This week the Moroccan flag carrying national airline, Royal Air Maroc has taken delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner direct from the manufacture. The new arrival compliments the five Boeing 787-8 the airline already has in service.

The delivery of the latest technologically advanced aircraft comes hot on the heels of the announcement on December 5th that the carrier would be joining the oneworld global alliance. It is expected that Royal Air Maroc will be inducted into the alliance by mid-2020, when it will start flying alongside some of the biggest and best brands in the airline business. Its regional subsidiary Royal Air Maroc Express will join as a oneworld affiliate member at the same time.

"We are particularly pleased to receive today our airline's first 787-9, which will soon be joined by three other models from the same family. The choice of this aeroplane forms part of our strategy to continuously expand and modernise our fleet and comes just a few days after the announcement of the invitation made to Royal Air Maroc to join the highly prestigious Oneworld Alliance. This will further strengthen our country's and Royal Air Maroc's leadership position on the continent," CEO and Chairman of Royal Air Maroc, Abdelhamid Addou said.

The airline plans to put the new 787-9 on routes from its home base of Casablanca (CMN) to Paris Orly (ORY), to New York (JFK) and to Sao Paulo (GRU). The jet also features the new enhanced business class cabin, with seats that offer a fully flat and full privacy mode in a 1 – 2 – 1 layout. The aircraft also has a special livery to further celebrate the milestone moment in the airlines evolution. The same special paint job is expected to be applied to the carriers first Boeing 737 Max 8 that is due to arrive later this month.

"The Dreamliner is the perfect platform for Royal Air Maroc's bold vision. The airline can now take advantage of the technology that is common across the 787-8 and 787-9, while tailoring its network based on market demand," said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Commercial Sales & Marketing for The Boeing Company. Adding, "We have been proud partners with Royal Air Maroc for nearly 50 years, providing the airline with generations of advanced jetliners, and helping Morocco harness a home-grown aerospace sector to sustain long-term growth."