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14 November, 2023

Two more Boeing 787 aircraft for Royal Air Maroc


Boeing and Royal Air Maroc announced the North African carrier placed a repeat order for the 787 Dreamliner, confirming two 787-9s in its order book as the airline grows its widebody fleet. The carrier, which currently operates nine Dreamliners, leverages the 787 family's efficiency and flexibility to expand its long-haul network.

Boeing and Morocco's flag carrier enjoy more than 55 years of partnership



"The two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will enable Royal Air Maroc to expand in the short-term its long-haul network in response to the highly favourable market conditions in 2023," said Abdelhamid Addou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Royal Air Maroc. "Simultaneously, the company is actively pursuing a significant tender to quadruple the fleet before 2037."

Royal Air Maroc has added to its widebody aeroplane count with a mix of 787-8s and 787-9s over the last nine years. This order was previously unidentified on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website.

"The 787 Dreamliner is perfectly suited to support Royal Air Maroc's growth and modernization plans," said Brad McMullen, Boeing senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing. "Boeing's relationship with the airline spans more than five decades, and we look forward to more opportunities to strengthen our partnership with Royal Air Maroc."

Royal Air Maroc, the national carrier of Morocco, is a member of the oneworld Alliance and flies to 82 destinations in 41 territories around the world, including frequent departures to the biggest capitals in Europe, Africa, North America and the Middle East. Its fleet of Boeing aeroplanes includes 737s, in addition to 787s.

Since revenue service began in 2011, the 787 family has launched more than 380 new nonstop routes around the world and reduces fuel use and emissions by 25% compared to the aeroplanes it replaces. Passengers enjoy a better experience with the largest windows of any jet, air that is more humid and pressurized at a lower cabin altitude for greater comfort, large overhead bins, soothing LED lighting, and technology that senses and counters turbulence for a smoother ride.





13 November, 2023

Royal Air Maroc Confirms Order for Two Boeing 787 Dreamliners


Boeing and Royal Air Maroc announced the North African carrier placed a repeat order for the 787 Dreamliner, confirming two 787-9s in its order book as the airline grows its widebody fleet. The carrier, which currently operates nine Dreamliners, leverages the 787 family's efficiency and flexibility to expand its long-haul network.

Boeing and Morocco's flag carrier enjoy more than 55 years of partnership



"The two Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners will enable Royal Air Maroc to expand in the short-term its long-haul network in response to the highly favourable market conditions in 2023," said Abdelhamid Addou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Royal Air Maroc. "Simultaneously, the company is actively pursuing a significant tender to quadruple the fleet before 2037."

Royal Air Maroc has added to its widebody aeroplane count with a mix of 787-8s and 787-9s over the last nine years. This order was previously unidentified on Boeing's Orders & Deliveries website.

"The 787 Dreamliner is perfectly suited to support Royal Air Maroc's growth and modernization plans," said Brad McMullen, Boeing senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing. "Boeing's relationship with the airline spans more than five decades, and we look forward to more opportunities to strengthen our partnership with Royal Air Maroc."

Royal Air Maroc, the national carrier of Morocco, is a member of the oneworld Alliance and flies to 82 destinations in 41 territories around the world, including frequent departures to the biggest capitals in Europe, Africa, North America and the Middle East. Its fleet of Boeing aeroplanes includes 737s, in addition to 787s.

Since revenue service began in 2011, the 787 family has launched more than 380 new nonstop routes around the world and reduces fuel use and emissions by 25% compared to the aeroplanes it replaces. Passengers enjoy a better experience with the largest windows of any jet, air that is more humid and pressurized at a lower cabin altitude for greater comfort, large overhead bins, soothing LED lighting, and technology that senses and counters turbulence for a smoother ride.





17 August, 2023

Five aircraft deal for Royal Air Maroc....

Aircraft leasing giant Air Lease Corporation has confirmed long-term lease contracts for five Boeing 737 aircraft with Royal Air Maroc which it values at $300 Million.

The deal includes four new Boeing 737 MAX 8s and one Boeing 737-800 and ALC says the aircraft are scheduled to be delivered to the Moroccan flag carrier in 2024. The aircraft come from ALC’s existing order book with Boeing and will augment already placed ALC-owned aircraft operated by RAM.

