Cutting the cake in Doha. Services on the 5,729-kilometre sector between Casablanca and the Qatari capital will operate thrice-weekly on-board Royal Air Maroc’s 787-8s and complement Qatar Airways’ current daily schedule to the Moroccan city.
- Royal Air Maroc commenced operations from Casablanca (CMN) on 21 October to Doha (DOH). Flown by the carrier’s 787-8s, the 5,729-kilometre sector will operate thrice-weekly according to OAG Schedules Analyser, complementing Qatar Airways’ daily operation on the same city pair. Speaking at the press conference upon arrival of the inaugural flight in Doha, Qatar Airways Group Chief Executive, Akbar Al Baker, stated: “Qatar Airways is delighted and proud to welcome its partner, Royal Air Maroc, to our hub and home, Hamad International Airport in Doha. Our new partnership will strengthen both airlines and provide greater options and a seamless network for our passengers between the Middle East and Africa, and beyond.” On 26 October, the Moroccan national carrier commenced services from Rabat (RBA) to London Gatwick (LGW) and Madrid (MAD). Services on the thrice-weekly 1,970-kilometre link to the UK’s second largest airport will face no direct competition, while services to the Spanish capital will face Ryanair as an incumbent carrier. The Irish ULCC serves the 768-kilometre link five times weekly with its 737-800s, the same aircraft type Royal Air Maroc uses on its latest links to Europe. Vote for Casablanca to Doha’s route launch cake.