Royal Air Maroc is to join the oneworld airline alliance.
The carrier’s election as a oneworld member designate was announced last week in New York as the chief executives of the alliance’s 13 current member airlines gathered for their year-end Governing Board meeting, just weeks before the alliance celebrates the 20th anniversary of its launch in February 1999.
Royal Air Maroc is expected to join oneworld in mid-2020, with its regional subsidiary Royal Air Maroc Express joining as a oneworld affiliate member at the same time.
Royal Air Maroc will be oneworld’s first full member from Africa and the alliance’s first new full member airline for six years.
Royal Air Maroc’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, the alliance said.
Alan Joyce, Group CEO of Qantas and oneworld Governing Board Chairman, said: “We’re pleased to welcome Royal Air Maroc to oneworld. Africa is the last major region where oneworld does not have a full member airline and has one of the fastest predicted air travel growth rates over the next few decades. Royal Air Maroc will deliver greater value for more customers worldwide as we expand our alliance network to a new region.”
Rob Gurney, oneworld CEO, said: “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 number one financial centre.”
Royal Air Maroc CEO Abdelhamid Addou said: “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 Africa.”