Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Royal Air Maroc takes delivery of its first 787-8

Royal Air Maroc took delivery of its first 787-8 (43817/248) CN-RGB at Boeing’s Everett delivery center Dec. 31, arriving in Casablanca on Jan. 5.

The Moroccan carrier plans to use the five 787s that it has on order, plus one option, to strengthen its long-haul network.

“The 787 will provide Royal Air Maroc the capability to grow its long-haul network and significantly reduce operating costs, all while offering its customers an unmatched onboard experience,” Boeing Commercial Airplanes VP of sales, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean Van Rex Gallard said.

Boeing aircraft form the backbone of Royal Air Maroc’s 50-aircraft fleet, including 737NGs, 767-300s, a 747-400 and now it first 787. Late last year, Royal Air Maroc also introduced its first Embraer E-190.

In 2012, a Royal Air Maroc spokeswoman said the second 787 was scheduled for delivery in March 2015, followed by another two between March and April 2016. If the option is firmed, it would be delivered in May 2017.

According to Boeing, the 787 program has now accumulated 1,055 orders from 58 customers.

(Victoria Moores - ATWOnline News)

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