Recognized by Skytrax as a four-star airline, Morocco's flag carrier Royal Air Maroc is poised to join oneworld®, the world's premier airline alliance, in mid-2020. No exact date has been set thus far. Royal Air Maroc Express, the carrier's regional subsidiary, however, will join the alliance as a oneworld affiliate member. The news comes just weeks before oneworld celebrates the 20th anniversary of its launch.

Royal Air Maroc's participation in oneworld marks a significant step for the alliance when it comes to spreading its wings to the continent of Africa; Royal Air Maroc is oneworld's first ever full member airline from Africa.

Part of oneworld, it is only natural that Royal Air Maroc will offer travelers the full range of oneworld perks and customer services in time to come. The carrier's more than 1 million members of its Safar Flyer frequent flyer program will be able to earn and redeem rewards on all oneworld member airlines. What's more, Royal Air Maroc's elite-tier members will enjoy access to oneworld's more than 650 airport lounges peppered across the world.

Royal Air Maroc's election as a oneworld member-designate was announced when the chief executives of the airline alliance's 13 current member airlines came together for their end-of-year Governing Board meeting.

For those who aren't quite familiar, Royal Air Maroc is one of the fastest-growing airlines in Africa; the carrier currently services 94 destinations in 49 countries across Africa, North and South America, Europe, the Middle East but has plans to expand its network to 121 destinations in the near future. The carrier has its Mohammed V International Airport (CMN) base in Casablanca, Morocco.

When Royal Air Maroc is part of oneworld, its schedule will boost the alliance's network to 1,069 airports in 178 countries and territories: Royal Air Maroc's flight network will add 34 new destinations and 21 countries to the oneworld global map.

At this time, Royal Air Maroc has a fleet of 55 aircraft comprising Boeing 737's, Boeing 767's, Boeing 787-8's and Embraer 190's though the carrier will soon take delivery of its first Boeing 787-9 aircraft sometime later this month. Royal Air Maroc Express operates a fleet of 5 ATR 72's

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