The non-stop flight linking Casablanca and Miami is the sixth direct line of the state-owned carrier to the Americas.
Rabat – Royal Air Maroc (RAM) launched a Casablanca-Miami non-stop flight on Wednesday. The first direct flight between the two destinations landed on Wednesday night at Miami International Airport (MIA).
The company will serve the non-stop flight three days a week, Wednesdays, Fridays, and Sundays. A Moroccan delegation attended the launching ceremony.
Morocco’s ambassador to the US, Lalla Joumala Alaoui, attended the ceremony with RAM President Hamid Addou and a local official, Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos Gimenez.
The inaugural flight used a Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner, with a capacity of 302 seats, including 26 in business class.
The non-stop flight will also operate on a Boeing 787-800 Dreamliner, with a capacity of 274 seats, including 18 seats in business class.
“Miami becomes the third direct destination served by Royal Air Maroc in the United States, after those of New York and Washington, D.C. With this new air route, the company strengthens its network in the Americas, where Royal Air Maroc also directly connects Casablanca with Montreal, Sao Paulo, and Rio De Janeiro,” said Addou.
The CEO added that RAM is preparing to launch another line between Casablanca and Boston next June to increase direct flights to the US.
Addou also expressed pride at the launch of the new flight, emphasizing that RAM is the first airline connecting the southern US to Africa that provides passengers with direct flight options of less than nine hours. There are, however, longer direct flights between Atlanta and Johannesburg and Lagos.
“The new route, first and foremost, provides an air connection tailored to the needs of our Moroccans living in Florida,” said the CEO.
Royal Air Maroc submitted its request to the US Department of Transportation to get approval for its Miami-Casablanca offer on July 26, 2018.
In August, MIA quoted Miami-Dade Aviation Director Lester Sola, who said that “Royal Air Maroc’s announcement is a major milestone in the 90-year history of Miami International Airport. We have long sought to re-establish nonstop passenger service to Africa, and to accomplish that with an airline and a destination of this caliber is an added bonus.”