Royal Air Maroc, the flag carrier of Morocco, received its first Boeing 737 MAX last Friday. The airline will take three more 737 MAX 8s in the coming months. It will use the planes to expand and modernize its fleet.
Royal Air Maroc took its first 787-9 Dreamliner earlier this month, and it will take three more of that type as well.
“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 airplanes expand our medium-haul portfolio, which forms the backbone of Royal Air Maroc’s fleet,” said Abdelhamid Addou, CEO and Chairman of Royal Air Maroc. “Our choice of this airplane 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.”
The 737 MAX 8 can fly 600 nautical miles (1,112 kilometers) farther than its predecessors, and it offers 14% better fuel efficiency. The plane can fly 178 passengers in a standard two-class configuration. Its range is 3,550 nautical miles (6,570 kilometers).
Royal Air Maroc will fly its 737 MAX planes to Accra, Lagos, London Heathrow, Bologna, Paris Orly, and Paris Charles de Gaulle.
“With the 737 MAX and 787 Dreamliner, Royal Air Maroc will now operate the most capable airplane in the narrowbody and medium widebody segments. It’s an unrivaled combination of efficiency and performance that will allow the airline to profitably grow its network and business,” said Ihssane Mounir, Senior Vice President of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company. “We are thrilled to celebrate two major milestones this month with our long-time customer Royal Air Maroc. Over the past five decades, we have been honored to see them grow on the wings of Boeing airplanes and we are very excited to see the next chapter of our partnership.”
Boeing has partnered with Marocco’s industrial sector to support the development of the country’s aviation industry. New initiatives include MATIS Aerospace, which specializes in producing wire bundles and harnesses for airplanes, and EFE-Morocco and the INJAZ Al-Maghrib association, both of which educate local youth.
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