Royal Air Maroc, the national carrier of Morocco, has decided to introduce the E190 as part of a fleet upgrade to open new routes and to increase the number of short and medium-haul frequencies from its Casablanca International Airport hub. The airline has signed a lease agreement for four E-Jets with Aldus Aviation, the Irish specialist E-Jet lessor. The first E190 is expected to be delivered during the second half of 2014
The news was reported on News Travel Daily, who quote John Slattery, Chief Commercial Officer, Embraer Commercial Aviation. "Morocco's geographical strategic position offers excellent potential for developing air links with Europe and Africa. With the E190, Royal Air Maroc will have the capability and flexibility to further develop its network with an ideal combination of frequency and seat capacity," he said "We welcome Royal Air Maroc to our family of E190 operators, all of whom have seen the potential of this proven and efficient platform to bolster their networks and complement their narrowbody jet operations."
The Embraer E-Jet family is a series of narrow-body medium-range twin-engine jet airliners produced by Brazilian aerospace conglomerate Embraer. Launched at the Paris Air Show in 1999, and entering production in 2002, the aircraft series has been a commercial success. The aircraft is used by both mainline and regional airlines around the world. Royal Air Maroc's E190s will be configured with 96 seats, 12 business class seats and 84 economy class seats, in a dual class layout and will be deployed on European and West African routes from the national carrier's base of Mohammed V International Airport, Casablanca, Morocco.
Royal Air Maroc's aircraft will join a fleet of approximately 70 E-Jets already in operation within Africa and the Middle East with Egyptair Express, Kenya Airways, LAM Mozambique, Oman Air, Petro Air, Royal Jordanian, Royal Omani Police, Saudi Arabia Airlines, and Saudi Aramco.
"While testing the aircraft on wet lease during the summer 2013 we became convinced that the E190's reliability and low operating costs will help Royal Air Maroc open new routes and increase frequencies to Europe and African cities," said Mr. Driss Benhima, CEO of Royal Air Maroc. "The aircraft perfectly matches our needs in terms of size and range without any compromise on comfort or baggage capacity."
"We are delighted to welcome Royal Air Maroc as a new client," said Mr. Phil Bolger, Chairman of Aldus. "These are four aircraft from our 20 E-Jets order and we're looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship with this flagship African carrier."
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Morocco World News reports on a big win for Royal Air Maroc when it was awarded Africa’s best regional airline for 2014 by Skytrax at the World Air Line Awards in Farnborough on Tuesday.
Royal Airlines Morocco landed in sixth place for the quality of the services provided by its staff. It also ranked 7th best airlines in Africa after South Africa Airways, Air Mauritius, Air Seychelles, Ethiopian Airlines, Kenya Airways and TAAG Angola Airlines.
With this ranking RAM has risen from a 2 star ranking to 3 stars on the Skytrax index.
“Having been awarded Africa’s best regional airline by Skytrax, is a deep tribute to RAM’s staff in order to improve their performance and raise the quality of services to reach the level of the top airline companies in the world, “ said the president of Royal Airlines Morocco, Driss Benhima in a press release.
“We shall be satisfied only when we reach 4 stars in the prestigious ranking of Skytrax”, he added
RAM gained this prestigious award thanks to the votes of passengers. Over a period of 10 months, the Skytrax World Airline Awards interviewed thousands of passengers in more than 160 countries including professional and private travelers.