel Aviation)

2006 - 2008*Status?  

 Maximus Air

2011 - dateActiveMaximus Air was established as Experts Air Cargo by the UAE Ministry of Defence & rebranded to Maximus Air Cargo on 06Sep2006Experts Air Cargo >Maximus Air Cargo >Maximus Air

 Maximus Air Cargo

2006 - 2011RenamedMaximus Air was established as Experts Air Cargo by the UAE Ministry of Defence & rebranded to Maximus Air Cargo on 06Sep2006Experts Air Cargo >Maximus Air Cargo >Maximus Air

 Midex Airlines

2008 - 2015InactiveMidex Airlines was founded in 2007 & ceased operations in Jun2015 

 MMA Airlines


 Nada al-Sharq International


 N-Air International


 Nova Gulf (ETA Air Services)

2000* - 2003*Inactive  

 Orbit Aviation


 Oriental Air

1992 - 1992Inactive  

 Palm Aviation

2008 - dateActive  

 Phoenix Aviation

1996 - was formed as Phoenix Aviation in 1996Phoenix Aviation >

 Pluto Airlines


 Prestige Jet

2008* - dateActive  

 RAK Airways

2007 - 2014InactiveRAK Airways ceased operations on 01Jan2014Al Hamra Airlines >RAK Airways

 RAK Link Airways

2008 - 2008Inactive  

 Rotana Jet

2011* - dateActive  

 Royal Jet

2003 - dateActive  


2007 - dateActive  

 Silver Air

2008 - 2009Inactive  

 SKA (SkyLink Arabia)

2009* - dateActive  

 Smart Jet Airways


 Star African Air

2002* - 2009*Inactive Star African Air

 Star Airlines

1998 - 2002*Renamed >Star African Air


2005* - 2008*Status?  

 Starlight Airlines

2011* - dateActive  

 Sunlight Airlines

2004* - 2006*Status?  

 Trans Gulf


 Transgulf Express


 Unique Air