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FORMED IN 1953 AND STARTED OPERATIONS IN 1957. NATIONAL AIRLINE. FORMERLY "COMPAGNIE CHERIFIENNE DE TRANSPORTS AERIENS." A K A COMPAGNIE NATIONALE DE TRANSPORTS AERIENS. DOMESTIC, REGIONAL, & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED PASSENGER & CARGO, & INCLUSIVE TOUR CHARTER, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.
AEROPORT DE CASABLANCA-ANFA
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.
JUNE 1957: ROYAL AIR MAROC (RAM) WAS MAJORITY-OWNED BY THE MOROCCAN GOVERNMENT.
JANUARY 1993: $525 MILLION ORDER FOR 12 737-400/-500'S.
APRIL 1993: 737-4B6 (PW634) & 737-5B6 (CFM56-3C1) (PT584) DELIVERIES. PROPOSAL TO REPLACE 747'S WITH 767 EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) AIRPLANES.
SEPTEMBER 1993: STARTED ON WESTINGHOUSE 2 BAY, 747 HANGAR, TO OPEN IN 2 YEARS TIME.
NOVEMBER 1993: TAKING AIR FRANCE (AFA) 747-400 (GE) (RT717), 439 PAX: 16F, 38C, 385Y, (WAS PREVIOUSLY STORED IN THE DESERT AT MARANA, USA).
MAY 1994: 2 737-400'S DELIVERIES.
AUGUST 1994: ACCDT: (RAM) ATR 42 CRASHED (PILOT SUICIDE) = ALL 4 (FC)-(CA)/40 PASSENGER FATALITIES.
OCTOBER 1994: 1994 = +1% PASSENGERS (PAX).
SOLD 747SP TO CORSAIR (COR).
JANUARY 1995: 1994 = -$5.7 MILLION (NET LOSS).
JULY 1995: 1 737-400 & 1 737-500 DELIVERIES.
JANUARY 1996: 1995 = +$5.8 MILLION.
APRIL 1996: USA (FAA) SAFETY OVERSIGHT ONLY GIVES MOROCCO A "CONDITIONAL" RATING.
PLANS TO START IN LATE 1996 THE CONSTRUCTION OF 11,000 SQ M AIRPLANE MAINTENANCE HANGAR (2 747'S), TO BE COMPLETED IN 1998.
JULY 1996: NEW ROUTES TO BAHRAIN AND KUWAIT. ADDED BUDAPEST.
WITH AIR LIBERTE (LBE), FLYING PARIS TO CASABLANCA, (RAM) HAD TO REDUCE FARES TO COMPETE.
727'S L/N 806 & 848, HAVE BEEN RETIRED.
SEPTEMBER 1996: CONVERTS PREVIOUS 9 ORDERS 737-400'S, TO 2/7 ORDERS (1998) 737-800'S.
OCTOBER 1996: "D" MAINTENANCE CHECK ON 757 (NC041).
JANUARY 1997: 1996 = +$12.7 MILLION.
MARCH 1997: 1 737-500 DELIVERY (PT586).
APRIL 1997: SOLD 727 (QA585) TO AIRCRAFT INVENTORY CORPORATION.
JULY 1997: OBTAINS (ISO) 9002 CERTIFICATION IN AN EFFORT TO IMPROVE QUALITY. OBTAINS (JAR) 145 CERTIFICATION, THE 1ST AND ONLY 1 IN AFRICA.
LEASES 747-2B6B (SCD) (21615) TO CORSAIR (COR).
AUGUST 1997: CONTRACT MAINTENANCE "D" CHECK ON AIR FRANCE (AFA) 737-200.
OCTOBER 1997: HOSTED BOEING (TBC), REGIONAL "STRUCTURES SEMINAR" IN CASABLANCA PRESENTED IN FRENCH.
THE GOVERNMENT OK'S SALE OF 30% TO 40% OF CAPITAL ($31 MILLION).
JANUARY 1998: PLANS TO ADD SERVICE TO CHICAGO (ORD), MIAMI (MIA), & LOS ANGELES (LAX) (767-300).
MARCH 1998: CODE SHARE WITH AIR FRANCE (AFA) TO PARIS, STRASBOURG, AND LYON.
APRIL 1998: 1ST 737 OPERATOR FOR (FAA) CERTIFICATION OF HONEYWELL/TRIMBLE HT9100 GLOBAL NAVIGATION MANAGEMENT SYSTEM.
MAY 1998: LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) FOR "WIDE-RANGING AGREEMENT" WITH IBERIA (IBE), INCLUDING CODE SHARE FROM TANGIERS & CASABLANCA TO BARCELONA & MALAGA.
747-2B6B (SCD) (21615) LEASED TO CORSAIR (COR) UNTIL SEPTEMBER 1998.
JUNE 1998: REMAINING 2 727'S SOLD.
JULY 1998: CODE SHARE IN OCTOBER 1998 WITH (TWA) TO BOSTON, CHICAGO (ORD), LOS ANGELES (LAX), WASHINGTON, MIAMI (MIA), ORLANDO, SAN FRANCISCO (SFO), & ST LOUIS TO NEW YORK (747-400).
LEASES 2ND A321 FROM EGYPTAIR (EGP). 1ST NON-USA AIRLINE WITH REGULARLY SCHEDULED SERVICE, TO RECEIVE 1ST 737-800, 153 PAX: 24F, 129Y; TO BE USED TO EXPAND ROUTES THROUGHOUT AFRICA, EUROPE & MIDDLE EAST.
2 737-8B6'S DELIVERIES.
AUGUST 1998: NEW 737-8B6 NONSTOP TO CAIRO.
SEPTEMBER 1998: 2 737-2B6'S (21298, 21299), LEASED TO VIABRASIL TRANSPORTES AEREOS (VTA), NOW TO TRANS CONTINENTAL (TCN), VIA KALITTA LEASING (KHA).
OCTOBER 1998: 1997 = +$21 MILLION (+$14.1 MILLION) (NET PROFIT).
THE USA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) OK'S (TWA) CODE SHARE, NEW YORK TO MARRAKECH, & TANGIER, MOROCCO, & ABIDJAN, COTE D'IVOIRE, VIA CASABLANCA.
NOVEMBER 1998: CODE SHARE WITH GULF AIR (GUL) TO DUBAI WITH JOINT SERVICES TO DOHA, AND MUSCAT, IN THE FUTURE.
ROYAL AIR MAROC (RAM) WILL BE A LAUNCH CUSTOMER FOR THE HONEYWELL/RACAL AERO I, SATELLITE COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM, INSTALLED BY AN (FAA) SUPPLEMENTARY TYPE CERTIFICATE (STC) ON ALL 737-800'S. THE SYSTEM PROVIDES OPERATIONS VIA GROUND STATIONS FOR COCKPIT VOICE, ENABLING INSTANT COMMUNICATIONS WITH OPERATIONS, MAINTENANCE, (ATC), PASSENGER TELEPHONY, & FAX, NEWS & WEATHER BROADCASTS, INTERACTIVE PASSENGER SERVICES & PERSONAL COMPUTER (PC) DATA CAPABILITIES.
SOLD 727-2B6 (21299) TO AIRCRAFT INVENTORY.
FEBRUARY 1999: 1998 = 3 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX).
MARCH 1999: FOUAD ATTAR, HEAD ENGINEERING; & HAFID EL BOUKFAOUI; VISITED BOEING (TBC) SEATTLE FOR UPCOMING 737-800 DELIVERIES.
APRIL 1999: 5,429 EMPLOYEES.
737-700 DELIVERY. SWITCHED 2 OF REMAINING 7 ORDERS 737-800'S TO 737-700'S.
MAY 1999: 2 737-800'S, (GECAS) (GEH) LEASED (28592) 3 YEARS.
JUNE 1999: 737-7B6 (28984) & 737-86N (28595), (GECAS) (GEH) LEASED.
JULY 1999: TO CODE SHARE WITH (TWA) FROM TANGIER, & MARAKESH.
AUGUST 1999: JOINT VENTURE WITH SNECMA (51%), IN SNECMA MOROCCO ENGINE SERVICES, FOR MAINLY (CFM56)'S, & AUXILIARY POWER UNIT (APU) REPAIR/OVERHAUL.
AGREES TO BUY 51% OF AIR SENEGAL (SNG).
OCTOBER 1999: NONSTOP, LONDON STANSTED (STN) TO MARRAKECH (THE TOP DESTINATION IN MOROCCO FOR UK VISITORS).
M BELLATIG, SENIOR VP MAINTENANCE & ENGINEERING REPLACES HAMAYED EL MILI, WHO RETIRED.
NOVEMBER 1999: L ESSAIDI, DIRECTOR QUALITY ASSURANCE REPLACES M EL OUAHIDI. K BENDAHOU, DIRECTOR OVERHAUL SHOPS.
1998 = +$26.61 MILLION (+$31.9 MILLION): 3.65 BILLION (RPM) TRAFFIC (+10.3%), 392.8 MILLION (FTM) FREIGHT TRAFFIC (+37.5%).
DECEMBER 1999: CODE SHARE WITH (TWA) FROM ABIDJAN, COTE D'IVOIRE TO CASABLANCA TO NEW YORK (JFK).
2-DAY STRIKE RESULTS IN ALL AIRPLANES GROUNDED.
1 747-200, CORSAIR (COR) LEASED. 1 747-2B6B, WET-LEASED TO REPUBLIC OF GABON (GAB). SWITCHES 3 ORDERS 737-800'S, TO SMALLER 737-700'S.
FEBRUARY 2000: 5,361 EMPLOYEES.
MARCH 2000: $10 MILLION FOR 51% OF AIR SENEGAL (SNG). SENEGALESE GOVERNMENT, WHICH OWNS 49%, MAY SELL 5% TO EMPLOYEES.
3 737-200'S FOR SALE.
APRIL 2000: CODE SHARE WITH EL AL (ELA) TO TEL AVIV.
5,429 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 360 FLIGHT CREW (FC), & 599 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA)).
2 737-7B6 (28985, CN-RNQ; 28986, CN-RNR), & 1 737-8B6 (28983, CN-RNP) DELIVERIES.
JUNE 2000: HAFID EL BOUKFAOUI, SENIOR MANAGER AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE. MOHAMMED DIANE, SENIOR MANAGER ENGINEERING.
JULY 2000: CODE SHARE WITH DELTA AIRLINES (DAL) TO NEW YORK AND AGADIR, MARRAKECH, & TANGIERS.
1999 = +$16.60 MILLION (+$26.61 MILLION).
