Royal Air Maroc officially joined oneworld last week, becoming the first full member in the African continent and adding 39 new destinations in 23 countries to the alliance’s network.

Effective 1 April, oneworld frequent flyers can enjoy the full range of oneworld benefits and services when travelling with Royal Air Maroc. At the same time, the more than one million members of Royal Air Maroc’s Safar Flyer loyalty programme will be able to earn and redeem awards on all oneworld member airlines.

If you have plans to travel from India with fellow oneworld member Qatar Airways, you may notice flights operated by Royal Air Maroc in your itinerary, particularly if you are heading to Africa.

About Royal Air Maroc

Royal Air Maroc is the flag carrier of Morocco, with around 245 daily departures.

Its current fleet of 60 aircraft is centered on Boeing 737-800s and Embraer 190s on short to medium-haul routes, with Boeing 767 and Boeing 787-8s flying longhaul services. Its regional affiliate Royal Air Maroc Express operates five ATR 72s.

Pre-coronavirus, Royal Air Maroc had announced a five-year growth plan that would see its fleet size increase significantly, and its network jump from 94 destinations to 121.

There were also plans to raise frequencies in many established markets, making virtually all short- and medium-haul services at least daily, and turn the airline’s Casablanca base into a “fully-fledged transfer hub”.

Royal Air Maroc business class

Royal Air Maroc offers a two-class, business and economy product on most international routes, including seats that convert to lie-flat beds in its top cabin.

On the 787 Dreamliner, there are two different business class products. Royal Air Maroc’s older 787-8 aircraft have 18 seats spread across three rows in a 2-2-2 configuration.

If possible, you’ll want to fly on their 787-9 aircraft, which have 26 seats divided into seven rows in a 1-2-1 configuration, meaning every seat has direct aisle access.

Booking Royal Air Maroc

Royal Air Maroc has no service to India, and their online route map shows a heavy focus on west Africa:

You will find that some of their flights appear on Qatar Airways itineraries, such as this flight from Mumbai to Ouagadougou:

Taking this example, there is a one-stop flight option available with Turkish Airlines, transiting Istanbul. Personally, I would rather fly three flights with Qatar and Royal Air Maroc and earn a stack of Avios with British Airways - but that’s just me!

Summing Up

It’s relatively unusual to hear of new members joining the big alliances these days and Royal Air Maroc is oneworld’s first full addition since 2014.

Some of the airline’s expansion plans might now seem ambitious given the impact of coronavirus, but nevertheless its services might be handy for oneworld frequent flyers to access more destinations, in Africa especially.

Have you flown Royal Air Maroc, and will this announcement help you on your travels to Africa?