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Formed and started operations in 2009. Subsidiary of Air Arabia (ABZ). Domestic, regional, & international, scheduled & charter, passenger & cargo jet airplane services.
Mohamed V International Airport
Arrival Hall, Ain Chock Hay Hasani
MOROCCO (KINGDOM OF MOROCCO), COVERS AN AREA OF 446,550 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 32 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS RABAT, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGE IS ARABIC.
November 2008: Air Arabia (ABZ) is to establish its new Moroccan operation, "Air Arabia Maroc (AAM)" at the city of Casablanca rather than Rabat. (ABZ) plans to begin services from the base early next year, possibly by April, operating domestically and on routes to Europe and Africa. (AAM) will have an initial fleet of 2 or 3 A320s.
(ABZ) has been planning a Moroccan station since reaching an agreement a year ago to take management control of local carrier Regional Air Lines. (ABZ) (CEO) Adel Ali said Casablanca was a better choice of gateway than Rabat - the original site chosen for the base.
"There's not a lot of room for expansion or development [at Rabat]," he said, adding that the airport's infrastructure is limited.
Casablanca is a major commercial center, he said: "The opportunity there is much greater." Establishment of Air Arabia Maroc (AAM) is still subject to governmental approval. Ali said the carrier will have a "pretty sizeable" fleet and added: "We'll operate all over Europe and wherever an A320 can reach in Africa."
(ABZ) Chairman, Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al-Thani said: "In addition to strengthening our operations in Sharjah, we are keen to capitalize on the immense potential in N Africa and southern Europe."
Regional Air Lines, which has 10 airplanes, operates to several cities in Morocco and four destinations in Spain and Portugal. Chairman Mohamed Hassan Ben Salah says he is confident the new carrier will contribute to increasing tourism to the country.
Bahrain investment firm Ithmaar Bank will be a partner to the 2 carriers in the new operation, although the precise ownership structure has not been disclosed.
(ABZ) firmed options for 10 A320s, following up on the order for up to 49 airplanes signed at last year's Dubai Air Show and saying said it needs the additional planes to support expansion and its new Moroccan base, scheduled to open next year. Last year's order comprised a firm contract for 34 airplanes plus 15 options. (ABZ) currently operates 16 A320s. It is awaiting governmental approval for its Casablanca operation called "Air Arabia Maroc (AAM)," which will be a joint venture with privately held Regional Air Lines of Morocco.
The European Union (EU)s "open skies" agreement with Morocco, signed two years ago, worries several European carriers that fear (ABZ) might gain unrestricted access to the European market, via a Moroccan affiliate. Earlier this year, it was confirmed that the body has sought reassurance from the Moroccan government, that it will guarantee application of the (EU) - Moroccan air services agreement, including ownership and control rules.
"The company will comply with all regulatory requirements," (ABZ) (CEO) Adel Ali stressed during last month's Arab Air Carriers Organization's annual general meeting in Tunis. "We will have management control. But in terms of ownership, it will be with our Moroccan partner. This works for both parties." He said (AAM) will start "small, with 2 to 3 airplanes" and will grow organically. Adel said (AAM) intends to develop similar ventures and the announcement of a 3rd base "hopefully" will occur before year end. He said only that it "will be somewhere between Morocco and Muscat," with analysts speculating either Alexandria or Amman.
The Moroccan operation had been scheduled to launch late this year in Rabat.
March 2009: A320-214 (3809, CN-NMA), (ILF) leased.
April 2009: Air Arabia (ABZ) plans to launch its Casablanca-based subsidiary Air Arabia Maroc (AAM) by late April or early May and hopes to be operating some 25 airplanes to at least 60 destinations in Europe and Africa within 5 years, (CEO) Adel Ali told reporters in comments cited by "Reuters."
May 2009: Air Arabia Maroc (AAM) is a joint venture (JV) between Regional Air Lines and Air Arabia (ABZ). (AAM) launched operations this month with a 4x-weekly service between its Casablanca base and London Stansted operated by a new A320-214 (3809, CN-NMA), (ILF) leased. It will add 4x-weekly flights to Marseille and Brussels South Charleroi on May 10, 3x-weekly flights to Bergamo on May 12, and Lyon on May 14, and a daily to Paris Charles de Gaulle on May 16.
June 2009: A320-214 (3246, CN-NMC), delivery.
July 2009: Air Arabia (ABZ) Group appointed former SkyEurope Airlines (SKP) Chairman & (CEO) Jason Bitter as (CEO) of its Air Arabia Maroc (AAM) subsidiary.
