Emirates is to step up services to Morocco with a second daily flight, boosting the service to 14 weekly flights beginning September 1.
From October 26, Emirates will upgrade this additional daily from an Airbus A340-500 to a Boeing 777-300ER, which means that both daily services will be served by Boeing 777s. The 777-300ER offers eight First Class Private Suites, 42 flat-bed seats in Business Class and 310 Economy Class seats. The additional flight, coupled with an aircraft upgrade, will increase Emirates’ weekly passenger capacity to Morocco by 100 percent, representing an extra 2,520 seats per week in each direction.
“By providing an extra daily frequency and upgrading the aircraft, we are responding to the strong demand for additional capacity. The strengthened service will foster new business and tourism ties to one of our key destinations within Africa and open up a wealth of choice for passengers travelling from Casablanca to Dubai. The increased frequency will give our customers greater flexibility in their travel plans allowing them to connect seamlessly to other flights on Emirates’ network,” said Adil Al Ghaith, Emirates Vice President Commercial Operations for Northern and Western Africa.
Emirates’ new capacity initiatives are expected to increase the momentum for Morocco’s import and export industry. Emirates SkyCargo will have a daily belly-hold capacity of 46 tonnes in each direction, ensuring businesses benefit from the additional 322 tons of weekly capacity on the route. Key exports from Morocco include electrical components, mineral, chemical and agricultural products and garments while some of the main imports are petroleum products, automobiles and wheat.
In the last 12 years, since the route launch in 2002, Emirates has carried over 1.6 million passengers between Dubai and Casablanca, helping Morocco to tap into key tourism markets and trade destinations such as Japan, China, Australia and Southeast Asia.
Emirates currently employs 750 Moroccans across the group, including over 320 cabin crew based at its home in Dubai.
The new service flight will depart Dubai every day at 14:55hrs, arriving in Casablanca at 20:25 hrs. The return flight will leave Casablanca at 22:00hrs, arriving in Casablanca at 08:55hrs the following morning.