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Royal Air Maroc to update its B737 fleet from 2023

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The Moroccan airline Royal Air Maroc (RAM) wants to modernize its Boeing 737 fleet. Chairman and CEO Abdelhamid Addou announced International Flight Network (IFN) on March 17, 2022, that the airline is soliciting bids to replace its Boeing 737 NG aircraft.

RAM operates an almost entirely Boeing fleet out of Casablanca-Anfa Airport, with 40 B737s, nine B787 Dreamliners, and one B767, as well as six ATR 42s and four Embraer ERJ-190s.

According to ch-aviation, the airline’s Boeing NG fleet consists of 31 B737-800s, six B737-700s, two B737-8s, and one B737-800(BBJ).

RAM is looking to replace its 737 fleet with new aircraft, although neither the Airbus A320neo nor the Boeing 737 Max have been listed as potential replacements.

The Moroccan flag airline currently operates two 737 MAX 8s, CN-MAX and CN-MAY, both of which were delivered in December 2018 and March 2019. According to Addou, though, the carrier has no intentions to purchase more of the type.

Between July and September 2021, RAM operated five A321 aircraft under an aircraft, crew, maintenance, and insurance agreement (ACMI) with SmartLynx Airlines, an EU-based ACMI charter, and cargo operator.

According to an IFN investigation, the airline curtailed its fleet capacity during the COVID-19 epidemic, selling seven planes to save money and without renewing leases on three others.

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