In a joint statement, Boeing and Royal Air Maroc announced
Tuesday the firm-order agreement for four 787 Dreamliners, with an
option for the purchase of one additional airplane. The first 787
is scheduled for delivery in late 2008.
The Memorandum of Understanding for the 787s was originally
signed in July, 2005, by Boeing Commercial Airplanes President and
CEO Alan Mulally.
"We applaud Royal Air Maroc's leadership and vision in ordering
the 787 and bringing the world's most technologically advanced and
efficient airplane into its fleet," Mulally said. "Chairman Berrada
heads up a world-class team and we're proud to build upon our
strong relationship with RAM and know that the Dreamliner will
further enhance RAM's reputation for overall excellence."
According to the statement, Royal Air Maroc plans to use its
787s on service to North America and to open new Middle East and
"The advantages the Boeing 787 brings to our long-haul fleet
operations will allow RAM to expand profitably, while bringing the
utmost in comfort to our passengers traveling from here and
abroad," said Mohamed Berrada, Royal Air Maroc's chairman and
Morocco is a popular tourist destination for travelers across
the globe. Royal Air Maroc, as the national carrier, is a key
player in government-sponsored programs aimed at increasing both
foreign investment and tourism in the kingdom.
Boeing has been working closely with Royal Air Maroc to explore
ways to enhance its working relationship through joint ventures,
industrial participation and airline training and maintenance
activities. Boeing was a strong supporter of the Free Trade
Agreement signed by the Moroccan and U.S. governments in June,
Royal Air Maroc's order for the 787 Dreamliner brings the total
number of announced commitments for the airplane to 309 from 25
airlines worldwide, with 241 firm orders.
RAM serves more than 60 destinations in 30 countries in Europe,
Africa, North America and the Middle East, operating more than
44,000 flights per year.