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IATA AGM 2014: Royal Air Maroc remains in black following restructuring

Royal Air Maroc its likely to maintain its return to profitability for the third year after a radical restructuring of the airline continued to pay dividend.

The carrier is also set to bolster its positive momentum later the year, as it becomes the latest airline to take delivery of the revolutionary Boeing Dreamliner. 

The Moroccan carrier will take delivery of its first of four 787s in December.

It will then enter service on flights from Casablanca to New York and Montréal.

RAM will boost frequencies on both routes to double daily as the 787s complement its existing fleet of 767-300ERs.

A new route from its Casablanca hub to Dubai will begin in the first quarter when RAM receives its second 787.

The carrier’s first route to Asia, most likely to be services to Beijing, will come on line in 2016 when it takes its third 787.

The Boeing 767s currently in service with Royal Air Maroc will remain with the airline as its 787s arrive, adding extra capacity available to boost frequencies on its route to Sao Paulo in Brazil.

Royal Air Maroc will take delivery of its first Boeing Dreamliner later this year

Back to Black

Royal Air Maroc should also achieve its third year of profitability in a row in 2014 with traffic growth hitting nine to ten per cent, according to the latest reports from the IATA AGM, currently being held in Doha.

In September 2011 the state-owned airline was handed a government mandate to radically overhaul its operations to return it to profit.

This has seen it reduce staff numbers from 5,000 to 2,700, while closing all unprofitable routes.

Royal Air Maroc has also cut ten aircraft from its fleet, including several 737-300s/-500s and Airbus A321s.


More recently the carrier has extended its network to North America, with the signing of an interline agreement with Canadian airline WestJet.

Travellers with Royal Air Morocco can now access dozens of destinations in North America, Mexico and the Caribbean proposed by the WestJet network.

Similarly, clients of the Canadian air carrier may enjoy easy access to various destinations RAM in Africa, the Middle East and Europe from its hub in Casablanca.

This is the second new line signed by Royal Air Morocco in North America agreement.

In 2012, the national airline had entered into a similar partnership with the US-based JetBlue Airways to connect to their networks and bring new flight options for travellers between Africa and America.

Royal Air Maroc has returned to profitability in recent years


Royal Air Maroc is also expanding its operations out of the UK, with new daily flights between Gatwick and Casablanca announced for this winter.

The flag-carrier will offer the services from October 26th in addition to the daily Heathrow to Casablanca flight it already operates.

Gatwick departures will take off at 15:15 and land in Morocco at 18:30, while the return journey will leave Casablanca at 11:10 to arrive in London at 14:20.

The carrier will also continue to offer four weekly flights between Gatwick and Marrakech, with the reaming three days of the week operating to Marrakech through Casablanca.

Onward connections are available to West Africa including Abidjan, Abuja, Cape Verde, Libreville, Malabo, Niamey, N’Djamena, Nouakchott, Ouagadougou and Yaoundé.