Royal Air Maroc will publish a call for tenders for the renewal of the B737 in 2023
Royal Air Maroc (AT, Casablanca Int’l) is preparing a tender for the replacement of its existing B737 fleet in 2023, according to Chairman and CEO Abdelhamid Addou.
The Moroccan national airline currently has no aircraft orders in progress, advanced ch-aviation fleets the data confirms.
Its fleet of forty B737s includes thirty-one B737-800s, six B737-700s, two B737-8s and one B737-800(BBJ), according to the advanced ch-aviation fleets module. Of these, 11 aircraft are currently inactive due to reduced travel demand resulting from the pandemic. This includes all of its B737-700s and one of two B737-8s.
The two B737-8s were delivered before the type’s worldwide grounding in 2019. Royal Air Maroc was to take two more B737-8s, but later canceled that order.
Speaking to International Flight Network (IFN) recently, Addou said it was not a fait accompli that the airline would choose the B737 MAX over competing Airbus A320N family jets. In fact, according to IFN, Addou said earlier that RAM has no current plans to order more B737 MAXs.
The airline operated six A321-200s, the history of ch-aviation fleets module reveals. It has also leased four A321-200s to increase capacity in the summer of 2021 from SmartLynx Airlines (6Y, Riga) and SmartLynx Airlines Malta (LYX, Malta Int’l).
As indicated, Addou has already announced a restructuring campaign in 2020 which would see the replacement of its six B737-700s and a single B737-800. At the time, he mentioned the sale of 20 aircraft, or 30% of the fleet.
The IFN said the airline retired ten planes from its fleet during the pandemic, seven of which were sold to cut costs and three for which leases were not extended.