Taroudante - Morocco’s flag carrier Royal Air Maroc (RAM) will sue France 3 for “defamation” following a report made by the channel alleging that the Moroccan company “uses novice” pilots to copilot flights through pay-to-fly training programs.
Taroudante – Morocco’s flag carrier Royal Air Maroc (RAM) will sue France 3 for “defamation” following a report made by the channel alleging that the Moroccan company “uses novice” pilots to copilot flights through pay-to-fly training programs.
In a statement released on Monday, March 28, RAM said that it will pursue a defamation lawsuit against the channel due to “injury suffered.”
The company added that it “categorically denies” the “slanderous information” in the report claiming that the national company worked with a Lithuanian firm in order to find paid training programs for entry-level pilots.
In the same statement, RAM asserted that it does not “compromise the safety of its passengers,” and it remains “very vigilant in the process of training and monitoring the selection of its pilots.”
The statement added that “the training of foreign pilots by Royal Air Morocco is not commercial.”
RAM explained that both Moroccan and foreign pilots undergoing training “are supervised by a flight manager with over 10,000 logged flight hours” before they are allowed to fly.
“Pilot trainees must meet the highest requirement standards at the international level,” the company wrote in the statement. “Pilots must imperatively hold diplomas and qualifications issued by European authorities.”
Royal Air Maroc added that it imposes “strict selection criteria and submit candidates for examinations and severe controls” before they can access these courses. Once selected, candidates have to redo completely the internship “type rating” in accordance with the norms and standards of the Moroccan company.