The Covid-19 pandemic somewhat overshadowed the official entry of Royal Air Maroc (RAM) into the Oneworld alliance, of which it is the first member in Africa.
Since April 1, 2020, the Moroccan national company is the 14th member of the Oneworld alliance, after American Airlines, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LATAM Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, S7 Airlines and SriLankan Airlines (plus Fiji Airways as Connect Partner, and 30 associate members), Air-Journal recalls today.
Royal Air Maroc also becomes its first full member on the African continent (and its first new full member since 2014). This arrival “follows a 15-month implementation program” aimed at integrating the RAM, specifies a press release from the alliance; its regional subsidiary RAM Express also joins the group as an affiliate member. Royal Air Maroc was first announced as an elected member of Oneworld in New York in December 2018, a few weeks before the alliance celebrated its 20th anniversary and launched its transformation.
RAM adds 39 new destinations in 23 countries to the Oneworld network, providing “more flights and options for frequent flyers of alliance member airlines.” The Moroccan national company links its base in Casablanca to more than 100 destinations in more than 50 countries in six regions (Africa, Asia, Europe, Middle East, North America and South America), including the Oneworld hubs in Amman, Doha, London-Heathrow, Madrid, Miami, Moscow-Domodedovo (where the alliance will open its first salon) and New York-JFK, says the same source.
Also since April 1, frequent travelers to Oneworld enjoy the full range of benefits and services of the alliance when traveling with Royal Air Maroc, and more than one million members of RAM’s Safar Flyer loyalty program can earn and redeem rewards on all member airlines.
Flights operated by Royal Air Maroc are available under the Oneworld Explorer and Global Explorer fares. The Moroccan company already shares its codes with American Airlines, Iberia, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian and S7 Airlines, and other partnerships are expected in the coming months.