Royal Air Maroc has firmed up details of its new service to Beijing. Beginning January 16th, the airline will fly three times a week to the Chinese capital using a 787-9 Dreamliner. The route will be the carrier’s longest yet, and is a firm step up into the lucrative Asian market for the future oneworld carrier.
About the flight
According to One Mile at a Time (OMAAT), the flight will be their longest route ever – a distance of 6,273 miles. Furthermore, this is the RAM route that goes the furthest east. OMAAT also got the scoop with the following flight details:
The airline will fly its relatively new Boeing 787-9 from Casablanca to Beijing
This route will have a 3x weekly frequency and begin on January 16th, 2020
The outbound flight to Beijing is AT230, which departs at 17:00 and arrives at 11:55 on the following day
The inbound flight is AT231 which departs Beijing at 13:55 and arrives at 19:55 on the same day
The flight is scheduled to last roughly 12 hours going east to China and 13 hours for its return to Morocco. There are some discrepancies for departure days, however. The departure for Beijing will be on Mondays, Thursdays, and Saturdays, while the return flight westbound is noted by OMAAT as being on Sundays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays. However, Morocco World News reports that the return flights to Casablanca will take place on Tuesdays, Fridays, and Sundays.
OMAAT also reports that the airline’s CEO said the following regarding the new route:
“[It will] enable us to respond to a strong need expressed by business operators from the two countries and will participate in further strengthening trade and economic cooperation between Morocco and China.”
Chinese interest in Morocco has been increasing, both in terms of economic/business investment and a tourist destination. In fact, according to CH-Aviation, on July 18th Huawei made an announcement that it wanted Morocco to be the first African country to launch 5G.