(ABZ) will commence a 3x-weekly, Casablanca - Amsterdam Schiphol service August 3 aboard an A320. The frequency will move to 4x-weekly from August 24.
Aviareps was selected by Air Arabia Maroc (ABZ) to serve as its General Service Agent (GSA) in Germany.
October 2009: Air Arabia Maroc (AAM) starts 3x-weekly service from Casablanca to Basel, Bolgna, and Venice Treviso.
(AAM) is recruiting A320 Captains (FC) and First Officers (FC). Applicants can view additional details on the company Web site and apply online.
April 2010: Forms Air Arabia Egypt (AGP) with 2 A320-200s (SU-AAA).
May 2010: Air Arabia Maroc (AAM) will launch 3x-weekly, Casablanca - Malaga service June 14.
August 2010: Air Arabia Maroc (AAM) plans to launch 3x-weekly, Casablanca – Cologne service from November 1 aboard an A320. The flight will stop once weekly at Nador and 2x-weekly at Fez.
October 2010: A320-214 (4310, CN-NMD), delivery, ex-(A6-ABU).
February 2011: Air Arabia Maroc (AAM) is recruiting A320 Captains and First Officer Flight Crew (FC). Applicants can view additional details on the company website and apply online.
June 2011: Air Arabia (ABZ) decided to delay the launch of a base in Amman owing to the social and political unrest in the region and high fuel prices. “With the current environment, we have delayed the Jordan plans. We will review the situation and take a decision,” said (CEO) Adel Ali. “Jordan is stable but countries like Syria, Egypt and Tunisia are still facing political instability. There is a lot going on in the region and with the current fuel prices, we thought this was not the right time.”
(ABZ) signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with the Tantash Group, a Jordan-based diversified investment company active in the travel sector, last June to launch a Low Cost Carrier (LCC), Air Arabia Jordan. Although it did not specify a start date or scale of the planned operations, the partners did stress that “Air Arabia Jordan, the 1st (LCC) based in the Hashemite Kingdom, will provide direct service to a range of destinations across the Europe, Middle East and North Africa region from Queen Alia International Airport.”
The Air Arabia Group launched its 1st non-(UAE)-based (LCC) in Casablanca in April 2009 and in June 2010 commenced operations from its 3rd hub in Alexandria, offering flights to the Gulf and the Middle East and North Africa region.
It posted a net profit of +AED44.2 million/+$12 million for its fiscal 1st quarter ended March 31, down -12% compared to +AED50 million in the year-ago period. Revenue rose +6% to AED513 million on a +11% increase in passengers carried to 1.2 million. Load factor averaged 85% LF, a +6 points gain on the year-ago period.
October 2011: Air Arabia Maroc (AAM) is a joint venture (JV) low cost carrier (LCC) and mkember of the Air Arabia (AAB) Group operating scheduled services from Casablanca, Fez, Nador, Oujda, and Tangier to destinations in Belgium, France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain, Turkey, and the UK.
Parent organization/shareholders: Air Arabia (ABZ) (29%); Ithmar Bank (Bahrain); & Regional Airlines.
(IATA) Code: 3O. (ICAO) Code: MAC.
Main Base: Casablanca Mohammed airport (CMN).
Destinations: Brussels; Casablaca, Fez; London Stansted; Lyon; Marseille; Milan (Orio al Serio); Nador; Oujda; Paris (CDG); and Tangier.
December 2011: Air Arabia Maroc (AAM) is accepting A320 Captains and First Officers Flight Crew (FC) applications online. Applicants can view minimum qualifications and apply online. See FltOps.com and FAPA.aero.
October 2012: Air Arabia Maroc (AAM), which currently has just >6% of international market from Morocco, continues to use to its benefit the ‘open skies’ policy between its home country and the European Union (EU), further expanding its presence in the Old Continent on 28 October. (AAM), which is a joint venture between Moroccan investors and Air Arabia (ABZ) of the (UAE), added weekly services from Marrakech (RAK) to Milan Bergamo (BGY) in northern Italy, which it also serves from Casablanca. Notably, this month also saw (AAM) enter the UK market with services to London Gatwick (LGW) from both Casablanca (CMN) and Tangier (TNG). Commenting on the launch of the new routes to Great Britain, which will be offered each with thrice-weekly frequencies, (ABZ)’s Group (CEO) Adel Ali, said: “This announcement marks a new milestone for (AAM). Entering the UK will further strengthen our current flights between Morocco and Europe; and at the same time, offers customers wider choice of affordable air travel between Casablanca, Tangier and London.” (AAM)’s fleet of A320s will be deployed on all new routes.