“ALC is pleased to announce this lease placement for five Boeing 737 aircraft with Royal Air Maroc,” said Steven F. Udvar-Hรกzy, Executive Chairman of Air Lease Corporation. “We look forward to building our long-term relationship with RAM as they continue to modernize their fleet and grow their network, as well as maximize their competitive advantage with the most fuel-efficient aircraft in the market.”

"Through this agreement with esteemed partners as ALC, Royal Air Maroc will receive additional aircraft that will strengthen and modernize our operational fleet, enabling us to consistently enhance the quality of service for our customers, while also reducing our carbon footprint in line with our environmental commitment," said Abdelhamid Addou, Chief Executive Officer of Royal Air Maroc.

Royal Air Maroc is the Moroccan national carrier, as well as the country's largest airline. The airline has established a network reaching 80 destinations in 41 territories around the world, including frequent departures towards the biggest capitals in Europe, North America, South America, Africa, The Maghreb region, and the Middle East. Its main hub is located at Mohammed V airport in Casablanca.

20 October, 2021

Morocco banning direct flights from UK, Germany and Netherlands

Authorities in Morocco issued notice this morning that from 23:59 tonight, it will ban direct flights from three key European cities as a result of increased coronavirus cases. 


The flight suspension is to last for an unspecified period applies to direct flights between Morocco and the UK, Germany and The Netherlands. The UK government said it was surprised by the announcement and has advised those affected by flight cancellations should contact their airline or tour operator for advice on alternative routes via third countries (eg France, Spain) where flights are still currently operating as normal.

To enter the country on an indirect flight via a third country, you will need to provide proof that you have been fully vaccinated against coronavirus COVID-19, with the second dose administered at least two weeks prior to travel, or a negative PCR test result before boarding your flight (or ferry) to Morocco. The result must show that the PCR test itself was undertaken no more than 48 hours before boarding. For travel by ferry, you will also need to take a COVID-19 test during the journey. 

05 August, 2021

Royal Air Maroc started operations at Eindhoven Airport

This week Eindhoven Airport welcomed a new airline; Royal Air Maroc will fly twice a week between Eindhoven and Nador in Morocco this summer. Eindhoven Airport is thus welcoming another national airline.

With its Nador destination, Royal Air Maroc focuses mainly on travellers visiting family and friends. This also applies to Air Arabia, which announced earlier this year that it would start flying between Eindhoven and Nador.  Royal Air Maroc flights to Nador will be carried out on Thursdays and Saturdays with an Airbus A321 featuring 220 seats.

Visiting family and friends in Morocco was not possible for a long time because the borders were closed due to the corona pandemic. Morocco reopened the borders to travellers from abroad on June 15 this year. As a result, it is again possible to visit relatives in Morocco this coming summer vacation. 

The Turkish community can also spend this summer with family and friends who came to Turkey by plane. The Turkish airline SunExpress offers flights between Eindhoven and the city of Izmir since the end of June. The flights are carried out on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Corendon flies on Tuesdays between Eindhoven and the Turkish city of Kayseri. The metropolis Istanbul can also be reached from Eindhoven. Pegasus flies to Istanbul's Sabiha Gรถkcen airport on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. In addition to business passengers, Pegasus is aiming for tourist visitors and travellers visiting family or friends with its connection to the metropolis. 





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14 February, 2020

Royal Air Maroc and British Airways agree codeshare deal

British Airways and Royal Air Maroc have announced a new codeshare agreement which will open up new routes across Morocco including Casablanca and Agadir.  It will also give customers more flight flexibility between London Heathrow and Marrakesh.

Customers will be able to book from 13 February when the new agreement takes effect and codeshare flights will operate from 20 February, prior to the Moroccan airline’s joining of the oneworld alliance on 1 April 2020.

British Airways’ first African codeshare will give its customers more choice of services between Heathrow and Marrakesh. As well as daily access to Royal Air Maroc’s hub in Casablanca, which is not currently served directly by British Airways.

21 December, 2019

American Airlines and Royal Air Maroc Launch Codeshare Agreement

American Airlines has launched a reciprocal codeshare agreement with Morocco’s largest airline, Royal Air Maroc, to add new options for travel to Morocco starting Dec. 26.

American’s customers will be able to purchase select Royal Air Maroc flights to Casablanca, Morocco (CMN), which will provide seamless connecting service to Marrakech, Morocco (RAK). These flights are available for sale now for travel beginning December 26. The codeshare will expand to additional cities across the African continent in early 2020.

