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Royal Air Maroc
IATA
AT
ICAO
RAM
Callsign
ROYALAIR MAROC
Founded 1957
Hubs Mohammed V International Airport (CMN), Casablanca
Focus cities Ménara International Airport
Frequent flyer program Safar Flyer
Member lounge Casablanca Lounge
Fleet size 41
Destinations 58
Parent company Groupe Royal Air Maroc
Headquarters Casablanca, Morocco
Key people Driss Benhima (CEO since February 2006)
Website: http://www.royalairmaroc.com/

Royal Air Maroc (commonly called RAM) is the national airline of Morocco, based in Casablanca, the airline is the fourth-largest in Africa (behind South African Airways and Egyptair, Air Algerie). It operates scheduled international flights from Morocco to Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and South America. A domestic and charter network, (including Hajj flights), is also operated. Its base is Mohammed V International Airport (CMN), Casablanca. IATA airline designators, sometimes called IATA reservation codes, are two-character codes assigned by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) to the worlds airlines in accordance with the provisions of Resolution 762. ... It has been suggested that this article or section be merged with ICAO airline code. ... Most airlines employ a distinctive and internationally recognised call sign that is normally spoken during airband radio transmissions as a prefix to the flight number. ... An airline hub is an airport that an airline uses as a transfer point to get passengers to their intended destination. ... Mohammed V International Airport (IATA: CMN, ICAO: GMMN) (Arabic: مطار محمد الخامس الدولي; transliterated: Matar Muhammad al-Khamis ad-Dowaly) is an airport in Casablanca, Morocco. ... In the airline industry, a focus city is a location that is not a hub, but from which the airline has flights to at least several destinations other than its hubs. ... Menara International Airport (Arabic: ) (IATA: RAK, ICAO: GMMX) in Marrakech, Morocco, is a small international facility that receives some European flights as well as flights from Casablanca and some of the Arab world nations. ... Membership cards of FFP This article is about airline frequent flyer programs. ... The lounge at ZRH, Switzerland An airport lounge is a lounge owned by a particular airline (or jointly operated by several carriers). ... A holding company is a company that owns enough voting stock in another firm to control management and operations by influencing or electing its board of directors. ... For other uses, see Casablanca (disambiguation). ... Driss Benhima (Arabic: إدريس بنهيمة) is the Chairman of the Board and CEO of Royal Air Maroc, the national airline of Morocco. ... Chief Executive Officer (CEO) is the job of having the ultimate executive responsibility or authority within an organization or corporation. ... An Airbus A380 of Emirates Airline An airline provides air transport services for passengers or freight. ... For other uses, see Casablanca (disambiguation). ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... South African Airways (SAA) is South Africas largest domestic and international airline company, with hubs in Cape Town and Johannesburg. ... EgyptAir Airlines Company, operating as EgyptAir (Arabic: مصر للطيران, Misr Lel-Tayaran) is the Cairo-based national airline of Egypt. ... Categories: Airlines of Algeria | Airline stubs ... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... World map showing the location of Asia. ... World map showing the location of Europe. ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... South America South America is a continent crossed by the equator, with most of its area in the Southern Hemisphere. ... A supplicating pilgrim at Masjid Al Haram The Hajj (Arabic: , transliteration: ) is the Pilgrimage to Mecca in Islam. ... Mohammed V International Airport (IATA: CMN, ICAO: GMMN) (Arabic: مطار محمد الخامس الدولي; transliterated: Matar Muhammad al-Khamis ad-Dowaly) is an airport in Casablanca, Morocco. ...

Contents

History

First days

The company was founded in 1953 as Compagnie Cherifienne des Transports Aeriens (CCTA). Junkers Ju-52 tri-engine aircraft started local services but these aircraft were soon replaced by DC-3s and Lockheed Constellations. The name Royal Air Maroc was adopted after independence and the company began flying international routes in 1957 from its main base in Casablanca. Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Casablanca (disambiguation). ...

Royal Air Maroc Boeing 737-700
Royal Air Maroc Boeing 737-700

Image File history File links Royal Air Maroc Boeing 737-700 (CN-RNV) landing at London (Heathrow) Airport in 2002 . ... Image File history File links Royal Air Maroc Boeing 737-700 (CN-RNV) landing at London (Heathrow) Airport in 2002 . ... The Boeing 737 is the worlds most popular short to medium range, single aisle, narrow body airliner. ...

The jet age

In 1960 RAM introduced its first jets: Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelles. These flew to European routes such as Paris and Madrid until the mid 1970s when they began to be phased out in favor of Boeing 727s. Simultaneously, Boeing 707s were being introduced for longer or higher capacity routes and Original Series 737s for smaller routes. By the end of the 1970s, Royal Air Maroc was flying to Europe, North America, the Middle East, and finally North Africa. Year 1960 (MCMLX) was a leap year starting on Friday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ... The Boeing 727 is a mid-size, single-aisle (narrow-body) commercial jet airliner. ... The Boeing 707 is an American four-engine commercial passenger jet airliner developed by Boeing in the early 1950s. ... World map showing the location of Europe. ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... A map showing countries commonly considered to be part of the Middle East The Middle East is a region comprising the lands around the southern and eastern parts of the Mediterranean Sea, a territory that extends from the eastern Mediterranean Sea to the Persian Gulf. ... North Africa is the Mediterranean, northernmost region of the African continent, separated by the Sahara from Sub-Saharan Africa. ...


