Today, American Airlines announced that it has launched a reciprocal codeshare agreement with Moroccan flag carrier Royal Air Maroc. The codeshare agreement will take effect next week, on December 26th. This move comes in advance of Royal Air Maroc becoming a oneworld alliance member.
We first reported on this agreement in November as it required an application to the US Department of Transportation. That application has since been approved. For travelers coming from the United States, flights are available to Casablanca (CMN). One example of this is New York JFK to CMN.
Then, for passengers traveling beyond CMN, American Airlines codeshare flights operated by Royal Air Maroc are available for purchase to continue to Marrakech (RAK). These flights are for December 26th and onwards.
Beyond the initial codeshare of US-Casablanca-Marrakech flights, the agreement will see more cities added across the African continent early next year. These cities are:
- Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire (ABJ)
- Accra, Ghana (ACC)
- Lagos, Nigeria (LOS)
- Luanda, Angola (LAD)
- Monrovia, Liberia (ROB)
As of December 26th, the codeshare agreement will also extend westward, allowing Royal Air Maroc passengers to connect to new destinations throughout the American Airlines domestic network.
“Royal Air Maroc is a premier African carrier and their hub in Casablanca is perfectly situated to offer our customers convenient connections between North America and over 40 destinations throughout Africa. With Royal Air Maroc’s upcoming entry into the oneworld® alliance and our recently announced service between Philadelphia and Casablanca, we are committed to creating more opportunities for our customers to visit unique destinations in Africa.” -Vasu Raja, Senior Vice President of Network Strategy, American Airlines
A much-needed move for oneworld loyalists
This move is a huge benefit to frequent flyers who are loyal to the oneworld alliance. Currently, the alliance’s only Africa-based airline is the oneworld affiliate Comair in South Africa – better known under its franchisee name – British Airways. However, Comair’s network isn’t very extensive and largely serves destinations in the southern portion of the African continent.
Exciting news! This codeshare agreement will allow American Airlines AAdvantage members to earn miles on select Royal Air Maroc flights. We contacted American Airlines about this to confirm and this is what a spokesperson had to say:
“AAdvantage members will be able to earn AAdvantage miles when flying on AA-marketed, Royal Air Maroc (AT)-operated flights (first date of travel on the AA codeshare is Dec. 26th). Once they join oneworld, members will also be able to earn on AT-marketed flights, and will be able to redeem miles across the entire AT network.” -American Airlines spokesperson
Of course, once Royal Air Maroc becomes a full oneworld member, it is almost guaranteed that frequent flyer members of any oneworld airline can earn reward and status miles by flying with the Moroccan airline.
This will hopefully make travel a little easier and more accessible for West African passengers headed to the United States. Additionally, it would also assist American travelers traveling through to West Africa. This will be advantageous for the development of tourism in the region as well as ongoing aid and development work.
Does this codeshare agreement influence who you will travel with when heading to Morocco or other parts of Africa? Let us know in the comments!