By Victor Shalton
Royal Air Maroc, Emirates Anounce Codeshare Partnership
Royal Air Maroc and Emirates Airlines have signed a codeshare partnership that aims to boost flights between Dubai, Casablanca, and other destinations.
The agreement announced on May 10 in Dubai will be valid from the end of the month, and will cover a total of 209 combined destinations, “providing more travel possibilities and choice of air connections to customers of both companies on their flights connecting Dubai Airport and Casablanca-Mohamed V, as well as to other destinations,” according to the airline.
The agreement will allow passengers to benefit from “more competitive fares, seamless connections and easier transfer of luggage to their final destination,” the statement continued.
Emirates customers will have access under the EK code to 17 Moroccan destinations other than Casablanca, as well as to 63 international destinations “including a vast network in North Africa, West Africa, and Central Africa covering 25 metropolises.”
Royal Air Maroc customers, on the other hand, will be able to access a vast Emirates network under AT code in addition to the Dubai hub, which has more than 130 destinations including 60 cities in the Middle East, the U.S., West Asia and East Asia.
“We are very pleased to conclude this important partnership with Emirates which will strongly contribute to the strengthening of our air traffic and will offer our passengers a wide range of destinations as well as a better customer experience thanks to optimized connections and end-to-end check-in. end, with international airport assistance within the networks of the two companies,” Hamid Addou, Chairman and CEO of Royal Air Maroc, said in the statement.
For his part, Adnan Kazim, Commercial Director of Emirates Airline, said he was “delighted to strengthen our partnership with Royal Air Maroc through this code sharing and thus offer our customers a very wide selection of destinations across Morocco. , as well as a large choice of destinations in Africa. This will help strengthen our network connectivity, and provide business and leisure travelers with greater choice and convenience when connecting between our two airlines. We are determined to expand our collaboration to deliver greater benefits to our customers .”
This new codeshare agreement coincides with 20 years of Emirates service to Casablanca, which has carried more than 3.4 million passengers between Dubai and Casablanca since 2002, “supporting the country’s tourism industry, developing trade routes, and making Moroccan culture and traditions known to the whole world”.
With Morocco reopening its borders in February, the country has regained 100% of its network in Africa — 21 destinations — and currently operates eight weekly flights to Casablanca.
In line with the carrier’s summer objectives, African passengers flying Royal Air Maroc will soon get complimentary language options as the company amplifies efforts to attract African customers onboard by making cabin announcements in certain African languages as well as recruiting African cabin crew whole offering African gastronomy, and incorporating it into everyday business.
Air Maroc will launch “very soon” a direct line linking Casablanca to Dubai, with four frequencies per week.