The 1980s

RAM continued to expand in the 1980s. New routes were opened and routes expanded, frequencies were increased and new aircraft were introduced to modernize the fleet. Boeing 757s were purchased in 1986 and eventually replaced the oldest 727s. The expansion of the Casablanca Mohammed V airport in 1984 provided the company with a more modern base. Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... The Boeing 757 is an American short to medium range commercial passenger aircraft manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. ... Year 1986 (MCMLXXXVI) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link displays 1986 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1984 (MCMLXXXIV) was a leap year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1984 Gregorian calendar). ...


The 1990s

In the early days of the decade, the last of the 707s was removed from the fleet. Meanwhile, newer more efficient Classic 400 and 500 Series Boeing 737s were introduced to increase the frequency of European routes. By the middle of the decade all 727s had disappeared. In order to consolidate its North American operations, Royal Air Maroc purchased a single 747-400. As the decade progressed, new routes to previously under-served African airports were opened. Virgin Atlantic Airways Boeing 747-400 Tinker Belle taxiing to the take off point at London Heathrow Airport The Boeing 747-400 is at present the only model of the Boeing 747 in production and will remain the largest commercial airliner in service until the introduction of the Airbus A380. ...


2000-present

Royal Air Maroc Boeing 757.
Royal Air Maroc Boeing 757.

With the increasing number of passengers and newly opened routes as well as increasing oil prices, there was a need to buy new aircraft. In 2000 an order for 20 Next Generation Boeing 737 aircraft and 4 Airbus A321s was placed. Meanwhile more routes to West and Central African cities were opened. It operates code-share flights with Delta Air Lines. Royal Air Maroc Boeing 757-200 (CN-RMT) landing at London (Heathrow) Airport. ... Royal Air Maroc Boeing 757-200 (CN-RMT) landing at London (Heathrow) Airport. ... The Boeing 757 is an American short to medium range commercial passenger aircraft manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. ... 2000 (MM) was a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Airbus A320 is a short to medium range commercial passenger aircraft manufactured by Airbus. ... Delta Air Lines, Inc. ...


The business plan of RAM was now changing, from providing flights to meet the demands of foreign tourists and Moroccan expatriates, to providing connections between European cities and African cities via the Casablanca hub. In 2002, the company leased 2 767s to replace the single 747 in North American routes and in 2004, the low-cost subsidiary, Atlas Blue, was set up with its main base in Marrakesh. 6 Boeing 737-400 were transferred to it with the aim of providing tourists with a direct route to Moroccan resort towns. In 2005, the company ordered 4 Boeing 787s to replace the leased 767s and expand North American, Middle Eastern, and African routes. It was announced in early 2006 that RAM and Atlas Blue had transported a record-breaking 4 million passengers in the previous fiscal year. Also see: 2002 (number). ... North America North America is a continent[1] in the Earths northern hemisphere and (chiefly) western hemisphere. ... Year 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Atlas Blue is a low-cost airline based in Marrakech, Morocco. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays full 2006 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


The future

In late 2005 an Open-Sky agreement was signed between Morocco and the EU. This means that Royal Air Maroc will have to face tough competition from low cost carriers eager to exploit profitable routes between Western Europe and Morocco. A further challenge arises from the high cost of kerosene and the fact that the company may have to drop some of its unprofitable domestic and international routes. The construction of a second terminal at the Mohammed V airport will provide RAM with more growth opportunities. Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Stakes and ownership

The Moroccan government owns 95.95% of the airline and Air France 2.86%. The government intends to partially privatise the airline through the sale of a 25% holding. Royal Air Maroc has 5,719 employees. Royal Air Maroc has a 99% holding in Atlas Blue, 51% in Air Senegal International and 51% in Air Gabon International . Air France (Compagnie Nationale Air France) is an airline based in Paris, France, a subsidiary of Air France-KLM Group and is the international flag carrier of France. ... Privatization (sometimes privatisation, denationalization, or — especially in India — disinvestment) is the process of transferring property, from public ownership to private ownership. ... Atlas Blue is a low-cost airline based in Marrakech, Morocco. ... Air Senegal International is an airline based in Dakar in Senegal. ... Air Gabon International is an airline based in Libreville, Gabon. ...


Destinations

This is a list of airports Royal Air Maroc flies. ...

