The company was founded in 1953 as Compagnie Cherifienne des Transports Aériens (CCTA). The name Royal Air Maroc was adopted after independence and the company began flying international routes in 1957 from its main base in Casablanca. In 1960 RAM introduced its first jets: Sud Aviation SE-210 Caravelles. RAM continued to expand in the 1980s. New routes were opened and routes expanded, frequencies were increased and new aircraft were introduced. The 1990s was the time of fleet modernization, with all 727s had disappeared. RAM was now changing, from providing flights to meet the demands of foreign tourists and Moroccan expatriates, to providing connections between European cities and African cities via the Casablanca hub. However, the airline has had difficulties coping with its rapid expansion and has acquired a reputation for delays and missed connections at its Casablanca hub.
About the airline
Royal Air Maroc (commonly called RAM) is the flag carrier airline of Morocco, headquartered on the grounds of Casablanca-Anfa Airport in Casablanca. It operates scheduled international flights from Morocco to Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America and a domestic flight and charter flight network, (including Hajj flights). Its base is Mohammed V International Airport (CMN), Casablanca.
As of November 2009 Royal Air Maroc merged Atlas Blue"s website with RAM"s, and all the fleet of Atlas Blue that was painted in "Royal Air Maroc Operated by Atlas Blue" is going to carry the name of Royal Air Maroc only. However all Atlas Blue flights will operate under the IATA code 8A.
The airline is owned 95.95% by the Moroccan government, 2.86% by Air France and 0.95% by International Airlines Group. The government intends to partially privatise the airline through the sale of a 25% holding. Royal Air Maroc has a 99% holding in Atlas Blue and 51% in Air Senegal International
Royal Air Maroc has over 60 different destinations and operates scheduled international flights from Morocco to destinations in Africa, Asia, Europe and North America, including: Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco (Home), Tunisia, Gambia, Nigeria, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Gabon, Equatorial Guinea, Central African Republic, South Africa, United States, Canada, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Lebanon, India, Germany, Belgium, Spain, France, Italy, Netherlands (Holland), Poland, Portugal, United Kingdom, Switzerland and Turkey. It also operates domestic routes and charter flights.
Its fleet consists of 4 Airbus A321-200, 5 Boeing 737-400, 6 Boeing 737-500, 6 Boeing 737-700