On December 27, 2017, Royal Air Maroc announced orders for four Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners. The orders, which were previously unidentified on Boeing’s Orders and Deliveries website, include two aircraft purchased in December 2016 and two aircraft purchased in December 2017. The carrier has yet to select an engine for the newest jets. Boeing has yet to announce when the planes are to be delivered.
The four planes, valued at $1.1 billion, will allow Royal Air Maroc, the official flag carrier of Morocco, to expand its international service. The carrier flies the five 787s that it already owns on international routes from Casablanca to North America, South America, the Middle East, and Europe. The four planes the airline has on order will help it expand service to these areas.
“Today Royal Air Maroc has direct flights to 80 international destinations. Thanks to our unique position as a geographic hub and high quality of service, we bring customers from all over the world to their destinations. With more than 850 flights per month to Africa, Royal Air Maroc has the broadest presence across the continent of any airline,” said Abdelhamid Addou, Chairman and CEO of Royal Air Maroc. “Our vision is to be the leading airline in Africa in terms of quality of service, quality of planes and connectivity. Ordering new-generation planes such as the Dreamliner puts our airline on the right track to fulfill our vision.”
“Royal Air Maroc’s additional 787 orders are a terrific endorsement of the Dreamliner’s economic performance, fuel efficiency and unrivaled passenger experience,” said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Global Sales and Marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes. “Expanding the relationship between our companies that began nearly 50 years ago, Boeing is proud to support Royal Air Maroc’s growth plans within Africa and further connect Morocco to the world.”
Royal Air Maroc celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2017. Its fleet contains 56 Boeing jets, including 737s, 767-300ERs, 787s, and a 747-400. Boeing is a longstanding partner with Morocco, supporting the state’s development of its aerospace industry.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner is a family of “super-efficient” aircraft with a variety of advanced comfort features. The 787-9 can fly 290 passengers up to 14,140 kilometers in a two-class configuration. The plane’s fuel efficiency allows it to reduce fuel use and carbon emissions by 20% compared to airplanes that it often replaces. Its range enables carriers to open new routes profitably and to optimize fleet and network performance. The Dreamliner also offers large and dimmable windows, large stowage compartments, modern LED lights, clean air, and a smoother ride compared to other aircraft.
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