Royal Air Maroc’s New 787-9 Business Class

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This sure is an exciting time for Royal Air Maroc. Just last week it was announced that Royal Air Maroc will be joining oneworld in mid-2020, making them the first airline in over five years to fully join the alliance.

Currently Royal Air Maroc’s longhaul fleet consists of five Boeing 787-8 aircraft. The airline uses these largely for their flights to North and South America, and then on top of that they have some 767-300s that they use for medium length flights.

Royal Air Maroc is in the process of taking delivery of four Boeing 787-9 aircraft, which will allow them to nicely increase their longhaul flying, as they go from five to nine longhaul aircraft.

Royal Maroc will shortly be taking delivery of their first Boeing 787-9, and as part of this, they plan to introduce a special livery.

More exciting than the special livery is that the 787-9 will also feature a brand new business class product. Royal Air Maroc will have reverse herringbone business class seats on their Boeing 787-9s.

They’ve shared renderings of the new cabins, and I have to say that I love the uniqueness of the finishes. Based on the pictures it looks like they’ve selected the B/E Aerospace Super Diamond product.

This represents a huge upgrade for Royal Air Maroc’s business class. I reviewed Royal Air Maroc’s 787-8 business class between Doha and Casablanca in 2016. I was pleasantly surprised by the experience.

Royal Air Maroc has flat beds in business class on their 787-8s, though it’s an odd configuration.

Seats are in a 2-2-2 configuration, though they’re staggered so that in bed mode seats are at different heights.

So while I think their previous hard product was fine, the new reverse herringbone seats are a significant improvement for the airline. My experiences on Royal Air Maroc have already been quite good, and I look forward to flying them again on the 787-9.

What do you make of Royal Air Maroc’s new 787-9 business class?

(Tip of the hat to @badaoui8_rachid)

  1. Speaking of new planes, how did you not mention anything about Etihad taking delivery of their first 787-10 last month. I didn’t even find out until today because addle hardly anyone seems to be reporting on it?!

  2. @ Kush — It’s my understanding that these will just be on the 787-9s. Though who knows what happens in the future.

  3. @ Scott — Perhaps I should have written about it, but I thought it was pretty unremarkable news since it has the same product as other two class 787s. I would have covered it if they had a new business class seat or something else, but…

  4. Somehow this interior design and color scheme is even uglier than the Mainland Chinese carriers with the same layout.

  5. You said that your experences with Royal Air Maroc have been quite good.
    Out of curiosity, wasn’t it this airline in which you had a flight where you got a fear of flying from a bad storm? Or was it another airline?

  6. I’m wondering the same thing. Flying JFK-CMN in September of 2019 and wondering if these planes/configurations will be in service??

  7. @Johnny: Yep, they will

    1 AT 203 J9 C8 D8 Z2 Y9 B9 M9 /JFK 1 CMN 2 0745 1935 E0/789 6:50
    Q9 O9 K9 H9 T9 V9 X9 U9 L9 R9 W9
    2 AT 201 J9 C8 D8 Z2 Y9 B9 M9 /JFK 1 CMN 2 2120 0910+1E0/789 6:50
    Q9 O9 K9 H9 T9 V9 X9 U9 L9 R9 W9

  8. @Leeza: That’s great news, thank you! I assume you pulled those from future flights on ExpertFlyer? Flightaware currently lists AT203 as a 787-8 for the moment, but I assume E0/789 is referring to the new bird. Does that mean you can tell when they’ll be phased in?

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