AUGUST 2000: CODE SHARE WITH TUNISAIR (TUN) TO NEW YORK (JFK), AND TO AFRICAN DESTINATIONS. ALSO, FROM TUNIS, TO MIDDLE EAST, AND EASTERN EUROPEAN POINTS.
OCTOBER 2000: AS PART OF MOROCCO - USA "OPEN-SKIES" ACCORD, THE USA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION (DOT) OK'S CODE SHARE WITH DELTA AIRLINES (DAL) TO NEW YORK (JFK), AND ONTO 9 USA CITIES.
NOVEMBER 2000: ESTABLISHED AIR SENEGAL INTERNATIONAL (SNG) THROUGH A JOINT VENTURE (JV) WITH THE GOVERNMENT OF SENEGAL, BUT LATER, THIS AIRLINE CEASED OPERATIONS.
FLIES TO 37 COUNTRIES AND 58 DESTINATIONS IN EUROPE, THE MIDDLE EAST, AFRICA, AND NORTH AMERICA.
OWNS 51% AIR SENEGAL INTERNATIONAL (SNG).
$1.4 BILLION, 20 ORDERS 737-NG,'S AND 2 ORDERS 767'S.
JANUARY 2001: JOINT VENTURE WITH BOEING (TBC) TO MANUFACTURE COAXIAL & GENERAL PURPOSE CABLES FOR (TBC) AIRPLANES.
FEBRUARY 2001: AFTER MEETING BETWEEN MOROCCO'S KING MOHHAMED, WITH NOEL FORGEARD, PRESIDENT AIRBUS (EDS), ROYAL AIR MAROC (RAM) ANNOUNCES $220 MILLION, 4 ORDERS (FEBRUARY 2003) A321-200'S.
2 ORDERS (JANUARY 2002) 767-300ER'S, (GECAS) (GEF) LEASED.
MARCH 2001: 10/10 ORDERS 737-NG'S. 1 A330-223 (223) RETURNED TO AUSTRIAN AIRLINES (AUL).
APRIL 2001: 2 737-2B6'S (21216, 6V-AHK; 22767, CN-RML) WET-LEASED TO AIR SENEGAL INTERNATIONAL (SNG).
MAY 2001: KHALID BENDAHOU DEPUTY VP ENGINEERING & COMMERCIAL MARKETING REPLACES FOUD ATTAR, WHO LEFT THE COMPANY.
JUNE 2001: ANNOUNCED AT PARIS AIR SHOW, JOINT VENTURE BETWEEN BOEING (TBC), ROYAL AIR MAROC (RAM), AND LABINAL SNECMA GROUP TO MANUFACTURE WIRE BUNDLES AND SUPPLY PARTS, TO (TBC). THE ANNUAL VALUE IS ESTIMATED TO BE $40 MILLION/YEAR. THE COMPANY IS CALLED MATIS AEROSPACE, AND ALAN MULALLY (TBC) PRESIDENT STATED "THIS VENTURE UNDERSCORES OUR VISION OF A GLOBAL ENTERPRISE FOR AEROSPACE LEADERSHIP."
2 ORDERS (JANUARY 2002) 767-36NER'S (30115; 30843), (GEF) 7 YEAR LEASED.
AUGUST 2001: MOHAMED BERRADA (CEO).
IN NOVEMBER 2001, NADOR TO DUSSELDORF (737-500, WEEKLY).
OCTOBER 2001: FOLLOWING GLOBAL AIRLINE INDUSTRY DOWNTURN, THE GOVERNMENT GIVES $72.7 MILLION TO HELP FOR OUTSTANDING DEBT AND $45.3 MILLION FOR RECAPITALIZATION.
IN 2002, WILL DELAY DELIVERY BY 1 YEAR OF 737'S, 2 767-36N'S, AND A321'S.
NOVEMBER 2001: "C" CHECK MAINTENANCE FOR CAMEROON (CAM) 737.
FEBRUARY 2002: ROYAL AIR MAROC (RAM)'S VISION FOR CASABLANCA IS FOR IT TO BECOME AFRICA'S GATEWAY TO NORTH AMERICA, EUROPE, AND THE MIDDLE EAST.
IN CONJUNCTION WITH AIR SENEGAL INTERNATIONAL (SNG), PLANS TO MAKE DAKAR INTO A MINI-HUB TO FEED PASSENGERS FROM WESTERN AFRICA TO CASABLANCA.
CONTRACT WITH DELTA AIRLINES (DAL) TECHNICAL OPERATIONS FOR ALL MAINTENANCE AND SPARES SUPPORT FOR 767'S, INCLUDING MAINTAINING TECHNICAL RECORDS. (RAM) DOES OVERNIGHT MAINTENANCE CHECKS IN CASABLANCA.
TO NEW YORK (JFK) (767-300ER, DAILY) & TO MONTREAL (767-300ER, 4/WEEK).
2 767-36NER'S (30015; 30843) DELIVERIES.
MARCH 2002: PLANS TO START SUBSIDIARY CHARTER AIRLINE OUT OF MARRAKECH IN MAY 2002, CALLED AIR MEDITERRANEE INTERNATIONAL (AMI - (FRENCH FOR "FRIEND").
APRIL 2002: PLANS 180 MINUTES EXTENDED TWIN ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) FOR 2 767-300ER'S FLYING TO NEW YORK, AND MONTREAL, STARTING IN MAY 2002.
MAIN BASE: CASABLANCA MOHAMMED V AIRPORT (CMN).
1 737-8B6 (28987, CN-RNU) DELIVERY.
September 2002: Fiscal Year (FY) 2001 = +$638,000 (-$1.1 million). 30,000 tonnes/year of cargo, only 7% of total revenues.
Owners: Government: 94.39%; Air France (AFA) (3.97%); & Iberia (IBE) (1.32%); Private shareholders (0.32%).
The government regards Royal Air Maroc (RAM) as an essential partner in its plan to boost tourism from around 3 million passengers/year, to 10 million, by 2010.
(RAM) currently operates 150 daily flights serving 78 cities in >40 countries.
(RAM), does "D" maintenance checks on Air France (AFA) 737'S, and (AFA) pilots (FC) use (RAM)'s (CAE) 737 flight simulator.
October 2002: Royal Air Maroc (RAM)'s technical base at Casablanca's Mohammed V airport, has a 2-bay airplane maintenance hangar, originally built for the USA Air Force in 1944, and an 8,000 sq ft, 4-bay hangar, with 13,000 sq ft of workshops. This base can perform all maintenance checks on 737's and 757's.
December 2002: Reorganization of Maintenance & Engineering into an independent cost center, is expected to take 2 years.
January 2003: 737-7B6 (28988, CN-RNV) delivery.
February 2003: Delta Airlines (DAL) Technical Operations agreement to provide integrated maintenance support services for code share partner, Royal Air Maroc's (RAM) 767-300ER's, including Engineering, Line and Component Maintenance, Inventory & Administration support.
March 2003: Selected Rockwell Collins to provide avionics and in-flight entertainment (IFE) systems for 19 737-700's/-800's and 4 A321's.
INCDT: (RAM) 737-4B6 (2733-27678, CN-RNF) damaged beyond economical repair after bad landing at Oudja Les Angades, Write-Off (W/O).
April 2003: 5,548 employees.
737-86N (28595) returned to (GECAS) (GEF), leased to Travel Service (TSF).
July 2003: 2002 = 6.31 billion (RPK) traffic (-14.3%); -76.2% (ASK) capacity; 70.5% LF load factor; 3.21 million passengers (PAX) (-14.4%); 51.29 million (FTK) freight traffic (-18.6%); 5,997 employees (+9%).
2002 TOP WORLD AIRLINES TRAFFIC (RPK) (BILLION):
88 (KUW) 6.71; 89 (VIE) 6.60; 90 (SPR) 6.57; 91 (BMA) 6.56; 92 (LNK) 6.41; 93 (RAM) 6.38; 94 (BTA) 6.36; 95 (QTA) 6.20; 96 (COI) 5.96; 97 (EGF) 5.94; 98 (LOT) 5.87; 99 (FRO) 5.49; 100 (WJI) 5.49.
737-8B6 (33057, CN-RNW), delivery.
September 2003: Memo of Understanding (MOU) with Tunisair (TUN) to cooperate, including code share on routes between Morocco and Tunisia, as well as on transatlantic routes of Royal Air Maroc (RAM) and Middle East routes by (TUN).
October 2003: Code share with Emirates (EAD), Dubai to Casablanca.
November 2003: 1st A321-211 delivery. Will be used on medium-haul, high-density routes such as Casablanca to Paris.
February 2004: Plans to move its HQ from the city of Casablanca to Nouaceur, near Mohammed V Airport, in May 2006.
In March 2004, code share with SN Brussels Airlines (DAT), Casablanca to Brussels, and Casablanca to Bamako, Libreville, Niamey, and Nouakchott.
737-8B6 (33059, CN-ROA) delivery.
April 2004: 5,997 employees.
May 2004: Code share with Austrian (AUL), Casablanca to Agadir to Vienna (737, weekly).
Establishes a low-cost subsidiary called "Atlas Blue" (BMM) operating scheduled and charter, jet airplane services from Marrakesh and Agadir to destinations in Europe. Will wet-lease 737-4B6's to (BBM) to start operations.
July 2004: 2003 = +$15.76 million (+$27.8 million): 6.55 billion (RPK) traffic (+3.8%); 68.9% LF load factor; 3.24 million passengers (PAX) (+.9%).
August 2004: 737-4B6 (24807, CN-RMF) wet-leased to its new low-cost subsidiary, Atlas Blue (BMM), based at Marrakesh.
September 2004: Launches low-cost subsidiary Atlas Blue (BMM) from Marrakesh with 3 737-400's. Operates on behalf of Etapes Nouvelles to France. +5 737-400's will be transferred from Royal Air Maroc (RAM) in November 2004 to expand the network to the UK, Belgium, Germany, & Italy.
In February 2005, Atlas Blue (BMM), Marrakech to Toulouse (2x-weekly).
Atlas Blue (BMM) will deploy Lufthansa (DLH) Systems' FlexLine to handle its sales processes. Will also implement Lufthansa Systems' new B2B sales modules.
October 2004: Iberia (IBE) expands its code share with Royal Air Maroc (RAM) over Casablanca to Agadir, Fez, Laayoune, Ouarzate, and Oujda & on (RAM) services from Casablanca to Gran Canaria & Malaga, Marrakech, and Tangiers to Barcelona, and from Agadir & Laayoune to Gran Canaria. (RAM) will code share on Iberia (IBE) flights between Madrid and Alicante, Bilbao, Palma de Mallorca, Santiago de Compestela, Seville, & Valencia, which connect services to Casablanca.
