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It was 12:55PM by the time we made it to the plane, at which point we took the stairs up to the L1 door. Once there the cabin crew verified our boarding passes, and directed us to our seats in the far aisle.
Royal Air Maroc 216
Casablanca (CMN) – Doha (DOH)
Sunday, July 31
Aircraft: Boeing 787-8
Seat: 3K (Business Class)
On this flight we had selected the aisle & window seats in the last row on the right. While Matthew had the window seat on the outbound, I had the window seat on this flight.
Since I was in the window seat this time around, I had the awkward elevated ottoman, which Matthew had on the way out.
On the outbound flight I was wondering whether the crappy blanket was a fluke or the norm. I guess it’s the norm, because we had the same blanket on this flight.
By the time we settled in they had already served the initial pre-departure beverages, since everyone else was settled in. So they came around with the bottle of rose champagne and a bunch of glasses, as they did on the outbound.
Moments later we were offered the same great amenity kit as on the outbound flight.
While only one other seat was taken on the seatmap in business class the day before the flight, every seat was taken by the time the door closed. I suspect it was a combination of operational upgrades (since economy seemed to be oversold) as well as perhaps some “friends & family” upgrades.
By 1:20PM both of the cabin doors were closed, and moments later the cabin manager informed us of our flight time of seven hours, and then screened the safety video.
As we taxied out we passed a beautiful Royal Air Maroc 787 with its engine cowling open.
Then we taxied past a Royal Air Maroc 767…
…also with its engine cowling open.
Hopefully it’s just routine maintenance and not a bigger issue!
Our taxi to the runway was pretty quick, and included crossing runway 35R.
By 1:35PM we made it to runway 35L, where we were cleared for takeoff behind a Royal Air Maroc 737.
Our climb out of Casablanca was smooth, and I quite enjoyed having the window seat so I could watch the landscape.
About 10 minutes after takeoff the seatbelt sign was turned off, at which point the flight attendants first closed the curtains between the cabin and the galley.
As we climbed out, I browsed the airshow for our flight back to Doha, noting once again that we were flying along the northern coast of Africa for most of the way.
About 15 minutes after takeoff the crew distributed the menu and beverage list for the flight, which they hadn’t done on the previous flight (I’m not sure if they simply don’t have menus on the redeyes, or if the crew forgot).
The menu read as follows:
The drinks list read as follows:
The meal service began about 30 minutes after takeoff, starting with tablecloths being distributed.
We were offered hot towels to start, followed by canapés and drinks, which were served from a trolley. I just had a glass of still water to drink. In addition to the canapés, there were mixed nuts and pretzels that tasted like they were past their expiration date.
The selection of canapés was interesting, and consisted of about a third of a shrimp, a little salmon roll, and some foie gras.
About 20 minutes after that the appetizers and salads were served.
The scallop appetizer was fairly good, at least by airplane standards.
The side salad, on the other hand, was just plain sad.
Meanwhile there was a side of foie gras in a plastic cup with plastic wrapping on it. I’m not a foie gras fan to begin with, though I found the presentation of it to be especially strange.
Once the starters were cleared, the crew came around with a cart displaying all the main courses, as they did on our outbound flight. I’m a big fan of that system.
I selected the cod fillet with saffron sauce, as well as rice and sautéed spinach. The dish was excellent.
Meanwhile Matthew ordered the lamb tagine, which he said was a bit of a disappointment after the incredible lamb tagine dish he had in Casablanca the night before.
After that a cheese trolley was brought through the cabin. We were both full at this point, though still ordered a little bit of cheese.
There were three options for dessert, including a tart, chocolate brownie, and cheesecake. We went back and forth about which to select, and eventually the flight attendant suggested we take all three. So we did exactly that, and shared them. I found it a bit odd that the dessert was offered with plastic wrapping on it.
The best dessert by far was the chocolate brownie.
After that we ordered some Moroccan mint tea, which was served in a special glass. The tea was exceptional, and I regretted not ordering it on the outbound flight. I thought it was actually better than the tea we had on the ground in a Moroccan restaurant the night before, as it was significantly less sweet.
After that, bottled water was distributed.
The meal service was done about 90 minutes into the flight, and the service was exceptional. We had two really fun and charming young female flight attendants. They were efficient and attentive, so all around I have nothing but positive things to say about the service on Royal Air Maroc.
By the time the meal was done, we were about 90 minutes into our flight.
I spent quite a bit of time just gazing out the window, given that we were flying right along the coast of Africa for much of the flight. It’s not often you have such a consistent view of land and water on a flight for an extended period of time.
We knew we had a long few days ahead, as we’d be flying for about 72 hours straight. So we figured it would make sense to try and get a nap in.
I tried to nap, but found the seats to be so awkward. While I was on “bottom” on the last flight, this time I was on “top,” since I was in the window seat. I’m not sure which position is more awkward, given that you’re either looking down at someone, or otherwise looking up at someone.
The problem with being in a window seat is that when you’re reclined you really can’t “climb” over the person in the aisle seat. There’s no gap between seats, so you quite literally have to “jump” into the aisle, assuming the person in the aisle is reclined.
I managed to sleep for a bit, and fully woke up about two hours out of Doha, as we were approaching Saudi Arabia.
I went to the galley to order a coffee, and realized that they actually had the choice of either drip coffee or Nespresso, though they didn’t have cappuccinos. I ordered an espresso, which was served with a chocolate.
About 1hr20min before landing the crew came through the cabin with a pre-arrival snack. It wasn’t listed on the menu, though the flight attendant described it as being “like lamb shawarma.”
Personally I’m not a huge fan of lamb, so I didn’t eat most of it.
The meal was served with a side of fresh fruit.
There was also a sweetened yogurt.
Then there were some Moroccan sweets, which were tasty.
By the time the meal was done we were about 50 minutes out of Doha, so I got a bit of work done on my laptop.
About 30 minutes before landing the captain made an announcement providing us with updated arrival information, anticipating we’d be landing at around 10:20PM.
We began our descent moments later, and sure enough, touched down in Doha at 10:20PM. From there we had a roughly 10 minute taxi to our remote stand.
Interestingly the same station manager we saw on the way out also greeted this flight at the remote stand, and proceeded to give hugs to several of the business class passengers who he seemed to know.
Fortunately there was a separate bus for business class passengers, so within about five minutes we were at the terminal, ready for our layover before our flight to Colombo.
RAM 787 business class bottom line
This was another very pleasant flight on Royal Air Maroc. The warmth of the crew really impressed me, much like on the last flight.
While the seats in this configuration are strange, they’re perfectly fine when you consider that Royal Air Maroc doesn’t operate many flights over eight or so hours. They’re also a huge improvement over their old angled seats.
The food on this flight was very good overall, despite the strange presentation at times. I love that they use a trolley to display the main courses, cheese cart, and dessert, and that you can select what you want from there.
Overall I’d unequivocally recommend Royal Air Maroc. They generally don’t have a good reputation, though I enjoyed both of my flights on them, and wouldn’t hesitate to fly with them again.