Morocco’s national airline Royal Air Maroc has taken delivery of its first 787 Dreamliner from Boeing, becoming the first Mediterranean region carrier to operate the type.
The aircraft was delivered to the airline on December 31 from Boeing’s Everett, Washington, Delivery Centre and flew a 4 788 nautical mile (8 867 kilometre) nonstop flight to Royal Air Maroc’s home base in Casablanca at Mohammed V International Airport.
“The 787 will provide Royal Air Maroc the capability to grow its long haul network and significantly reduce operating costs, all while offering its customers an unmatched on-board experience,” said Van Rex Gallard, vice president of Sales, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.
“Royal Air Maroc is a valued Boeing customer, and we are delighted to be able to celebrate with the airline as it opens a new chapter in its long and successful history with the operation of the 787. We look forward to strengthening our partnership with Royal Air Maroc as it expands its global long haul fleet.”
Royal Air Maroc’s current fleet includes nearly 50 Boeing airliners, consisting predominantly of Next-Generation 737s, but also 767-300s, a 747-400 and now it first 787. The Casablanca-based carrier operates a domestic network throughout Morocco and serves more than 50 destinations across Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Boeing’s partnership with Royal Air Maroc dates back more than 40 years.