4 737-4B6's (24808; 26529; 26530; 26531) transferred to Atlas Blue (BMM).
March 2005: Selects (IER) 978 self-service kiosks with Common Use Self-Service platform to provide self check-in service at Casablanca. (IER) is a subsidiary of the Bollore Group.
737-8B6 (33061, CN-ROC) delivery.
June 2005: 5,719 employees.
Memo of Understanding (MOU), 5 orders 787's.
August 2005: 5,629 employees (-1.6%).
November 2005: Royal Air Maroc (RAM) resumed service from Casablanca to Beirut after a 21 year hiatus. The airline will operate 2x-weekly on Thursdays & Sundays, using a 737-700.
The European Union (EU) reached agreement with Morocco on its participation in the Galileo satellite navigation system, intended to provide a network of 30 satellites in medium earth orbit under civilian control. The deal covers industrial and scientific cooperation and development of specific Galileo applications for Morocco, the western Mediterranean and West Africa. It will be submitted at the December meeting of the (EU) Transport Council for formal approval. Morocco is the 1st African country to join the Galileo project. Agreements have been concluded with China, Israel, Ukraine and India and discussions are underway with Argentina, Brazil, Mexico, Norway, Chile, South Korea, Malaysia, Canada and Australia.
CasaAero, a joint venture between Alteon and Royal Air Maroc (RAM), opened its pilot (FC) training facility at Aeroport Casa Anfa. It will house 2 737 simulators.
December 2005: Royal Air Maroc (RAM) will inaugurate nonstop service from Casablanca to Lille and operate 3x-weekly, on Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, using a 737-700.
The European Union (EU) and Morocco reached an "open skies" agreement that will go into effect next year pending parliamentary ratification. The deal allows the Moroccan government to avoid spending approximately $3.29 billion to expand (RAM)'s fleet by the +60 airplanes required to accommodate increasing tourism, "Reuters" reported. (RAM) (CEO) Mohamed Berrada told state news agency "MAP" he did not fear impending competition. "The competition will not play out on Morocco only," he said. "That competition will play out in the (EU) as well. For us, competition is a factor of progress."
(RAM) firmed up its July order for 4 787s plus an option for $650 million. (RAM) intends to use the 787s on services to North America and on new routes in the Middle East and Africa. The 1st 787 Dreamliner is scheduled for delivery in October 2008. "The advantages the 787 brings to our long-haul fleet operations will allow (RAM) to expand profitably," Chairman & (CEO) Mohamed Berrada said.
January 2005: Royal Air Maroc (RAM) announced creation of an A320 and 737 Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul (MRO) subsidiary called Aerotechnic Industries to be based at Marrakech-Menara. (RAM)'s initial investment of MAD70 million/$7.5 million will be directed largely toward the construction of an 11,000-sq m maintenance hangar with room for 2 airplanes. Group President & General Manager, Mohamed Berrada said the new company will create approximately +100 jobs and will be "part of the framework centering around the policy of development of national tourism." The Head of the Production Planning & Control department at (RAM)'s Centre Industriel Aeronautique, Youssef Jroundi, was named General Manager of Aerotechnic.
767-328ER (27212, CN-ROG), ex-Asiana Airlines (AAR), bought from Sunrock Aircraft (SNR).
February 2006: Royal Air Maroc (RAM) will increase the frequency of service from Casablanca to Beirut from 2 to 3x-weekly. The airline already operates Thursday and Sunday and is adding Tuesday service.
(RAM) is adding 3x-weekly flights from New York (JFK) to Casablanca from the week of May 14 through the week of October 22 and a 4th flight from the week of June 18 through September 5. Weekly frequency will increase to 9. (RAM) will inaugurate nonstop service from Casablanca to Turin on May 28th and operate 2x-weekly on Wednesdays & Sundays, using a 737-700.
(RAM) finalized a (GEnx) engine order for its 5 787s. The deal is worth >$100 million and deliveries are scheduled to begin in October 2008.
March 2006: Air Gabon International (AGI) is the newly formed flag carrier of the Central African country, Gabon. After the signing of a shareholder agreement between the transport minister of Gabon and Royal Air Maroc (RAM), President & General Manager, Driss Benhima, (AGI) will begin operations at the end of the 1st quarter with a fleet of 2 airplanes, probably 737-700s. It will provide services from Libreville to France, Morocco, South Africa, Malawi, Brazzaville and Angola.
(RAM) was selected to participate following a consultation launched by the Gabonese government. The shareholder agreement calls for (RAM) and (AGI) to maximize possible synergies from a commercial, technical and economic standpoint. The former Air Gabon (GBN) was often criticized for lax safety standards and the operation of old airplanes. (RAM) is cooperating in a similar flag-carrier project in Senegal with Air Senegal International (SNG) based in Dakar.
The government of Gabon announced the immediate liquidation of bankrupt national carrier Air Gabon (GBN) and its replacement by this new private airline (AGI), controlled by (RAM).
(RAM) will launch a major capacity increase with its summer schedule in an effort to bring more connecting traffic from North America and Europe into Africa. Total network capacity (ASK)s will lift by >+30% compared to summer 2005. In detail, (RAM) will offer +40% (ASK) more capacity on international flights and +14% (ASK) more on its domestic network aimed at consolidating traffic (RPK) at its Casablanca hub. Capacity to France will rise +51% (ASK) from April 1. On the rest of the European network, (ASK)s will increase +22% accompanied by a +10% gain in capacity to the Maghreb region and a +40% hike to Middle East destinations. African routes will see a +60% increase as (RAM) offers 60x-weekly to the rest of the continent. (ASK)s to North America will be up +45% as flights to New York (JFK) will grow to 9x-weekly and flights to Montreal to 10x-weekly. To handle the expansion, (RAM) took delivery of a 767-300ER and a 737-700 this quarter. It will take an A321 this month and a 737-800 in April.
Delta Air Lines (DAL) expanded its maintenance support agreement with (RAM). (DAL) TechOps will provide Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) work and inventory exchange services covering an additional (RAM) 767-300ER, the (PW2000) engines on a 757 and (GTCP331-200) and (131-9B) Auxiliary Power Units (APUs) on airplanes operated by (RAM) subsidiaries. (DAL) TechOps already services (RAM)'s 767-300ERs, (PW2000)s and 767-300, 757 and 737-800 (APU)s.
737-8B6 (33062, CN-ROD), delivery. A321-211 (2726, CN-ROF), leased to Atlas Blue (BMM).
April 2006: SITA said it won a 5 year, $5.6 million contract from the Moroccan National Office of Airports to install and maintain AirportConnect (CUTE), "a state-of-the-art Information Technology (IT) system for managing busy airport environments," at the country's main airports in Casablanca, Agadir and Marrakech.
737-8B6 (33063, CN-ROE), delivery.
June 2006: 2 737-85P's (33978, CN-ROH; 33979, CN-ROJ), deliveries. 737-85P (33979), for Atlas Blue (BBM) operations.
July 2006: Snecma Morocco Engine Services (SMES), a 51:49 joint venture between Snecma Services and Royal Air Maroc (RAM), adapted the test cell in its Casablanca facility to handle the (CFM56-7) for the 737NG. (SMES) said it invested >$3.5 million to upgrade the facility, making it the 1st engine repair shop for the type in Africa and the southern Mediterranean.
November 2006: Royal Air Maroc (RAM) launched service from Casablanca to Brazzaville and Accra (each 3x-weekly) and Malabo (2x-weekly). (RAM) will inaugurate direct service from Casablanca to Malabo (Equatorial Guinea) on December 18th and operate 2 flights a week, departing Casablanca on Mondays & Fridays and Malabo on Tuesdays & Saturdays, using a 737-800 with a stopover in Libreville (Gabon) on the way out, and nonstop on the way back. (RAM) will increase the frequency on its Casablanca to Libreville route from 3 to 4x-weekly from February 1st. To the current flight departing Casablanca on Mondays, Wednesdays, & Fridays, (RAM) will add a Thursday departure, all using 737-800s.
December 2006: The European Union (EU) reached an expanded aviation services agreement with Morocco. The deal with Morocco, signed by (EU) VP Transport, Jacques Barrot and Moroccan Minister of Transport, Karim Ghellab, is a "new type of aviation agreement," that replaces all bilaterals between the North African nation and (EU) members, and includes "open skies," as well as initiatives to enhance security and safety and the harmonization of competition, state-aid, environmental and consumer protection rules. It also will allow for cross-investment. It is the 1st time that the European Community (EC) has signed a complete aviation services agreement with a non-European country.
February 2007: 737-82K (33064, CN-ROK), delivery.
March 2007: 737-8B6 (33065, CN-ROL) and A321-211 (3070, CN-ROM) deliveries.
September 2007: Etihad Airways (EHD) and Royal Air Maroc (RAM) signed a code share agreement under which (EHD) customers will be able to connect to select West African destinations beyond Casablanca. (RAM) passengers will have access to (EHD)'s "expanding global flight network," it said. (EHD) operates 4x-weekly Abu Dhabi to Casablanca service.
November 2007: 2 737-B6Cs (23049; 23050), sold to Nolinor Aviation (NRL).
March 2008: 737-8B6 (33067, CN-ROP), delivery.
July 2008: Snecma Services announced that Royal Air Maroc (RAM) signed an Engineering Support contract, "further consolidating the partnership" between (RAM) and itself. The 2 are already partners in the jointly owned Snecma Morocco Engine Services Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) shop for (CFM56-3) and (CFM56-7B) engines.
Amadeus won a 10-year deal with (RAM) for distribution services in its home market. The agreement takes effect January 1, 2009, and brings the number of contracts Amadeus has signed with Arab Air Carriers Organization members to 13.
September 2008: Pilots (FC) at state-owned Royal Air Maroc (RAM) remain locked in a tense struggle with management over pay and work conditions. Among the topics of contention are moves to push
more flying to (RAM)’s lower-cost Atlas Blue (BMM) unit.
November 2008: Royal Air Maroc (RAM) reportedly is planning to establish a regional subsidiary called "Atlas Inter," which will start flying in March with eight leased turboprops (most likely ATR 72s). Local media are reporting that (RAM) is looking to cut costs on regional routes it currently operates with A321s or 737s.
December 2008: 737-8B6 (37718, CN-ROS), delivery.
March 2009: Royal Air Maroc (RAM) (CEO), Driss Benhima told a business conference in Casablanca that (RAM) soon will place an order for 6 new airplanes. "We will sign the order deal by the end of this month," he was quoted as saying by "Reuters," but declined to specify the airplane type.
