Royal Air Maroc (Casablanca) on December 31, 2014 took delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner, the pictured CN-RGB (msn 43817). The new airliner has now arrived at the Casablanca base.
The new type will initially be introduced on the Casablanca-Paris (Orly) route on January 20 (originally planned for January 8) and will also operate to Montreal (Trudeau) starting on March 29, 2015, Algiers (June 14, 2015) and Jeddah (June 16, 2015).
The new type is expected to eventually operate to Beijing, New York (JFK) and Sao Paulo (Guarulhos).
Royal Air Maroc has four 787-8s on order.
On January 5 Boeing issued this statement:
Boeing and Royal Air Maroc this weekend celebrated the arrival into Morocco of its first 787 Dreamliner. The airline will be the first carrier in the Mediterranean region to operate the 787.
The airplane, delivered to the airline on December 31, 2014 from Boeing’s Everett, Washington Delivery Center, flew a 4,788 nautical mile (8,867 kilometer) nonstop flight to Royal Air Maroc’s home base in Casablanca at Mohammed V International Airport.
Royal Air Maroc’s current fleet includes nearly 50 Boeing airplanes, consisting predominantly of Next-Generation 737s, but also 767-300s, a 747-400 and now it first 787. The Casablanca-based carrier operates a domestic network throughout Morocco and serves more than 50 destinations across Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America. Boeing’s partnership with Royal Air Maroc dates back more than 40 years.
Top Photo: Boeing. All others by Royal Air Maroc (below).
Video: The delivery departure from Paine Field:
Video: CN-RGN’s first flight at Paine Field:
Royal Air Maroc aircraft slide show: