Moroccan carrier Royal Air Maroc has become the 14th airline join the oneworld alliance and is set to integrate into it by mid-2020.
The African’s carrier’s regional subsidiary Royal Air Maroc Express will also join as a oneworld affiliate member at the same time.
Royal Air Maroc is today the largest unaligned carrier in Africa – with a transformational strategy well underway to develop it quickly into a global airline.
Its schedule today will add 34 new destinations and 21 countries to the oneworld network taking the alliance’s network to 1,069 airports in 178 countries and territories.
Royal Air Maroc is the alliance’s first new full member airline signed since 2012. Fiji Airways was also linked to the alliance from 5 December as its first oneworld connect partner, the first new membership platform since the alliance was established.
oneworld chief executive officer, Rob Gurney said: “When we unveiled our new membership platform oneworld connect in June, we said that in the future oneworld would target as full members large airlines that have a significant presence in the alliance’s prime target market, providing connections between the world’s leading business centres.
“Royal Air Maroc is growing into a truly global airline, with its home base Casablanca to be developed into Africa’s leading aviation gateway while also consolidating its place as Africa’s number one financial centre.”
Royal Air Maroc carried 7.3 million passengers last year on a fleet of 55 aircraft, with a network that currently connects its Casablanca base with 94 destinations in 49 countries across Africa, Europe, the Middle East and North and South America, including oneworld hubs Doha, London Heathrow, Madrid, Moscow Domodedovo, New York JFK and Sao Paulo.
oneworld members include American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LATAM Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and SriLankan Airlines, and around 30 affiliates. Fiji Airways is a oneworld connect partner