03 May, 2019

Qatar Airways to head to Rabat, Morocco and expand joint venture arrangement with Royal Air Maroc

Three weekly flights to Rabat via Marrakech to begin 29 May 2019

Royal Air Maroc to operate daily flights to Casablanca from Doha commencing in June


Photo Qatar Airways
                    Qatar Airways recently announced that it will begin flights to Rabat in Morocco on 29th May 2019, on a Boeing 787 three times a week.

In addition to announcing the service to the Moroccan capital the airline also confirmed it was expanding its business agreement with Morocco's national carrier, Royal Air Maroc, to meet increased consumer demand for flights to Morocco.

In addition to launching Rabat via Marrakech, Qatar Airways will also now offer daily flights to Casablanca, providing seamless connectivity for passengers who wish to explore the country’s many vibrant cities.

16 February, 2019

Boeing to optimize crew operations for Royal Air Maroc

Photo Royal Air Maroc / Boeing
Boeing announced this week an agreement with Royal Air Maroc to use a suite of Boeing AnalytX-powered crew solutions to bring greater efficiency to the airline's planning and operations. The airline will be the first in Africa to use the advanced solutions, which include Crew Pairing, Crew Rostering and Crew Tracking — with options to add modules in the future.

"We are excited to bring the most advanced data analytics capabilities to support Morocco's flag carrier," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company. "Our Crew Optimisation solutions were created to help our customers optimise staffing across their entire fleet."

Crew Pairing helps airlines create optimised work duties, improving staffing efficiency and overall safety, while minimising costs. Crew Rostering allows airlines to build rosters that respect crew members' preferences and constraints. Crew Tracking helps airlines detect, resolve and follow-up on changes to crew planning.

The Boeing AnalytX-powered Crew Optimisation products are provided through Boeing subsidiary Jeppesen.

02 February, 2019

oneworld Celebrates 20th Anniversary

Major New Benefits for Customers and Airlines

Photo American Airlines
To mark the 20th anniversary of its launch, the CEOs of the airlines in the oneworld alliance held a special meeting in London on Friday 1st February. 

Following the meeting, a number of major benefits for customers were unveiled which are designed to increase the value the alliance delivers to customers and to its member airlines and the alliance transforms itself for the third decade of its operation.

oneworld’s transformation includes:

A new oneworld digital platform that will, as it is progressively rolled out, bring to life the alliance’s core promise of seamless connectivity for customers flying on multi-sector, multi-airline journeys, via the convenience of their preferred member airline’s mobile app or website, without having to download any additional app or enter more log-in credentials.
An increased level of alliance co-location projects at a number of key airports around the world with plans to unveil the first oneworld branded, developed and managed lounge later this year.
A fresh approach to corporate sales, enabling oneworld to respond much faster to requests for alliance contracts, which currently generate $1 billion a year for member airlines. Since trials of the new process began six months ago, revenues have risen 10 percent. Dozens of the world’s biggest multinational corporations have signed corporate accounts with the alliance rather than a series of individual airline deals.
A revised process for prospecting potential new members. The first airline to join as a result will be Royal Air Maroc— oneworld’s first full member recruit for six years and its first from Africa – next year.
The alliance’s first new membership platform, oneworld connect —designed with smaller, regional airlines in mind and with Fiji Airways’ entry as the first partner to join in this capacity – will be completed by the end of March. Talks are progressing with other airlines interested in signing from the Americas, Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, enabling the alliance to further spread its wings globally.
These changes are reflected in a sweepingly different brand positioning for oneworld, encouraging passengers to “Travel Bright” – complete with a new oneworld.com website, both unveiled today.

26 December, 2018

First 737 Max 8 Arrives for Royal Air Maroc

The US aerospace giant Boeing delivers the first 737 MAX Aircraft to Royal Air Maroc.


The Moroccan flag carrier continues to modernise its fleet with the first of four 737 MAX 8s delivered this week, following the carriers first 787-9 Dreamliner that arrived earlier this month.  The carrier will also take delivery of three more 787's in the next few months.