Later, (RAM) placed firm orders for 2 ATR 42-600s and 4 ATR 72-600s with options for an additional 2 ATR 72-600s. The airplane will be operated by new regional subsidiary, Royal Air Maroc Express, which will launch service this summer.
April 2009: 737-8B6 (33068, CN-ROT), delivery.
May 2009: 737-8B6 (33069, CN-ROU), delivery.
June 2009: Royal Air Maroc (RAM) and the Senegalese government signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) to establish a new state-controlled airline, ending the dispute related to the April closure of Air Senegal International (SNG). Senegal's "(APS)" news agency reported that the parties will work together to set up (SNG), which will have access to (RAM)'s Technical, Commercial and Operational services.
(RAM) will pull its own low-cost brand Atlas Blue (BMM) and launch a regional airline as part of its strategy to fend off competition from no-frills carriers that have increased since the 2006 signing of the "open skies" agreement between Morocco and the European Union (EU). "We cannot get rid of this competition. We have to face it. We will reinforce our position as a legacy carrier and develop our hub network from Casablanca," (RAM) President Driss Benhima said at the Paris Air Show.
(RAM) signed a firm contract for 4 ATR 72-600s and 2 ATR 42-600s, plus options for +2 ATR 72-600s, at Le Bourget. The new turboprops will be operated by Royal Air Maroc Express, the new regional subsidiary set to be launched in the coming weeks and created in cooperation with the Moroccan government.
Since deliveries of the newly ordered ATRs will not start until 2011, (RAM) is leasing 4 ATR 72-200s from the manufacturer. "Our new regional carrier will enhance the air connectivity between Moroccan towns and reinforce their appeal to tourists. But there is also a growing domestic demand," Benhima said. "We will operate high frequencies to increase the attractiveness of the offer."
(RAM) Express will be based at Casablanca and connect to (RAM)'s medium- and long-haul networks. (RAM) is adding 2 767-300ERs this year and in November 2005 placed an order for 5 787s. The 787 Dreamliner delay is "a problem," Benhima said.
Atlas Blue (BMM), which commenced operations in July 2004, will remain a point-to-point operator mainly between Marrakech and European cities but it will fly under the (RAM) brand. It will offer complimentary on board catering and its 737s will be fitted with business class (C). "It will be sort of a (RAM) light," Benhima said.
Air France Industries (AFI) concluded a shareholder agreement with (RAM) under which (AFI) will acquire a 50% stake in (ATI), (RAM)'s airplane maintenance arm. This (JV) will provide a dedicated Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) service to support A320 family airplanes. A new hangar with 2 bays will be built at Casablanca International and should be operational next year. (AFI) President, Alain Bassil described the Moroccan venture as "an important project which should enable us to develop business on narrow body airplanes in a more competitive environment than Europe."
ATR 72-202 (483, CN-COD), ATR leased for Royal Air Maroc (RAM) Express.
July 2009: Rishworth Aviation extended its agreement with Royal Air Maroc (RAM) to supply on assignment pilots (FC) for 737-500/-800 and ATR 42/ATR 72 airplanes.
August 2009: Royal Air Maroc (RAM) will launch 2x-weekly, Casablanca to Dubai service on October 27 using 767-300ERs.
November 2009: Worldwide Flight Services won contracts from Royal Air Maroc (RAM), Air Caraibes (GUP), Air Mali (CMP), Air Burkina (VBW) and Mauritania Airways (MAR) for full ground handling at Paris Orly airport.
Airstream International Group is re-marketing 4 A321-200s currently operated by (RAM). The airplanes are powered by (CFM56-5B3/P)s.
December 2009: Royal Air Maroc (RAM) (CEO) told "L'Economiste" that operating results are now worse than expected, with (RAM) operating at a loss during the past few months. He blamed the problems on capacity expansion by rivals, including newcomer Air Arabia Maroc (AAM). Ryanair (RYR), easyJet (EZY) and Jet4You (J4U) are providing competition as well. As for the prospect of privatization, he said the government owners may yet decide to sell a minority stake.
(RAM) will launch 2x-weekly, Agadir to Lyon service in February aboard an A321.
February 2010: Royal Air Maroc (RAM) will launch 2x-weekly, Casablanca to Warsaw service on March 30 aboard a 737-800.
April 2010: 2 737-8B6s (33070, CN-ROY; 33071, CN-ROZ), deliveries.
June 2010: As Morocco's flag carrier, Royal Air Maroc (RAM) operates scheduled international flights from Morocco to destinations in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North America. Domestic and charter flights, including Hadj flights, are undertaken.
(IATA) Code: AT - 147. (ICAO) Code: RAM (Callsign - ROYAL AIR MAROC).
Parent organization/shareholders: Moroccan government (95.39%); others (3.66%); Air France (AFA) (2.72%); & Iberia (IBE) (0.91%).
Owns: Air Senegal International (SNG) (51%); & Atlas Blue (BMM) (99.99%) - absorbed back into (RAM) in October 2009.
Alliances: Air France (AFA); Air Littoral; Air Mauritanie (MAR); Air Senegal International (SNG); Brussels Airlines (DAT)/(EBA); Delta Airlines (DAL); Egyptair (EGP); Emirates (EAD); Etihad Airways (EHD); Iberia Airlines (IBE); Regional Air Lines; Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA); & Turkish Airlines (THY).
Main Base: Casablanca Mohammed V International airport (CMN).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Agadir; Al Hoceima; Casablanca; Dakhla; Errachidia; Essaouira; Fez; Laayoune; Marrakech; Nador; Ouarzazate; Oujda; Rabat; & Tangier.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Abidjan; Algiers; Amsterdam; Bamako; Barcelona; Bologna; Bordeaux; Brussels; Cairo; Conakry; Dakar; Dusseldorf; Frankfurt; Geneva; Jeddah; Las Palmas; Libreville; Lisbon; London; Lyon; Madrid; Malaga; Marseilles; Milan; Montreal; Nantes; New York; Niamey; Nice; Nouakchott; Oran; Paris; Riyadh; Rome; Strasbourg; Toulouse; Tripoli; Tunis; & Zurich.
July 2010: Royal Air Maroc (RAM) and TUI Travel (TUG) signed a letter of intent stipulating that (RAM) will take a majority stake in Jet4You (J4U), (TUI) Travel (TUG)'s Moroccan low-cost/charter carrier.
(J4U) operates 175-seat 737-400s and 189-seat 737-800s on a network spanning seven Moroccan airports and 12 European cities, mainly in France but also including Barcelona, Geneva and Brussels South Charleroi. It has been 100%-owned by (TUI) (TUG) since 2008.
"The intention of any transaction is to build on the (J4U) market position as a low-cost hybrid carrier and its independent profile,” the 2 companies said in a joint statement, adding, “as and when any transaction is agreed a further statement will be issued.” According to Moroccan media, (RAM) would acquire two-thirds of the share capital of (J4U).
(RAM) noted that the agreement is “part of the contribution to the enhancement of tourist flows to Morocco, and it’s a good fit to the business strategy of the company that aims at providing more travel options to its customers.”
(J4U) was established in 2005 by a group of Moroccan private investors and (TUI) (TUG), holding respectively 60% and 40% of the share capital, as a competitor to Atlas Blue (BMM), (RAM)’s Low Cost Carrier (LCC). (RAM) integrated Atlas Blue (BMM) into its mainline operations last year but apparently sees the need to reestablish an independent (LCC).
The Moroccan government in December 2006 signed an "open skies" agreement with the European Union (EU), removing all capacity restrictions between the (EU) and Morocco and thus opening the market for unrestricted services to the country by European (LCC)s, including Ryanair (RYR) and easyJet (EZY). The Air Arabia (ABZ) Group also operates an (LCC) in Morocco, Air Arabia Maroc (AAM), which is based in Casablanca and launched operations in April 2009. It offers services to 11 European destinations. (J4U) has its main base at Casablanca as well.
Royal Air Maroc (RAM) will launch 3x-weekly, Casablanca to Moscow Sheremetyevo service on November 2 aboard a 737-800. Also launching the same date will be 2x-weekly, Casablanca to Yaounde flights that will return via Douala.
August 2011: 1st 2 ATR 72-600 deliveries. These ATR 72-600s of which the 1st airplane was on exhibit at the June 2011 Paris Air Show, are the 1st ones to be equipped with the new “Armonia” cabin, specially designed for ATR by the Italian company Giugiaro Design. It includes new seats that are both lighter and more comfortable, providing passengers with more room, as well as more spacious overhead compartments.
These are also the 1st ATR airplanes to be equipped with the new avionics suite developed by Thales (THL). The avionics feature a new glass cockpit with 5 screens and new communication, navigation and monitoring systems. It is also equipped with a new flight management system (FMS), automatic pilot, alert management and a new computer including new airplane maintenance functions, among other developments.
September 2011: Morocco's government has offered Royal Air Maroc (RAM) 1.6 billion dirhams/$193.3 million to shore up its finances hurt by growing competition, lower sales and higher fuel prices, "Reuters" reported.
The funds are part of a 9.3 billion dirham package to restructure (RAM) from 2011 - 2016 and reduce its workforce by -30% by 2013. The government is expected to proceed with the partial privatization of (RAM), with the sale of 30% of the shares to a foreign company.
(RAM) plans to raise about 1 billion dirhams from the sale of 4 A321s and 5 737-500s to reduce the average age of its fleet to 5 years, "Reuters" reported. It is unclear if (RAM) will continue to operate its single 747-400.
As part of (RAM)’s fleet renewal plan, it plans to take delivery of 2 out of 4 787s next year. It has at least 5 737-800s on order.
(RAM) is the launch customer for the new ATR 72-600. It took delivery of its 1st 2 ATR 72-600s in August, as part of an order placed at the Paris Air Show in June 2009 for 4 of the type and 2 ATR 42-600s.
(RAM)’s mainline fleet comprises 4 A321s, 1 ATR 72-600, 5 737-400s, 1 737-300, 6 737-500s, 6 737-700s, 23 737-800s, 1 747-400 and 5 767-300ERs.
(RAM) established a hub system in Casablanca, connecting Europe and North America with countries in Western Africa and the Maghreb region. (RAM) is under pressure from low-cost carriers (LCC)s that offer more direct services from Europe to Africa, bypassing Casablanca, as well the "open skies" agreement between Maroc and the European Union. (RAM) is evaluating whether to cut unprofitable routes that do not connect with its hub in Casablanca, the Maroc Daily "La Vie Eco" reported.
