Royal Air Maroc launches Casablanca to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen service
Royal Air Maroc started flights between Casablanca (CMN) and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen (SAW) on 25 June. According to OAG Schedules Analyser, the 3,346-kilometre sector across the Tyrrhenian Sea will operate six times weekly and will utilise a fleet of B738s to cover the distance. The route will face direct competition from Air Arabia Maroc which also operates daily between both cities. On the inaugural flight, the aircraft was welcomed with a traditional water salute followed by a welcoming ceremony, where the arriving passengers were served with traditional Turkish delicacies. Royal Air Maroc is expected to be an official Oneworld alliance member by the end of this year, making it the second member to operate at Sabiha Gökçen International Airport.