EVERETT — Casablanca-based Royal Air Maroc (RAM) saw its first Boeing 787 take flight earlier this week. The airplane, a -8 version, made a second appearance on December 17, where it was photographed.
The flight is a likely indication that delivery for the Moroccan flag-carrier is in sight after years of waiting. The airline was originally scheduled to be one of the earliest customers of the Dreamliner, ordering four airplanes in 2005. The first aircraft appeared painted and ready to fly in the spring of 2010, where it has remained since.
RAM elected to defer the jets in September of 2012 as the airline faced extensive financial pressure. It currently has four 787-8s on order.
The carrier intends to deploy the jet on routes from Casablanca to New York and Montreal at first. Exactly when the service will begin remains unclear, with several outlets reporting anything from mid-February to late March as recently as October of this year. Service to Algiers, Jeddah, and Paris Orly are also expected to be added to RAM’s Dreamliner rotation.