A marriage of convenience: Arab capital and western expertise, the recent growth of Arab airlines
In the Arab East oil exports have financed massive inputs of capital, enabling wealthy Arab states to import technology and trained manpower to fulfill ambitious development plans. This has brought elements of the advanced industrial West and the Arab East into a close, complex relationship. The civil aviation sector provides the vital linkage between Arab states and their foreign sources of supply. By contracting for managerial services and teams of technicians, a number of Arab airlines have achieved self-sufficiency in fleet operation and maintenance. The absorptive capacities of Arab states in the field of civil aviation vary widely, and this paper discusses the dynamic forces within the host state's economy, the quality of its administrative structure and social order, the educational system, and the nature of legal property relationships as they impact on recent trends in Arab aviation. Technical and institutional support capacities are compared across airlines and growth trends are assessed.