"We are pleased to receive our airline's first 737 MAX, which will soon be joined by three other airliners from the same family. These new 737 MAX aeroplanes expand our medium-haul portfolio, which forms the backbone of Royal Air Maroc's fleet. Our choice of this aeroplane is in line with our strategy of continuously expanding and modernizing our fleet, and comes just a few days after the announcement of Royal Air Maroc's invitation to join the most prestigious Oneworld Alliance. This, in turn, will further strengthen our leadership position on the continent, both for our country and for Royal Air Maroc," said Abdelhamid Addou, CEO and Chairman of Royal Air Maroc.

23 December, 2018

Royal Air Maroc gets its first Boeing 737 Max 8 aircraft

The US aerospace giant Boeing delivers the first 737 MAX Aircraft to Royal Air Maroc.


The Moroccan flag carrier continues to modernise its fleet with the first of four 737 MAX 8s delivered this week, following the carriers first 787-9 Dreamliner that arrived earlier this month.  The carrier will also take delivery of three more 787's in the next few months.

"We are pleased to receive our airline's first 737 MAX, which will soon be joined by three other airliners from the same family. These new 737 MAX aeroplanes expand our medium-haul portfolio, which forms the backbone of Royal Air Maroc's fleet. Our choice of this aeroplane is in line with our strategy of continuously expanding and modernizing our fleet, and comes just a few days after the announcement of Royal Air Maroc's invitation to join the most prestigious Oneworld Alliance. This, in turn, will further strengthen our leadership position on the continent, both for our country and for Royal Air Maroc," said Abdelhamid Addou, CEO and Chairman of Royal Air Maroc.

11 December, 2018

First 787-9 Dreamliner for Royal Air Maroc

The US planemaker Boeing delivered the first 787-9 Dreamliner for Royal Air Maroc today introducing a second member of the super-efficient Dreamliner family to the airline's fleet. The new aeroplane offers more seats and more range, which will help Morocco's flag carrier grow its international business. 

"We are particularly pleased to receive today our airline's first 787-9, which will soon be joined by three other models from the same family. The choice of this aeroplane forms part of our strategy to continuously expand and modernize our fleet and comes just a few days after the announcement of the invitation made to Royal Air Maroc to join the highly prestigious Oneworld Alliance. This will further strengthen our country's and Royal Air Maroc's leadership position on the continent," says Abdelhamid Addou, CEO and Chairman of Royal Air Maroc.

In 2015, Royal Air Maroc was the first in the Mediterranean to fly the 787-8, the initial Dreamliner that offered 20% less fuel and fewer emissions. With the airplane's exceptional fuel efficiency and performance, Royal Air Maroc planned new, non-stop routes such as Casablanca to Washington, D.C and to Miami.

06 December, 2018

Royal Air Maroc to join oneworld alliance

Royal Air Maroc is expected to be implemented into oneworld in mid-2020, when it will start flying alongside some of the biggest and best brands in the airline business. Its regional subsidiary Royal Air Maroc Express will join as a oneworld affiliate member at the same time.  

Royal Air Maroc is today the largest unaligned carrier in Africa – with a transformational strategy well underway to develop it quickly into a truly global airline and the continent’s leader in terms of both size and quality. Its schedule today will add 34 new destinations and 21 countries to the oneworld map, taking the alliance’s network to 1,069 airports in 178 countries and territories. 

It will also be the alliance’s first new full member airline signed since 2012. Fiji Airways was also linked to the alliance from December 5 as its first oneworld connect partner, the first new membership platform since the alliance was established. 

30 August, 2018

Royal Air Maroc to link Casablanca with Miami

The Moroccan national carrier Royal Air Maroc has confirmed it will introduce the first-ever  Casablanca - Miami route on 3rd April 2019. 

This new air link with be the first passenger flights to Africa from Miami International Airport since the year 2000 and Florida’s only nonstop service to the continent.

“I offer my congratulations and thanks to Royal Air Maroc for its decision to make Miami its first destination in Florida. Casablanca is one of the most historic, picturesque and influential cities in Africa, and we are proud to establish this first-ever connection between our two world cities." said 
Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez.

10 August, 2018

Video of ground collision at Ataturk Airport


Thursday saw another aircraft collision at Istanbul's Ataturk Airport between a departing aircraft and one parked at a departure gate.

A Royal Air Maroc Boeing 787, registration CN-RGT had been pushed back and was given clearance to taxi and was proceeding along when its wing tip struck the rear of a Turkish Airlines Boeing 777 aircraft, registration TC-JJZ.