(RAM) has posted losses close to 80 million dirhams per month this year after political unrest in some Arab countries.
October 2011: As Morocco's flag carrier, Royal Air Maroc (RAM) operates scheduled international flights from Morocco to 83 destinations in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and North America. Domestic and charter flights, including Hadj flights, are undertaken.
Employees = 3,700
(IATA) Code: AT - 147. (ICAO) Code: RAM (Callsign - ROYAL AIR MAROC).
Parent organization/shareholders: Moroccan government (95.39%); others (3.66%); AirFrance (AFA) (2.72%); & Iberia (IBE) (0.91%).
Airline subsidiaries/shareholdings: Royal Air Maroc Express (100%); & Jet4You (J4U).
Alliances: AirFrance (AFA); Air Mauritanie (MAR); Air Senegal International (SNG); Atlas Blue (BMM); Brussels Airlines (DAT)/(EBA); Delta Airlines (DAL); Egyptair (EGP); Emirates Airline (EAD); Etihad Airways (EHD); Iberia (IBE); Saudi Arabian Airlines (SVA); & Turkish Airlines (THY).
Main Base: Casablanca Mohammed V International airport (CMN).
Domestic, Scheduled Destinations: Agadir; Al Hoceima; Casablanca; Dakhla; Errachidia; Essaouira; Fez; Laayoune; Marrakech; Nador; Ouarzazate; Oujda; Rabat; & Tangier.
International, Scheduled Destinations: Abidjan; Algiers; Amsterdam; Bamako; Barcelona; Bologna; Bordeaux; Brussels; Cairo; Conakry; Dakar; Dusseldorf; Frankfurt; Geneva; Jeddah; Las Palmas; Libreville; Lisbon; London; Lyon; Madrid; Malaga; Marseilles; Milan; Montreal; Nantes; New York; Niamey; Nice; Nouakchott; Oran; Paris; Riyadh; Rome; Strasbourg; Toulouse; Tripoli; Tunis; & Zurich.
737-86N (36829, CN-RGG), (GEF) leased.
December 2011: Royal Air Maroc (RAM) added Angola’s capital, Luanda (LAD) to its network on December 1. (RAM) now flies 2x-weekly from Casablanca (CMN) via Libreville (LBV) in Gabon (a route already served by (RAM)) onward to Luanda. Flights are operated with 162-seat 737-800 airplanes. This is the only service between North Africa and the Angolan capital.
April 2012: Royal Air Maroc (RAM) has made statements that it would be looking for a strategic airline partner also willing to make a financial investment in the state-owned carrier. While (RAM) has been expanding rapidly over the last couple of years, it has recently been hit with a decline in demand for leisure travel to Morocco and increasing competition from low-cost carriers (LCC)s.
(RAM) was forced to suspend operations to Bissau Oswaldo Vieira International (OXB) following a military coup in Guinea Bissau in the evening of April 12. The military has closed the country's airspace until further notice.
(RAM) has retired its remaining 4 737-400s leaving it with a short haul fleet of 6 737-700s and 27 737-800s.
May 2012: Royal Air Maroc (RAM) has agreed to wet-lease both A310-300s (495, CS-TEI) and (565, CS-TEX) from HiFly (LXA) for the high season this summer. The airplanes will operate for (RAM) between June 17 and September 8. 1 of the A310-300s will be based at Oujda Les Anglades (OUD) and operate from there to Brussels National Zaventem (BRU) and Paris Orly (ORY). The other 1 will be based at Nador Arwi (NDR) and operate from Nador to Amsterdam Schiphol (AMS), Brussels, Dusseldorf International (DUS) and Frankfurt International (FRA) and from Tangiers Boukhalef (TNG) to Amsterdam and Brussels.
July 2012: 2 ATR 72-600s (1034, CN-COH; 1035, CN-COG), ex-(F-WWES; & F-WWET) deliveries.
September 2012: Royal Air Maroc (RAM) has agreed with Boeing (TBC) to defer the deliveries of its 4 787-8s. (RAM) originally had held some of the earliest delivery positions.
(RAM) will receive its 1rst 787 in December 2014 and is likely to firm up an option. (RAM) has 4 787s on order, plus 1 option.
An (RAM) spokesman said the 2nd airplane will be delivered in March 2015. “The 3rd and the 4th will be delivered between March and April 2016,” the spokesman said. “The 5th, which is on option, is expected in May 2017.”
October 2012: Since Morocco adopted an ‘open-skies’ policy with the European Union (EU) in 2006, inbound tourism has boomed with the arrival of foreign low cost carrier (LCC)s such as easyJet (EZY) and Ryanair (RYR), and Air Arabia (ABZ)’s decision to set up a subsidiary, Air Arabia Maroc (AAM) in the country in 2009. The developments have also stimulated the national carrier, Royal Air Maroc (RAM), which for a while responded with its own in-house (LCC), Atlas Blue (BMM), which operated primarily out of Marrakech. Now comprising a fleet of around 50 airplanes ((RAM) recently became the launch customer for the ATR 72-600), (RAM) has virtually doubled annual passenger numbers between 2002 and 2011 and continues to be the biggest carrier in the Moroccan market.
SEE ATTACHED CHART - - "RAM-2012-10 - PASSENGER GROWTH."
Analysis of scheduled international services from Moroccan airports reveals that (RAM) is the dominant carrier at the country’s busiest airport in Casablanca, with 62% of international flights spread across over 50 destinations in Africa, Europe, the Middle East, and North America (it serves New York and Montreal). However, at Marrakech it only operates 1 in every 5 international flights and is beaten by Ryanair (RYR).
SEE ATTACHED CHART - - "RAM-2012-10 - MOROCCO AIRPORTS."
Overall, (RAM) operates >80 international routes which account for just <45% of all international flights from Moroccan airports, well ahead of its nearest rivals Ryanair (RYR) (which has recently announced plans to cut Moroccan services), Jetairfly (TUB) (which has now absorbed local carrier jet4you (J4U), Air Arabia Maroc (AAM), and easyJet (EZY).
In the domestic market, (RAM) remains completely dominant operating 11 routes. (RAM) operates at least daily flights from Casablanca to Agadir, Fez, Marrakech, Oujda, and Tangier, using a mixture of its ATR 72s and 737-800s.
(RAM) recently announced plans to return to several European airports next summer. Copenhagen, London Gatwick, and Stockholm services will all resume at the end of March 2013 with 3x-weekly flights from Casablanca. (RAM) has also announced an interline agreement with USA carrier jetBlue Airways (JBL) that will create additional flight options for travel between the Americas and Africa. (RAM) operates daily flights from Casablanca to New York (JFK) using 767-300ERs. This route is likely to be the 1st served by (RAM)’s 787s when they are eventually delivered. 2 787s in (RAM) colors have already left the production line, but it is not clear when they will actually join (RAM)’s fleet.
The interline agreement between (JBL) and (RAM) connects the 2 networks. Under the agreement, passengers can book single-ticket travel combining flights on both carriers with 1-stop baggage check-in at New York (JFK).
(RAM) could be partially privatized later this or early next year if the Moroccan government can find an interested buyer. Morocco's King Mohammed has proposed to sell 44% in (RAM) to a carrier based in the Middle East and is personally holding government level talks with Jordan, Kuwait, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) about potential interest by their respective national carriers Royal Jordanian (RJA), Kuwait Airways (KUW), Qatar Airways (QTA), Saudia (SVA), Emirates (EAD), and Etihad Airways (EHD) in an investment in (RAM). (RAM) has grown its network aggressively over the last couple of years to establish Casablanca Mohamed V International (CMN) as a transit hub between Africa and destinations in Europe and North America but is currently producing losses.
December 2012: Etihad Airways (EHD) expanded its code share with Royal Air Maroc (RAM) to include Conakry, the capital of the Republic of Guinea, on December 12. (EHD) operates the leg between Abu Dhabi and Casablanca, while (RAM) flies the onward segment to Conakry 2x-weekly.
January 2013: Aerostar has begun a "D01" airplane maintenance check on a Royal Air Maroc (RAM) 737-800 at Bacau.
March 2013: Royal Air Maroc (RAM) inaugurated flights from its Casablanca (CMN) base to Praia (RAI) in Cape Verde on March-7. 3x-weekly services are operated with variable equipment and routed via Bissau on the return leg.
Morocco, which has an ‘open-skies’ agreement with the European Union (EU), suffered its 1st fall in airport passenger numbers for a decade in 2012, with traffic down -3.6% to 15.1 million, as the political uncertainty and instability in neighboring countries appears to have had an impact on the number of visiting tourists.
SEE ATTACHED - - "RAM-2013-03 - MOROCCAN TRAFFIC LAST 7 YRS."
Among Morocco’s main airports, Nador was the only one to register a small increase in passenger numbers compared with 2011. Casablanca and Marrakech, which account for 70% of the country’s air passenger traffic, reported modest drops in demand of between -1% and -2%, while Fez (-17.4%) and Oujda (-11.9%) reported the biggest falls. Fez will benefit this summer from the opening of a 1 airplane base by Ryanair (RYR) with new routes to Lille, Nantes, Nimes and Saint Etienne beginning in late April. In addition, Vueling (VUZ) will be launching a Barcelona service from May 19. (RYR) will also be starting a 2 airplane base in Marrakech this summer.
SEE ATTACHED - - "RAM-2013-03 - TOP 8 MOROCCAN AIRPORTS."
Despite the presence of numerous low cost carriers (LCC)s in the Moroccan market, Royal Air Maroc (ram) still accounts for just under half of all scheduled seat capacity this summer, the same as last summer, helped naturally by being the dominant domestic carrier. Ryanair (RYR)’s market share has grown only slightly, although the (OAG) data does not yet appear to have captured all of (RYR)’s new Moroccan services starting in 2013.
SEE ATTACHED - - "RAM-TOP 12 AIRLINES AT MOROCCO."
The airline growing its market share the fastest is Vueling (VUZ). Last summer, (VUZ) operated just 1 route between Barcelona and Marrakech, but is adding 6 new routes this summer, +4 from Barcelona and 1 each from Bilbao and Paris Orly. It will face head-to-head competition with at least 2 other carriers on 4 of these routes. Only the Bilbao to Marrakech route will be uncontested.
April 2013: Royal Air Maroc (RAM) has re-commenced operations between its main operational hub in Casablanca (CMN), and Zurich (ZRH), following an 18-month hiatus on the route. Complementing the Moroccan flag carrier’s existing operations into Geneva, the 3x-weekly service is flown by its 737-700s 3x-weekly from April 19.
