Royal Air Maroc is expected to become part of
the oneworld airline alliance in mid-2020.
subsidiary, Royal Air Maroc Express, will join as a oneworld
affiliate member at the same time.
part of the alliance, Royal Air Maroc will offer the full range of
oneworld customer services and benefits. More than 1 million members of the airline’s Safar Flyer loyalty program will be able
to earn and redeem rewards on all oneworld member airlines and
with its top-tier members able to use the alliance’s more than 650
airport lounges worldwide.
While Southern Africa’s Comair,
which flies as a franchisee of British Airways, has been a
oneworld affiliate member since the alliance launched in February
1999, Royal Air Maroc will be oneworld’s first full member from
Africa — the only continent, apart from Antarctica, where the
alliance hasn’t had a full member.
It will also be the
alliance’s first new full-member airline signed since 2012,
although Fiji Airways now links to the alliance as the
first partner of oneworld connect, the first new membership
platform since the alliance was established.
Royal Air Maroc carried 7.3 million passengers
last year on a fleet of 55 aircraft. The airline’s network
currently connects its Mohammed V International Airport (CMN) base
in Casablanca, Morocco, with 94 destinations in 49 countries
across Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and North and South
America, including oneworld hubs Hamad International Airport in
Doha, Qatar (DOH) Heathrow Airport in London (LHR);
Madrid-Barajas Adolfo Suarez Airport in Spain (MAD); Moscow Domodedovo Airport (DME); John F. Kennedy International Airport in
New York (JFK) and Sao Paulo International Airport in Brazil
The airline’s schedule will add 34 new destinations and
21 countries to the oneworld map, taking the alliance’s network to
1,069 airports in 178 countries and territories.
Under an ambitious five-year strategy, Royal Air
Maroc plans to expand its
fleet significantly, carrying 13 million customers a year across a
global network serving 121 destinations in 68 countries. This will
add another 15 destinations and nine countries to the alliance
network, giving the alliance a total of 1,084 destinations in 187
countries and territories.
Three established oneworld member
airlines — British Airways, Iberia and Qatar Airways — currently
serve three destinations in Morocco between them: CMN, Marrakesh Menara Airport (RAK) and Tangier Ibn Battouta Airport (TNG).
Gurney, oneworld CEO, said, “When we unveiled our new membership
platform, oneworld connect, in June, we said that in the future, oneworld would target as full members large airlines that have a
significant presence in the alliance’s prime target market,
providing connections between the world’s leading business
centers. Royal Air Maroc is growing into a truly global airline,
with its home base Casablanca to be developed into Africa’s
leading aviation gateway while also consolidating its place as
Africa’s top financial center.”
Royal Air Maroc CEO Abdelhamid
Addou said, “Royal Air Maroc is excited and honored to have been
invited to become oneworld’s wings of Africa. We look forward to
completing our flight on board speedily and smoothly so that we
can offer the services and benefits of the world’s best airline
alliance to our customers and across our own network as soon as
possible. We will be flying alongside the finest collection of air
carriers in the skies, while at the same time making it easier for
people all over the world to reach our historic and beautiful part
of the world. This undoubtedly represents one of the most
significant landmarks in our airline’s 60-year history and on our
journey to establish Royal Air Maroc as the leading airline of
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