The two-year-old Royal Air Maroc suffered only minor damage, but the damage to the rear of the Turkish Airlines aircraft that had just come in from New York was more severe. Early indications are the covers as well as the APU was damaged.  A full investigation is underway, however, local media reports are suggesting the Turkish 777 had stopped short of the designated parking line for an aircraft of its size.


The incident bears a striking similarity to a collision between an Asiana Airlines Airbus A330-300 and a Turkish A321 back in May this year.   The Asiana aircraft sliced through the Turkish aircraft's tail fin with dramatic consequences.







The pilots at Royal Air Maroc are continuing with their strike action over pay and conditions which is now into its fourth week. The airline has had to cancel a number of flights daily, as staff walk out, usually it is around 8 to 10 a day, however for tomorrow it appears only four have been axed, so far.

Flight
From
To
Status of disrupted flights on August 11 
AT750
Casablanca
Paris
Canceled*
AT751
Paris
Casablanca
Canceled*
AT992
Casablanca
Madrid
Canceled*
AT993
Madrid
Casablanca
Canceled*


06 August, 2018

More cancellations for strike hit Royal Air Maroc



The pilot discontent ar Royal Air Maroc continues into another week, with no end in sight. The airline has cancelled more than 100 flights since the industrial action first began last month.  On Sunday they cancelled nine flights and so far today a similar number have been terminated due to the action over pay, conditions, retirement terms and days off.

Here is the current list of flights cancelled for Monday 6th August. 

Royal Air Maroc Cancellations for Monday 6th August

Flight


From
To
Status of disrupted flights on August 6
AT724
Casablanca
Strasbourg
Canceled*
AT725
Strasbourg
Casablanca
Canceled*
AT982
Casablanca
Lisbon
Canceled*
AT983
Lisnon
Casablanca
Canceled*
AT760
Casablanca
Paris
Canceled*
AT761
Paris
Casablanca
Canceled*
AT400
Marrakech
Casablanca
Canceled*
AT992
Casablanca
Madrid
Canceled*
AT993
Madrid
Casablanca
Canceled*


Previous posts on this subject -
 

04 August, 2018

Royal Air Maroc has big expansion plans but only if it survives strike action.

The national airline of Morocco, Royal Air Maroc has unveiled some big plans for 2019 including long-haul flights to Miami, increased capacity to London and a whole host of other improvements to its schedules. But, only if it can end the pilot's strike that is currently seeing around 10 flights a day getting cancelled.

The industrial action has been going on since the 19th July and shows no signs of ending any time soon. Negotiations between the unhappy pilots and the airline's management have so far proved fruitless and, according to the pilots, very hostile. The Royal Air Maroc pilots are striking for better pay and are also seeking better employment conditions, including fair treatment, health coverage, enhanced retirement terms and to have an equal amount of days off as their European counterparts each month. The government-owned airline seems completely entrenched and according to local media reports, highly unlikely to bow to the demands of the striking flight crew.

The strikes, which the airline calls 'social tensions' has been estimated to be costing the company approximately 20 million Dirhams, that's around £1.6 million per day and has seen as many as 20,000 people disrupted. The airline has warned the negative impact of the 'social tension's' could have serious implications, not only on the airline's future development but also for its very survival. 

23 July, 2018

Royal Air Maroc cancel more flights over 'Social Tensions'

The strike action by pilots at Royal Air Maroc is having a devastating effect on the airlines normal flying schedule.  The carrier has cancelled dozens of flights since the unrest came to ahead on 20th July. On Monday the airline cancelled four flights, however, Tuesday the carrier has so far cancelled 12 flights and there may be more to come.



Here's the current list of flights that have been cancelled or at risk of cancellation or delay. 

21 July, 2018

Pilot strike action causes Royal Air Maroc to cancel dozens of flights

Industrial action by disgruntled pilots at the Moroccan national airline Royal Air Maroc causes the airline to cancel over a dozen flights over the last two days.

The airline cancelled ten flights on Friday, four on Saturday, and so far four have been axed on Sunday with more short notice disruption to schedules likely, as the industrial relations worsen. The airline and its pilots have been negotiating for months over a whole raft of issues, but things are not going well. A "heavy social climate" exists in the airline according to the pilots association, adding that it was "exacerbated by 20 months of sterile social dialogue."

The airline says 'Social Tensions' are causing the disruption and that strike action "will have a devastating effect" on the carrier and the association had an "absence of willingness to see the company's development."

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