Air Maroc, Air France in MRO deal

 - June 17, 2009, 10:17 AM

Royal Air Maroc (RAM) and Air France Industries yesterday signed a shareholder agreement to create a joint-venture MRO facility at Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport. The companies will each own and operate an equal share of the operation. The companies expect to strengthen their respective positions in the European and African markets by providing a dedicated MRO service to support A320-family airliners. The platform will contain two bays to accommodate medium-haul aircraft.

RAM flies to more than 1,200 flights a week to 38 countries and 70 destinations. With its three terminals, the Casablanca hub became the first African airport connecting Africa and Europe, North America and the Middle East.

The Moroccan carrier’s maintenance center performs all maintenance and engineering support for the airline’s airplanes. The center, which holds both FAA and EASA certifications, offers a range of services for the Boeing 737 Classic and NG, the 757-200, the ATR 42 and Airbus A321.