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Royal Air Maroc will be joining the oneworld alliance in 2020 and, over the past few years, the airline has been undertaking an impressive fleet renewal program to bring it up to standards expected by today’s travelers.
The airline took delivery of its first Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner back in 2015 and, since then, it has taken deliver of a further 4 such aircraft which it has been using to slowly replace its ageing Boeing 767 fleet.
The 787-8 Dreamliner came installed with a new Business Class cabin featuring 18 lie-flat seats in a 2-2-2 layout.
The new true lie-flat seats were a notable step up from the angled seats the airline once offered but the cabin configuration still didn’t allow for all-aisle-access and reviews of the seats themselves have been mixed.
Now Royal Air Maroc is starting to take delivery of the larger Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners it has on order (the first was delivered in December 2018) and these aircraft come with a much improved Business Class cabin (again).
The Royal Air Maroc Business Class cabin comes fitted with the very popular B/E Super Diamond lie-flat seats arranged in a reverse herringbone 1-2-1 layout giving all passengers direct access to the aisle.
Here’s an image of the cabin from the Royal Air Maroc Instagram account:
This is the seat you’ll find in a host of very popular Business Class cabins (think American’s 777-300ERs, Finnair’s A350s, multiple Cathay Pacific aircraft etc…) and is one of my very favorite Business Class seats.
Right now the Royal Air Maroc 787-9 is slowly taking over the airline’s Casablanca – New York JFK route and, based on the latest schedule update, the aircraft will also begin operating on Royal Air Maroc’s route to Washington D.C. later this year.
Between 23 June and 22 September 2019 Royal Air Maroc will fly one of its 787-9 Dreamliners on one of 5 (up from 4) weekly flights between Casablanca and Washington D.C.
Here’s the currently published schedule:
AT218 CMN 16:35 – 19:59 IAD (Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri)
AT218 CMN 16:35 – 19:59 IAD (Sun) **
AT219 IAD 22:00 – 10:20+1 CMN (Sun) **
AT219 IAD 22:00 – 10:20+1 CMN (Mon, Tue, Wed & Fri)
**Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner service
[HT: Routes Online]
As well as offering a better Business Class seat the Royal Air Maroc 787-9 also offers more Business Class seats than the 787-8 (26 vs 18), more Economy Class seats than the 787-8 and more legroom in Economy Class too.
The Royal Air Maroc 787-9 can currently be found operating on the airline’s routes to Sao Paulo, Montreal and New York and will be appearing on its route to/from Miami later this year.
The cabins Royal Air Maroc has installed in its Boeing 787-9 aircraft appear to be a noticeable step up from what the airline offers on any of its other aircraft so, if you’re planing on flying with the airline on its Washington D.C route, I suggest flying on a Sunday between 23 June and 22 September.
Featured image courtesy of Boeing