Royal Air Maroc has had a big week in the news. Following the news that the African airline will be joining the OneWorld alliance, Royal Air Maroc has now received its first B787. The new Dreamliner will be able to carry 302 passengers while introducing a brand new Business Class Cabin. The new aircraft will begin gracing the skies in just over a week’s time. Joining the existing B787-8 aircraft, the new B787-9s will help to fill out the carrier’s long-haul fleet.
Who Is Royal Air Maroc?
Royal Air Maroc is the flag carrier of Morroco. The airline is fully owned by the Moroccan government, and headquartered in Casablanca. Since it was founded in 1957, the airline has grown to serve a number of domestic and international routes. In fact, with the delivery of four new Boeing B787-9 aircraft, the carrier is looking to further expand its global reach. The airline plans to launch new US routes next year including Boston and Miami. Having previously agreed to codeshare agreements with Iberia and Qatar, the airline has now been invited to join the OneWorld Alliance.
Royal Air Maroc’s New Dreamliners
The new Boeing B787-9 aircraft will all feature a special livery. In addition, they come equipped with a brand new business class cabin. The aircraft can carry a total of 302 passengers, which is up 30 from the airline’s previous B787 models. When Royal Air Maroc first received its older B787-8 aircraft, it was saving 20% fuel and emissions. Now the airline can fly more people further in addition. The new B787-9 aircraft will have a 3-3-3 layout in the new economy cabin.
The new business class cabin will be equipped with lie-flat seats in a 1-2-1 configuration. As such, each passenger in business class will benefit from direct aisle access. This is a feature that defines the standard of business class today, however, fellow OneWorld airline British Airways still does not offer it. The business class seat is the same one which can be found on Virgin Australia flights, in addition to American Airline’s B787-9 flights.
Royal Air Maroc’s B787-8 business class currently consists of 2-2-2 seating, meaning the new cabin is a marked step up for the ambitious airline. However, passengers scheduled on the B787-8 shouldn’t get their hopes up, as the airline has no plans to retrofit its existing planes.
Where Can I Go?
Following its entry into service on the 21st of December, the aircraft will initially be flying on the airline’s Casablanca to New York route. According to a Boeing statement, the aircraft will also be used on routes to Paris (Orly) and Sao Paulo. Royal Air Maroc’s CEO and Chairman, Abdelhamid Addou, told a press release: “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 airplane forms part of our strategy to continuously expand and modernize our fleet”
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