Iraq controversy fades as market falls
25 / 05 / 2012
INEFFICIENCY, profiteering and monopolistic behaviour, were all accusations made against RUS Aviation of Sharjah when it won an exclusive four-year deal to build up the cargo business of Iraqi Airways last August.
Cargo operators who had been flying into the country ever since the aftermath of the 2003 war, suddenly found themselves having to work through RUS instead, and many claimed that it was not up to the job.
The controversy swiftly evaporated, however, with companies such as Coyne Airways and Chapman Freeborn signing GSA deals with RUS in recent months.
Coyne was appointed UK and Ireland GSA in March, after Chapman Freeborn had won the USA contract. Coyne said at the time that RUS “offers excellent schedule integrity and proven reliability into Iraq”.