Qatar Airways Group chief executive celebrates joint business agreement with Royal Air Maroc
Qatar Airways Group chief executive, Akbar Al Baker has marked the airline's first year of a joint business agreement with Royal Air Maroc and its expansion to Marrakech earlier this year.
This followed a VIP gala dinner held last night at the Four Seasons Hotel Casablanca also hosted by Al Baker and attended by leaders in global aviation and Moroccan VIPs.
The early success of the airline’s second gateway to Morocco was underpinned with an announcement that Qatar Airways will soon be de-linking its current Casablanca-Marrakech route to serve each city directly and will be increasing to a daily frequency to Marrakech in the near future, likely to be served by a Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
In its first year of operation the joint business agreement between Qatar Airways and Royal Air Maroc introduced passengers to a seamless travel experience connecting West Africa, the Middle East and Asia, with a code-share partnership offering access to 50 destinations across both carriers’ combined networks. Both airlines provide shared frequent flyer benefits and have aligned terminal operations at Casablanca. Services to the city of Marrakech were added to the joint business agreement in July 2016, further supporting the success of the partnership.
Travellers will soon be able to enjoy even more options as Qatar Airways today announced a number of frequency increases between Doha, Casablanca and Marrakech. From 15 December 2016, Royal Air Maroc will increase flights between Doha and Casablanca to four times weekly, and from 5 January 2017 Qatar Airways will also add a fourth weekly flight to Marrakech ahead of daily services commencing. From 4 April 2017, Royal Air Maroc will add an additional service to the Casablanca-Doha route, taking the number of weekly return services to five.
Al Baker also took the opportunity to announce new Qatar Airways destinations planned for launch in 2017-18 including Canberra, Australia; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Santiago, Chile; Las Vegas, United States; Dublin, Ireland; Medan - Kualanamu International Airport, Indonesia and Tabuk and Yanbu in Saudi Arabia.
Al Baker, said: “I am very pleased with the performance of our joint business agreement with Royal Air Maroc. Since launching last year, we have seen consistently strong demand on services to and from Morocco. This growth was further supported by the recent addition of Marrakech to our network in July of this year. The increased frequencies between Doha and Casablanca and Marrakech will offer our passengers even more flight options meaning more convenience for global travellers.
“Thanks to this successful affiliation Qatar Airways’ passengers can take advantage of Royal Air Maroc’s comprehensive network in West Africa, while Royal Air Maroc passengers can enjoy our global network spanning the Middle East, Asia, and Australia.”