Boeing and Royal Air Maroc have announced the July 31 signing of memorandum of understanding (MOU) for the purchase of up to five 787 Dreamliner aircraft.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes regional sales director Ihssane Mounir said the agreement sets the stage for the revolutionary Dreamliner to join Royal Air Maroc’s fleet. Boeing and Royal Air Maroc expect to conclude formal negotiations in September.
"Royal Air Maroc selected the 787 because of its unmatched capability and value after a thorough analysis,” said Mounir. “We look forward to working closely with Royal Air Maroc to bring the efficient, reliable, comfortable and quiet 787 into service."
Royal Air Maroc’s Board of Directors agreed to purchase the Boeing 787s on July 29, following a long and well-defined competition that had been extended on two occasions. After declaring the tender to be clear and transparent, RAM’s Board of Directors instructed the airline to directly engage Boeing in negotiations for the purchase of the 787 as the best solution for its long-haul fleet.
The airline noted the distinct advantages of the 787 that will allow it to operate more profitably with lower fuel burn, while providing its passengers the Dreamliner’s unique comfort and interior enhancements.
The lower weight, superior strength and maintenance advantages of Boeing’s 787 composite fuselage allows for higher humidity inside the cabin, larger windows, better air filtration and lower cabin altitude, which translates to more comfort and a physiologically less stressful trip for passengers.
The launch of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, which enters commercial service in 2008, has been the most successful in Boeing’s history. Currently, Boeing has 257 total orders and commitments from 21 airlines worldwide.