(AAM) is accepting flight crew (FC): A320 Captain and First Officer applications online for the Maroc main base.
See FAPA.aero: Pilot Career Conferences & Job Fairs
...For Future & Active Pilots (FC).
November 2012: Air Arabia Maroc (AAM) expanded its network to Montpellier (MPL) in southern France on November 14 when the Moroccan low-cost carrier (LCC) launched its 4th route to the city. A weekly service is now operated with (AAM)’s A320s from Marrakech (RAK), complementing existing Montpellier services from Casablanca, Fez and Nador.
September 2013: According to FAPA.aero, Air Arabia Maroc (AAM) is accepting A320 Captains (FC) applications online for its Casablanca, Morocco hub.
June 2015: Casablanca-based budget carrier, Air Arabia Maroc (AAM) is planning to double in size under its new 2015 - 2018 strategy.
July 2015: Air Arabia Maroc (AAM) has introduced its 7th route from Tangier (TNG). On July 24, (AAM) began 2x-weekly flights (Mondays and Fridays) on the 3,103 km route to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) using its A320s. No other carrier serves this route. (AAM) already serves the Turkish airport from its main Casablanca base. (AAM)’s other routes from Tangier are Amsterdam, Barcelona, Brussels, London Gatwick, Madrid, and Montpellier.
A320-214 (4524, A6-ANB), Air Arabia (ABZ) sub-leased.
November 2015: Air Arabia Maroc (AAM) commenced services between Marrakech (RAK) and Frankfurt (FRA) on October 27. The 2,466 km sector will be operated 2x-weekly by (AAM) on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The link will also face direct competition from 2 incumbent carriers with Lufthansa (DLH) and SunExpress Germany (SXD) also serving the same city pair. Flights will leave Marrakech at 13:40 arriving into Frankfurt at 18:40. The return leg leaves the German hub at 19:30 the same day, landing back into the Moroccan airport at 22:25. Adel Ali, Air Arabia Group (CEO), commented about the launch by saying: “We recognize the connection between Frankfurt and Marrakech as an appealing destination favorable to both tourists and business travelers and we are excited to have begun regular services between the two cities. By offering Germans the possibility to travel to Marrakech from Frankfurt, we are providing them with a chance to discover a unique experience in a mythical city that has an exceptional cultural heritage. This new route further emphasizes Air Arabia Maroc (AAM)’s commitment to expanding its network for tourism, business and leisure destinations across Europe and Africa.” The route will be served by (AAM)’s A320s.
March 2016: Air Arabia Maroc (AAM) recently commenced 2 new services between Morocco and France, starting on March 29 with Fez (FEZ) to Toulouse (TLS). The 1,210 km sector will be flown 2x-weekly (Tuesdays and Saturdays) facing no direct competition.
The 2nd route launched by (AAM) commenced on April 1 between Marrakech (RAK) and Pau (PUF). The 1,468 km link will operate weekly (Fridays) facing no incumbent carriers. Both of (AAM)’s 2 new routes will be flown by its fleet of 162Y-seat A320s. Fez becomes the 2nd destination to be served by (AAM) from Toulouse, with it already operating 2x-weekly flights to Casablanca.
Pau becomes the 4th French airport that Air Arabia Maroc (AAM) serves, with (AAM) also operating from Toulouse as well as Lyon from Casablanca, and Montpellier from Casablanca, Fez, Marrakech, Nador, and Tangier.
June 2017: A320-214 (4848, CN-NML), ex-(A6-ANF) delivery.
October 2017: Air Arabia Maroc (AAM) opened its latest base at Agadir (AGA) on October 1st stationing 1 A320 at the Moroccan Airport. With the placement of the aircraft, it has allowed (AAM) to initially open 4x-weekly to Cologne Bonn (CGN), Copenhagen (CPH), Manchester (MAN), and Munich (MUC), while Dublin, Stockholm Arlanda and Toulouse are being inaugurated in the coming days.
The 1st 4 routes to be launched by (AAM) from Agadir (AGA) will all be flown 2x-weekly on (AAM)’s A320s. The average weekly distance of the route quartet that started this week is 2,819 km.
Agadir (AGA) all A320 2x- to Cologne Bonn (CGN); to Copenhagen (CPH); to Manchester (MAN) vs Thomson Airways (GUE)/(JMA) 2x-; to Munich (MUC) vs Condor (CDF) 1x-, and SunExpress (SNS) 1x-.