The new aircraft reduces carbon emissions while carrying more passengers than a Boeing 787-8.
Rabat – King Mohammed VI launched the first aircraft from the new generation of Royal Air Maroc (RAM) aircraft, a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, on Wednesday at the Rabat-Sale airport.
Longer than the Boeing 787-8, the 787-9 can carry 302 passengers, 28 more than the 787-8, for up to 14,140 kilometers.
The added capacity will allow RAM to expand its reach and make its flights more profitable. RAM will officially join Oneworld, an airline alliance, in mid-2020.
The Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is built with composite materials, which significantly reduces the airplane’s weight, fuel consumption, and carbon emissions by as much as 25 percent compared to other long-haul aircraft.
The King also laid the foundation stone for a new terminal at Rabat-Sale airport.
The project will increase the airport’s annual capacity to 4 million passengers instead of the current 1.5 million and is part of the tourism program “Rabat, City of Lights and Capital of Culture.” The airport currently hosts 10-20 flights per day.