Cooperation and partnership between Morocco and China is developing quickly.
RAM made the announcement at a press conference on Monday, December 23, in Beijing.
The new flight will connect Casablanca’s Mohammed V International Airport with the 3-month-old Beijing Daxing International Airport, explained RAM’s regional director in China, Adil Khalloufi. It will be the first direct flight between Morocco and China.
Passengers will fly aboard a new generation of Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner for the 13-hour flight. The Dreamliner offers 302 seats, including 26 in business class.
Starting January 16, three flights will become available weekly from Casablanca to Beijing and vice versa. Flights from Casablanca will operate Monday, Thursday, and Saturday, while flights from Beijing will be available on Tuesday, Friday, and Sunday.
RAM hopes that the new route will increase the flow of passengers between the two countries.
Morocco’s deputy ambassador to China, Mourad Ayachi, noted that the new flight will improve Morocco-China cooperation.
The Moroccan diplomat recalled the official visit of King Mohammed VI to China in May 2016 and the signature of several cooperation agreements.
Morocco was the first country in the region to sign the Belt and Road Initiative memorandum, a development strategy consisting of partnerships between China and 152 countries, said Ayachi.
Human and cultural exchange between the two countries has seen an exponential rise in recent years, with 350,000 Chinese tourists visiting Morocco this year, more than five times the number of Chinese tourists in 2016 when King Mohammed VI decided to remove visa requirements for Chinese nationals, added Ayachi.
Morocco and China will celebrate the 60th anniversary of their diplomatic relations in 2020. To commemorate the occasion, both countries are organizing special events in their capitals.
RAM continues to offer new flights, and next year it will officially join the oneworld airline alliance.
Moroccan officials from the embassy and the Moroccan Tourism Office in Beijing attended the press conference on Monday, along with Chinese representatives of the aviation sector.