Rabat – Morocco’s flag-carrier airline, Royal Air Maroc (RAM), has announced plans to buy more freight planes for transporting cargo. RAM’s vice president of cargo, Salim Quouninich, told Cargo Facts that RAM will acquire the freight planes over the coming years.
Quouninich said there is “strong growth potential” in increasing RAM’s cargo services as e-commerce expands worldwide. RAM has the opportunity to deliver products from the US and Europe to Africa.
Cargo Facts notes that RAM’s one freight plane delivers cargo that its passenger planes are then able to carry in smaller quantities to its many destinations. RAM’s widebody cargo plane will be able to deliver shipments to more and more places as the company opens up more widebody passenger flights.
“By combining our freighter operations to those of our widebody aircraft, we establish freight corridors connecting the Americas, Europe and the Middle East to West Africa,” said Quouninich.
This winter, RAM’s widebody freighter will take and make deliveries between Casablanca and eight international cities: Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt, Abidjan, Niamey, Lagos, Bamako, and Douala.
RAM may also transition some of its older passenger planes into cargo planes in order to meet growing freight demand. Cargo Facts explained that RAM has two each of Boeing 737-800s and 737-700s that are over 20 years old and two Boeing 767-300s that are nearly 18 years old.
RAM operates dozens of flights within Africa and to Europe, as well as six flights to Asia, four to North America, and two to South America. In 2019, the company added flights to Miami, Vienna, Abuja, and Amman to its list.