June 2013: 2 former Gulf Air (GUL) Embraer E190ARs (0372; & 0373) are being used by Royal Air Maroc (RAM) this summer in an in-service evaluation. (RAM) has been considering introducing a regional jet type to its operation for the last year and has signed a tentative deal with Dutch (ACMI) wet-lease provider, Denim Air (DNM) to fly the 2 airplanes on its behalf. (RAM) is considering ordering up to 10 of the type.
767-383ER (24318, CS-TLO), ex-(N318SR), EuroAtlantic (MAE) leased.
November 2013: Royal Air Maroc (RAM) grew its offering to the Canary Islands, as it launched services from its Casablanca (CMN) hub to Tenerife Norte (TFN) on October 29th. (RAM), which already operates a 3x-weekly schedule to Gran Canaria (as well as more frequent services to 4 further destinations in the Spanish mainland), now offers 3x-weekly flights to Tenerife Norte, which it operates using ATR 72-600s.
December 2013: Royal Air Maroc (RAM) grew its offering to the Spanish market on December 1st, as it launched a new route from its base at Marrakech (RAK) to Madrid (MAD). The 1,062 km city pair will be operated 2x-weekly (Thursdays and Sundays), utilizing (RAM)’s 183-seat 737-800s. Royal Air Maroc (RAM)’s 10th destination in Spain will directly compete with Ryanair (RYR)’s daily service and Iberia (IBE)’s 10x-weekly flights.
(RAM), which in the previous week grew its offering to the Spanish market, resumed 2 services, both operated from its main base at Casablanca (CMN). With the longest sector being the 7,390 km service to Sao Paulo Guarulhos (GRU) in Brazil, and the shortest being the 2,320 km route to Munich (MUC), the national airline of Morocco faces no direct competition on either of the 2 new services. The largest Brazilian city was last served 21 years ago, but on December 9th (RAM) restarted operations with 3x-weekly flights operated by its 236-seat 767-300s. (RAM)’s 5th service to Germany resumed on December 7th, and will be operated 2x-weekly (Tuesday and Saturday), utilizing a mixed fleet of 126-seat 737-700s and 171-seat 737-800s.
Royal Air Maroc ((IATA) Code: AT, based at Casablanca International) (RAM) has wet-leased an SSJ100-95 (95021, RA-89021), from Moskovia Airlines ((IATA) Code: 3R, based at Moscow Zhukovsky) (GAI) for the duration of winter. According to Skyliner Aviation, the airplane was ferried from Moscow Domodedovo to Casablanca International via Podgorica on December 19. Earlier this year, Royal Air Maroc (RAM) announced plans to evaluate various 100-seater airplanes, including the Bombardier (BMB) CS100, the Embraer (EMB) E190, and the Sukhoi Civil Aircraft Superjet SSJ100 prior to placing an order for between 12 and 15 of the jets later in 2014. (RAM) had wet-leased 2 Denim Air (DNM) E190s for the duration of Summer 2013.
Royal Air Maroc (RAM) currently operates 44 airplanes, to 49 countries, 89 destinations, on 155 routes and 160 daily flights.
January 2014: Swiss-AS and Royal Air Maroc (RAM) have signed an agreement to implement (AMOS). (RAM) is (AMOS)’s 1st North African customer, and go-live should take place 10 to 12 months after kick-off.
(ATR) and Royal Air Maroc (RAM) have signed a Global Maintenance Agreement for 4 ATR 72-600s. (ATR) will manage maintenance and repair for (LRU)s and propeller blades.
April 2014: Royal Air Maroc (RAM) has commenced flights between Marrakech (RAK) and Gibraltar (GIB). The new service, which began on April 17th, operates every Sunday and alternating Thursdays, using (RAM)’s new 70-seat ATR 72-600s. (RAM) becomes the only non-UK airline to currently serve Gibraltar. The service is operated as a charter service in association with "Your Flight," a Gibraltar-based company. Paul Lopez, Director of Your Flight, said: “We are confident that these new flights to Marrakech will be a success and an added boost for Gibraltar’s tourism product, trade and businesses.”
July 2014: Royal Air Maroc (RAM) launched its 9th route to Paris Orly (ORY) with the addition of 2x-weekly (Wednesdays and Sundays) operations from Nador (NDR) on July 20th. Currently, there is no direct competition on this routing, being served by the Moroccan flag carrier’s 159-seat 737-800s until September 3rd. (RAM) is already operating to Paris Orly from Agadir, Casablanca, Essaouira, Fez, Oujda, Marrakech, Rabat, and Tangier.
(RAM) expanded its Casablanca (CMN) European offering with the addition of 2 new routes, both of which are operated by its 114-seat 737-700s and 159-seat 737-800s. 1stly, on July 23rd, (RAM) reinstated operations on the 1,930 km sector to Paris (CDG), which will be served daily. This route, that was last served in December 2011, is already flown by AirFrance (AFA) (4x-daily flights), easyJet (EZY) (daily flights) and Mauritanian Airlines (MAR) (3x-weekly flights). Secondly, on July 26th, the national carrier of Morocco added 3x-weekly operations to Montpellier (MPL), a route already served by Air Arabia Maroc (AAM)’s 3x-weekly services.
(RAM) signed a lease agreement for 4 Embraer E-Jets with Aldus Aviation, the Irish specialist E-Jet lessor. The 1st E190 is expected to be delivered during the 2nd half of 2014. The airplanes are part of a fleet upgrade to open new routes and increase the number of short- and medium-haul frequencies from its Casablanca International Airport hub in Morocco. The E190s will be configured with 96 seats, 12C business class seats and 84Y economy class seats, in a dual-class layout. They will be deployed on European and West African routes from (RAM)’s base of Mohammed V International Airport in Casablanca, Morocco.
October 2014: Royal Air Maroc ((IATA) Code: AT, based at Casablanca International) (RAM) is weighing up its options apropos possible airline alliances, with a decision likely due early next year. Saida Najioullah, (RAM)’s VP Marketing, told the "Gulf News" in Dubai that joining an alliance would improve his airline's corporate offering and access to Asia.
Najioullah said (RAM) was yet to decide which alliance it could join of the big three major alliances, namely the Star (STM) Alliance, Oneworld (ONW) Alliance, and the Skyteam (STM) Alliance.
Using its Casablanca International hub, (RAM) offers extensive coverage of West and Central Africa, with comparable connectivity in Europe. However, according to Najioullah, (RAM) is now also considering flights to East Africa, with Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta a distinct possibility.
With the arrival of its 1st 787-8s due before year-end, the launch of flights to Tanzania and Kenya would allow Royal Air Maroc (RAM) to tap into the safari tourism market, as well as the African diaspora residents in the USA, ahead of Kenya Airways (KEN).
(RAM) currently operates 47 airplanes, to 48 countries, 90 destinations, on 154 routes and 185 daily flights.
November 2014: Royal Air Maroc (RAM) will issue a Request for Proposals (RFP) for a replacement for its last remaining 747-400 (25629, CN-RGA), scheduled to be removed from active service during the course of 2015. The 747, which at 1 point plied transatlantic routes, has now been reduced to a Hajj charter operator.
Airline Deputy (CEO), Habiba Laklalech told "Bloomberg" news that among the possible contenders being considered are the 747-8 and the A380-800. When not in use for Hajj operations, the chosen airplane would also double as a (VIP) transport for the Moroccan royal family, he added.
Royal Air Maroc (RAM)'s wide body operations currently entails 5 767-300ERs with 2 787-8s due to arrive in December and March 2015, respectively. (RAM) will also issue an (RFP) for single-aisle air planes in 2015, with the 737 MAX and A320neo expected to lead the pack. Once secured, the airplanes will replace (RAM)'s fleet of 6 737-700s and 31 737-800s.
December 2014: Royal Air Maroc (RAM) has introduced 4 new Embraer E190s into its fleet following a successful trial in 2013, marking a new airplane type for (RAM). (RAM) is preparing for the delivery of its 1st 787-8 Dreamliner.
January 2014: News Item A-1: Royal Air Maroc (RAM) has gone live with Swiss Aviation Software’s (AMOS) Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) software.
News Item A-2: Royal Air Maroc (RAM) took delivery of its 1st 787 at Boeing’s Everett delivery center December 31, arriving in Casablanca on January 5 after a 4,788 nautical miles nonstop flight.
(RAM) plans to use the 5 787s that it has on order, plus 1 option, to strengthen its long-haul network. “The 787 will provide Royal Air Maroc (RAM) the capability to grow its long-haul network and significantly reduce operating costs, all while offering its customers an unmatched on board experience,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes VP Sales, Africa, Latin America & the Caribbean Van Rex Gallard said.
Boeing (TBC) airplanes form the backbone of (RAM)’s 50-airplane fleet, including 737NGs, 767-300s, a 747-400, and now it 1st 787. Late last year, (RAM) also introduced its 1st Embraer E190.
In 2012, a (RAM) spokeswoman said the second 787 was scheduled for delivery in March 2015, followed by another 2 between March and April 2016. If the option is firmed, it would be delivered in May 2017.
According to Boeing (TBC), the 787 program has now accumulated 1,055 orders from 58 customers.
February 2015: Royal Air Maroc (RAM) will launch Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner service from Casablanca to New York (JFK) on February 22. It took delivery of the 787-8 in early January.
This is the 1st of 2 787s that will be used on transatlantic services between Morocco and the USA. (RAM) has 5 of the type on order, which will be used to strengthen its long-haul network.
(RAM) VP The Americas, Abdelhamid Khalil said (RAM) “has been waiting several years to modernize our fleet with this revolutionary airplane.”
Boeing (TBC) airplanes form the backbone of Royal Air Maroc (RAM)’s 50-airplane fleet, including 737NGs, 767-300s, a 747-400 and its 1st 787. Late last year, (RAM) also introduced its 1st Embraer E190.
April 2015: News Item A-1: Air France Industries (AFI) (KLM) (E&M) has been providing support for Air Madagascar (MAD)’s 2 Airbus A340-300s since September 2012, and (MAD) has renewed its Total Care agreement with the Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO). Also, Royal Air Maroc (RAM) has signed a Boeing 787 Component Support agreement with the (MRO), extending an earlier contract for component support of 30 737NGs.
May 2015: News Item A-1: Qatar Airways (QTA) has announced more new routes and has unveiled a “strategic joint business partnership” with Royal Air Maroc (RAM).