Codeshare agreements

Royal Air Maroc has codeshare agreements with the following airlines:

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Fleet

Royal Air Maroc operates the following fleet as at May 2007:[1]

Royal Air Maroc B737-800
Royal Air Maroc B737-800
Royal Air Maroc Fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers
(Premium/Executive)
Routes Notes
ATR 72-300 2 Medium haul routes
Airbus A321-200 2 188 / 206 Medium haul routes
Boeing 737-200 2 Medium haul routes Cargo
Boeing 737-400 6 147 / 168 Medium haul routes
Boeing 737-500 6 112 / 134 Medium haul routes
Boeing 737-700 5 126/149 Medium haul routes
Boeing 737-800 11 162 / 189 Medium haul routes
Boeing 747-400 1 351 / 495 Long haul routes
Boeing 757-200 2 179 / 239 Long haul routes
Boeing 767-300 3 181 / 252 Long haul routes To Be replaced by 787-8
Boeing 787-8 0
(5 orders)
Long haul routes For delivery in 2008
Total number of aircraft 41
(5 orders)
Updated: May 2007
  • The average age of the fleet of Royal Air Maroc was 10.7 years in July 2007.

Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 416 pixelsFull resolution (2301 × 1196 pixel, file size: 279 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) A Royal Air Maroc B737-800 at London Heathrow. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 416 pixelsFull resolution (2301 × 1196 pixel, file size: 279 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) A Royal Air Maroc B737-800 at London Heathrow. ... The ATR 72 is a twin-turboprop short-haul regional airliner built in France by the ATR company (Avions de Transport gional). ... The Airbus A320 is a short to medium range commercial passenger aircraft manufactured by Airbus. ... 737 in new Boeing Colors. ... 737 in new Boeing Colors. ... 737 in new Boeing Colors. ... 737 in new Boeing Colors. ... 737 in new Boeing Colors. ... The Boeing 747-400 is the latest version of the Boeing 747 in service and the largest commercial airliner, a title it will lose to the Airbus A380 when it enters service in October 2007. ... The Boeing 757 is a medium-range transcontinental commercial passenger airplane manufactured by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. ... American Airlines Boeing 767-300 at Gatwick Airport, England. ... Rendering of a final design Northwest Airlines Boeing 787-8 The Boeing 787, or Dreamliner, is a mid-sized wide body passenger airliner currently under development by Boeing Commercial Airplanes and scheduled to enter service in 2008. ...

Incidents and accidents

On April 1, 1970, a Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelle crashed on approach to Casablanca Mohammad V airport when it lost control at a height of about 500 feet. The fuselage broke in two. 61 of the 82 passengers and crew were killed. is the 91st day of the year (92nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday. ...


On December 22, 1973, another Caravelle, leased from Sobelair, crashed near Tangiers Airport (TNG) when the pilot, during a storm, engaged the outbound procedural turn too far east causing the plane to overfly hazardous terrain and eventually crash. All 106 passengers and crew on board were killed. December 22 is the 356th day of the year (357th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1973 (MCMLXXIII) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display full calendar) of the 1973 Gregorian calendar. ...


On August 21, 1994, an ATR 42-300 operating the domestic Agadir-Casablanca route lost control at 16000 feet, entered a steep dive, and crashed into nearby mountains. Investigators suspect that the pilot deliberately disengaged the autopilot and directed the aircraft into the ground. All 44 passengers and crew members were killed. is the 233rd day of the year (234th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full 1994 Gregorian calendar). ...


On January 21, 1995, a Boeing 747-400 operating as Flight 205 was preparing to leave Montréal-Mirabel International Airport for New York and Casablanca. The pilot started taxiing forward, believing that deicing was complete and the parking stand was clear of any vehicles. It knocked down two deicing vehicles that were still in place in front of both horizontal stabilizers, killing three ground crew members and injuring two others.[1] is the 21st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display full 1995 Gregorian calendar). ... Montréal-Mirabel International Airport, (or Montréal International (Mirabel) Airport) (IATA: YMX, ICAO: CYMX) originally called Montreal International Airport and widely known simply as Mirabel, is a large airport located in Mirabel, Quebec, near Montreal and was opened 4 October 1975. ... An American Airlines MD-80 aircraft being de-iced at Syracuse Hancock International Airport De-icing is the process of removing ice from a surface. ...


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References

  1. ^ "Royal Air Maroc Fleet Details." Royal Air Maroc.

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Royal Air Maroc (256 words)
Royal Air Maroc is the national airline of Morocco, and is based in Casablanca.
It maintains an extensive route network across North Africa and Europe, and is a popular choice for people wanting to fly from the UK to the main Moroccan cities such as Marrakech, Agadir, and Casablanca.
Upgrade to Zenith class on Royal Air Maroc, and you get increased space (36-inch seat pitch) a selection of drinks, priority check in, improved in flight service and catering, and an increased luggage allowance to 30KG.
Royal Air Maroc - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (900 words)
Royal Air Maroc (commonly called RAM) is the national airline of Morocco and based in Casablanca.
By the end of the 1970s, Royal Air Maroc was flying to various destinations in Europe, North America, the Middle East, and finally North Africa.
On July 31, 2005, RAM announced that it is negotiating the purchase of 5 Dreamliners with Boeing.
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