The partnership will see the 2 carriers team up on services between Qatar and Morocco, operating a total of 10 weekly flights between Casablanca and Doha between them. 3 of these will be operated by Royal Air Maroc (RAM), with (QTA) flying the remaining 7. Passengers will be able to use flights from both airlines and connect onward from both hubs. “The joint business with (RAM) is a major win for (QTA)’s passengers flying to Casablanca, and beyond to destinations in Africa,” (QTA) Group (CEO) Akbar Al Baker said.
“This agreement is a crucial phase in the history of (RAM), since it allows us to create a bridge between Asia and Africa,” (RAM) Chairman & (CEO), Driss Benhima said.
The (RAM) partnership was made public amid a flurry of new (QTA) route announcements. Within the Middle East, the Oneworld (ONW) Alliance carrier has launched a new shuttle service between Doha and Dubai, operating 14x-daily to Dubai International and 4x-daily to Dubai’s Al Maktoum International. (QTA) said the link is “1st of its kind” between the cities. From the beginning of October, (QTA) will also add a daily Airbus A320 link between Doha and Ras Al Khaimah, the northern-most Emirate of the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
(QTA) is adding 7 new international destinations this year: Amsterdam, Durban, Faisalabad, Multan, Ras Al Khaimah, Sialkot, and Zanzibar. The 5x-weekly Airbus A320 service to Zanzibar will go live on July 1, operating via Kilimanjaro, and 4x-weekly flights to Durban in South Africa will begin December 17.
3 new USA cities, Los Angeles, Boston, and Atlanta, will join (QTA)’s network in 2016. These 3 routes, announced on May 4, triggered immediate condemnation from Washington DC lobbying organization "Partnership for Open & Fair Skies" as the backlash against Gulf carrier expansion continues.
A day later, Al Baker met with European Union (EU) Transport Commissioner, Violeta Bulc in Brussels to discuss “aviation cross-border matters,” as well as (QTA)’s strategy and growth plans for “Europe and beyond.” This meeting followed recent upheaval among European airline lobby groups, with airberlin (BER), British Airways (BAB), and Iberia (IBE) canceling their membership of the Association of European Airlines (AEA). All 3 airlines are partly Gulf-owned.
(QTA) flies to 33 destinations in Europe, and serves 146 destinations worldwide.
News Item A-2: The (STTS) Group, European painting and sealing company, has opened the 1st purposely built paint hangar at Casablanca’s Airport, Mohammed 5th, Morocco. Royal Air Maroc (RAM) and the (STTS) have set up a joint venture (JV) to provide high-quality and cost-efficient paint services for A320s and 737s.
July 2015: A320-211 (0029, JY-JAC), ex-(N290SE), Jordan Aviation leased and A320-214 (3480, TS-INO), ex-(F-WWDK), Nouvelaire Tunisie leased.
September 2015: Royal Air Maroc ((IATA) Code: AT, based at Casablanca International) (RAM) is planning to enter the East African market with effect from Spring next year. The Moroccan national carrier will commence a 2x weekly, Casablanca International to Nairobi Jomo Kenyatta return service on March 29, 2016 using a 767-300ER.
The route will allow (RAM) to tap into the North American tourist market offering a 1-stop connection to Kenya via its Casablanca hub. At present, (RAM) serves Montréal Trudeau and New York (JFK) with code share partner jetBlue Airways (JBL) providing it feeder traffic at the latter. Currently (RAM)'s sub-Saharan Africa network is largely focused on West Africa with growing connectivity in Central Africa with destinations such as Pointe Noire, Brazzaville, Luanda, Kinshasa N'Djili, and Bangui.
Royal Air Maroc (RAM) currently operates 55 airplanes to 50 countries, to 95 destinations on 173 routes and 186 daily flights.
November 2015: News Item A-1: (GE) Aviation (GEC) was selected by Royal Air Maroc (RAM) for a 5-year exclusive OnPointSM solution agreement for the time and material to maintain, repair and overhaul its (CF6-80C2) engines that power its 4 Boeing 767 airplanes. Also, (GE) Aviation (GEC) opened its Middle East Aviation Technology Center to support customers’ operations by leveraging data analytics, domain experience and software capabilities to increase productivity, maximize performance and minimize down time for customers using (GE)’s platform for the Industrial Internet.
February 2016: Royal Air Maroc (RAM) will begin 5th Freedom flights in West Africa later next month with the launch of a 3x-weekly, Accra to Monrovia Roberts to Freetown return service. Operations commence from March 15 and are on-board a 737-700 based out of the Ghanaian capital, Accra.
Ghana has offered 5th Freedom traffic rights to several carriers operating into and out of Accra including:
* Kenya Airways (KEN): which serves Monrovia and Freetown;
* South African Airways (SAA) which offers flights to Abidjan as well as to Washington Dulles;
* (TAP) Air Portugal, which serves São Tome;
* ASKY Airlines (AKY), (MEA) - Middle East Airlines, Emirates (EAD), EgyptAir (EGP), and Air Burkina (VBW) which all serve Abidjan;
- Air Côte d'Ivoire (VRE), which serves Cotonou.
June 2016: News Item A-1: Qatar Airways Group (CEO) Akbar Al Bakar has confirmed his interest in a strategic joint business partnership in Africa’s Royal Air Maroc (RAM), which was unveiled in May 2015. The national carrier of Morocco offers huge potential to create a hub in Africa, according to Al Baker. “North Africa has no hub. We would not only invest in the airline, but also develop the Casablanca airport [Mohammed V International Airport],” Al Baker said.
August 2016: 787-8 (35509, CN-RGT), delivery from Charleston, #134.
April 2017: See video:
June 2017: 737-85P (33982, CN-RGV), ex-(N280EA), Air Lease Corporation (ALE) leased.
See video : Royal Air Maroc 787 Flight Casablanca to New York:
July 2017: Royal Air Maroc (RAM) has told passengers they can once again bring personal electronic devices (PEDs) larger than mobile phones into the cabin on USA-bound flights.
On July 12, (RAM )said the ban—imposed by USA authorities on flights from Morocco to the USA on March 25, was to be lifted effective July 13. “Our top priority is on the safety of our passengers, as well as their comfort, on board our airplanes. We hope that this news is welcomed by our passengers flying to the USA,” (RAM) President Abdelhamid Addou said.
During the period of the ban, (RAM) passengers had to check all (PED)s into the hold, apart from mobile phones and medical devices.
In March, the USA imposed the (PED) ban on direct flights originating at 10 airports in 8 countries: Egypt, Morocco, Jordan, the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Qatar and Turkey, citing unspecified terrorism concerns.
Each of these has been working to meet new USA security requirements so the bans could be lifted.
The UK, the only other country to impose a similar electronics ban from certain countries to the UK, has yet to lift the restrictions or indicate that it will change course.
October 2017: 747-428 (CYUL):
December 2017: Royal Air Maroc (RAM) Morroco's flag carrier has expanded its 787 fleet to enable growth in international routes. (RAH) announced orders for 4 787-9 Dreamliners (valued at $1.1 billion at list prices). (RAM) had already taken delivery of 5 787-8s flying from Casablanca to serve > 80 destinations across Africa, North America, South America, the Middle East and Europe. Abdelhamid Addou, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) said (RAM) is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year and its fleet consists of >56 Boeing airplanes including 737s, 767-300ERs, 787s and a 747-400.
Boeing (TBC) is also a longstanding partner to Morocco, supporting the country's development of its aerospace industry and workforce. (TBC) and Safran are joint venture partners in Morocco Aer-Technical Interconnect Systems (MATIS) Aerospace in Casablanca, which is a high quality supplier that employs >1,000 workers building wire bundles and wire harnesses for (TBC) and other aerospace companies.
June 2018: News Item A-1: "Royal Air Maroc adds Boeing 767-300BCF; Enters Alitalia Code Share" by Kurt Hofmann (ATWOnline), June 1, 2018.
(RAM) Cargo, the air freight entity within Royal Air Maroc (RAM), has added a Boeing 767-300BCF to its fleet, bringing in an additional 45 tons of capacity with the converted freighter. The airplane began operations in May 2018.
(RAM)'s all cargo program serves 9 destinations from its Casablanca hub: Brussels, Belgium; Frankfurt, Germany; Algiers, Algeria; Nouakchott, Mauritania; Accra, Ghana; Lagos, Nigeria; Abidjan, Cote d´Ivoire; Lome, Togo; and Bamako, Mali.
News Item A-2: See video of First Officer Khadiya flying 747-400 (CN-RGA) Casablanca to Montreal.
August 2018: "Royal Air Maroc, Pilot Union Reach Agreement to End Dispute" by Kurt Hofmann (email@example.com), August 20, 2018.
Royal Air Maroc (RAM) reportedly reached an agreement with the National Trade Union of Moroccan Pilots (AMPL) on August 14, ending a 4-week dispute that caused 150 flight delays and cancellations during the peak holiday season.
According to the daily Morocco "World News," the pilots union (which began strike action July 18) had asked for better working conditions and a salary increase of MAD15,000/$1,573 per month.
According to the "Maghreb Post," the union said there was no strike, but pilots (FC) avoided working extra hours, which created delays and cancellations.
It is unclear if (RAM) decided to increase pilot (FC) salaries. (RAM) said the agreement is “reinstating a climate of confidence.”
Both parties said in the August 14 joint statement that “(RAM) and (AMPL) welcome the conclusion of this agreement, which emanates from their awareness of the major economic and social issues of the country and the essential role of tourism,” they stated. “The agreement also reflects the awareness of both parties of the importance of the pilots’ professional corps, the imperative need to maintain optimal working conditions in relation to their particular professional environment,” according to the statement, which did not give further details of the negotiations.
It is understood that many (RAM) pilots (FC) have left the company in the past years to accept better pay offers from large Gulf carriers, leaving the Moroccan flag carrier understaffed.
The conflict appears to have been resolved right before the end of August, the most profitable summer month, when the airline transports Morocco’s 32,000 Hajj pilgrims back from Mecca, Saudi Arabia.
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0 737-2B6 (JT8D-15 HK) (449-21214, /76 CN-RMI "EL AYOUNNE;" 452-21215, /76 CN-RMJ "OUJDA;" 456-21216, /76 CN-RMK "SMARA;" 851-22767, /82 CN-RML), 2 LEASED TO (TCN) 1998-09 21216; & 22767; WET-LEASED TO (SNG) 2001-04. ALL RETIRED. 125Y.
0 737-2B6C (JT8D-15A HK) (951-23049, /83 CN-RMM; 975-23050, /83 CN-RMN), 23049; 23050; SOLD TO (NRL) 2007-11. 127Y, OR FREIGHTER.
0 737-3M8SF (CFM56-3B2) (1614-24020, /88 CN-ROX), (GEF) LEASED 2009-06. RETURNED. FREIGHTER.
0 737-4B6 (CFM56-3C1) (1880-24807, /90 CN-RMF; 1888-24808, /90 CN-RMG; 2219-26256, /92 CN-RMX; 2453-26531, /93 CN-RNA; 2584-26529, /94 CN-RMC; 2588-26530 /94 CN-RMD; 2733-27678, /95 CN-RMF), 27678 W/O 2003-03. 24807 WET-LEASED TO ATLAS BLUE (BMM) 2004-08. 24808; 26529; 26530; 26531 TRANSFERRED FROM ATLAS BLUE (BMM) 2004-10. ALL RETIRED BY 2012-04. 168Y.
0 737-5B6 (CFM56-3C1) (2157-25317, /91 CN-RMV; 2166-25364, /91 CN-RMW; 2209-26525, /92 CN-RMY; 2472-26527, /93 CN-RNB; 2734-27679, /95 CN-RNG; 2855-27680, /97 CN-RNH). ALL RETIRED. 16F, 93Y.
0 737-505 (CFM56-3) (1917-24652), (TCI) LEASED; RETURNED, LEASED TO (ARG) 2007-08.
6 737-7B6 (CFM56-7B24) (236-28982, /99 CN-RNL; 294-28984, /99 CN-RNM (SEE PHOTO); 501-28985, 2000-04 CN-RNQ; 519-28986, 2000-04 CN-RNR; 1261-28988, /02 CN-RNV; 1883-33062, /06 CN-ROD). WITH WINGLETS. 16C, 102Y.
26 737-8B6 (CFM56-7B26) (55-28980, /98 CN-RNJ; 60-28981, /98 CN-RNK; 492-28983, /00 CN-RNP; 1095-28987, /02 CN-RNU; 1347-33057, /03 CN-RNW; 1432-33058, /04 CN-RNZ; 1457-33059, /04 CN-ROA; 1646-33060, /05 CN-ROB; 1661-33061, /05 CN-ROC; 1883-33062, /06 CN-ROD; 1913-33063, /06 CN-ROE; 2180-33064, /07 CN-ROK; 2206-33065, /07 CN-ROL; 2506-33066, /07 CN-ROM; 2506-33067, /08 CN-ROP; 2883-33068, CN-ROT, 2009-04; 2911-33069, CN-ROU, 2009-05; 2773-37718, CN-ROS, 2008-12; 3233-33070, CN-ROY, 2010-04; 3258-33071, CN-ROZ, 2010-04). 24C, 129Y.
2 737-800 (CFM56-7B26), (GEF) LEASED. 24C, 129Y.
2 737-85P's (CFM56-7B26) (1957-33978, /06 CN-ROH; 1963-33979, /06 CN-ROJ), 2006-06. 33979; FOR (BBM) OPERATIONS. 24C. 129Y.
1 737-85P (CFM56-7B26) (33982, CN-RGV "60 YEARS" LIVERY), EX-(N280EA), (ALE) LEASED 2017-06. 24C, 129Y.
0 737-86N (CFM56-7B26) (258-28592, /99 CN-RNN; 285-28595, /99 CN-RNO), (GEF) LEASED. 28595 RETURNED, LEASED TO (TSF) 2003-04. 24C, 129Y; OR 189Y.
1 737-86N (CFM56-7B26) (36829, CN-RGG), (GEF) LEASED 2011-10.
0 747-2B6B (SCD) (JT9D-7F) (338-21615, /78 CN-RME), WET-LEASED TO (GAB) 1999-12, RETIRED. 12F, 24C, 401Y.
0 747-200, (COR) LEASED 1999-12, RETURNED.
0 747SP (JT9D-7), RETIRED.
0 747-281B (CF6-50E2) (649-23502, /86 SX-TID), HELLENIC IMPERIAL WET-LEASED 2007-07. RETURNED. 18C, 436Y.
1 747-428B (CF6-80C2B1F) (956-25629, /93 CN-RGA), EX-(AFA), TECH SUPPORT BY (AFA). USED FOR HAJJ OPERATIONS ONLY. TO BE REMOVED FROM ACTIVE SERVICE IN 2015. 16F, 38C, 393Y.
1 757-2B6 (PW2037) (103-23686, /86 CN-RMT; 106-23687, /86 CN-RMZ), CHEMCO EQUIPMEJNT FINANCE LEASED 1986-08, NOT (ETOPS) EQUIPPED. 23686 RETURNED. 20F, 159Y.
2 767-36NER (CF6-80C2B7F) (863-30115, /02 CN-RML; 867-30843, /02 CN-RNS), (GEF) 7 YEAR LEASED. 10F, 18C, 196Y.
0 767-328ER (CF6-80CB6F) (531-27212, /94 CN-ROJ), EX-(AAR), BOUGHT FROM (SNR) 2006-01. TO (ABX) FOR CONVERSION TO FREIGHTER. 10F, 18C, 196Y.
1 767-343ERF (CF6-80C2B6F) (743-30008, /99 CN-ROW), AIRCRAFT LEASING LEASED 2009-07. CONVERTED TO CARGO 2018-03. FREIGHTER.
1 767-383ER (CF6-80C2B6F) (24318, CS-TLO), (MAE) LEASED 2013-06.
1 767-300BCF (CF6-80C2B6F), CODE SHARE WITH ALITALIA (ALI) 2018-06. FREIGHTER.
1 +4/1 ORDERS 787-8B6 DREAMLINER (GEnx-1B64) (35509, CN-RGT, 2016-08; 248-43817 CN-RGB, 2015-04), 270 PAX.
2 A310-304 (CF6-80C2A2) (495, /89 CS-TEI; 565, /91 CS-TEX), (LXA) WET-LEASED 2012-05. 18C, 176Y.
1 A320-211 (CFM56-5A1) (0029, JY-JAC), EX-(N290SE), JORDAN AVIATION (JOR) LEASED 2015-07. 156Y.
1 A320-214 (CFM56-7B/2P) (3480, /08 TS-INO), EX-(F-WWDK), NOUVELAIRE TUNISIE (NOU) LEASED 2015-07. 177Y.
0 A321-200, (EGP) LEASED. RETURNED.
4 A321-211 (CFM56-5B3/P) (2064, /03 CN-RNX; 2076, /03 CN-RNY; 2726, /06 CN-ROF; 3070, /07 CN-ROM). 2726; LEASED TO (BMM) 2006-03. 2076; LEASED TO (BMM) 2008-07. 213Y.
0 ATR42-300 (PW120) (134, /89 CN-CDU; 137, /89 CN-CDV). 134 & 137 SOLD TO REGIONAL 2004-07. 46Y.
4 ATR42-600 (PW124B) (0441, /95 CN-COA; 0444 /95 CN-COB; 0470, /96 CN-COC; 0483, /97 CN-COD), FOR (RAM) EXPRESS OPERATIONS 2009-08. 66Y.
1 ATR72-600 (-212A) (958, 2011-08), FOR (RAM) EXPRESS OPERATIONS. 12C; 58Y.
2 +4 ORDERS ATR72-600 (-212A) (1034, CN-COH; 1035, CN-COG), EX-(F-WWES & F-WWET) 2012-07. 12C, 58Y.
4 EMBRAER E190 (CF34-10E6), 12C, 84Y.
4 EMBRAER E190AR (CF34-10E6) (CN-RGP, 2017-08; 0372, /10; 0373, /10; 0383, PH-DNB), EX-(GUL), EX-(A9C-MC & A9C-MD), DENIM AIR (DNM) WET-LEASED 2013-06. 12C, 84Y.
2 RAYTHEON BEECH KING AIR 200 (PT6A-41) (BB-577, /79 CN-CDF; BB-713, /80 CN-CDN), TRAINER/(VIP). 6C.
1 SUKHOI SSJ100-95 (95021, RA-89021), MOSKOVIA AIRLINES (GAI) WET-LEASED 2013-12.
DRISS BENHIMA, CHAIRMAN & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO).
ABDELHAMID ADDOU, PRESIDENT.
MS HABIBA LAKLALECH, DEPUTY (CEO).
HASSAN AMRI, VP FINANCE.
HAMID EL ANDALOUSSI, DIRECTOR GENERAL STRATEGIC & INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS.
MOHAMED GHAMMARTE, VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
CAPTAIN L ESSAIDI, VP FLIGHT OPERATIONS QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) (CASNQAT).
CAPTAIN M SAIDI, DEPUTY VP FLIGHT TRAINING.
CAPTAIN JAMAL LOUZI, FLIGHT OPERATIONS SAFETY MANAGER.
SAIDA NAJIOULLAH, VP MARKETING.
MOHAMMED BELLATIG, VP AERO INDUSTRIAL CENTER (CMNDTAT) (1999-10),
FARID SENHAJI, VP AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE (2002-10).
L ESSAIDI, VP QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA) (1999-12) (CASNQAT).
MRS BOUCHRA KHOUJAHI, VP INFORMATION SYSTEMS.
MRS TAHRI JOUTEI, VP FREIGHT OPERATIONS.
MOHAMED DIANE, DEPUTY VP INSPECTION & QUALITY ASSURANCE (QA).
KHALID BENDAHOU, DEPUTY VP ENGINEERING & COMMERCIAL MARKETING (2001-05), (CMNTQAT) (firstname.lastname@example.org).
EL KANABI, VP EUROPE.
YOUSSEF JROUNDI, GENERAL MANAGER AEROTECHNIC INDUSTRIES (2006-01).
MOHAMMED EL YAALAQUI, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS.
RAFIK ELMILI, DIRECTOR TECHNICAL.
AHMED AMMOR, DIRECTOR FINANCIAL.
MUSTAPHA BENKIRANE, DIRECTOR COMMERCIAL.
HASSAN HIHI, DIRECTOR MARKETING.
MUSTAPHA EL OUAHIDI, DIRECTOR AIR TRANSPORT INSTITUTE.
MOHAMED SAIDI, DIRECTOR CONSULTING & TRAINING DEPARTMENT.
ABDELRAHMAN KAIS, SENIOR MANAGER SYSTEMS ENGINEERING.
ABDELLAH CHTIOUI, SENIOR MANAGER POWERPLANT ENGINEERING.
MOHAMED MABROUR, SENIOR MANAGER DATA BASE ENGINEERING.
ABDELOUAHED AMAN, MANAGER STRUCTURES ENGINEERING.
ADIL MESSEOUDI, MANAGER AVIONICS & ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING.
AHMED LAHKIM, MANAGER INTERIOR ENGINEERING.