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Wednesday, September 12, 2012

► MOROCCO: (Pics) Delivery of Royal Air Maroc's 787s deferred until late 2014.

Royal Air Maroc RAMOriginally due in Q4 of this year, Morocco's national carrier, Royal Air Maroc (AT), will only, according to press reports, be taking delivery of its first two Boeing 787 Dreamliners in Q4 2014, which now means that Kenya Airways (KQ) will be the second African operator of the type after Ethiopian Airlines (ET), if their Boeing 787 order comes through in late 2013.

"..according to Flightglobal, the airline says the postponement is due to a reconfiguration of Boeing's delivery schedule, and that Royal Air Maroc would now be receiving aircraft with better specifications..."
 
Royal Air Maroc's two Boeing 787 Dreamliners
RAM's two Boeing 787 Dreamliners sans engines (PaineAirport)
 
RAM's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner Morocco
RAM's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner "CN-RGB" (PaineAirport)

RAM's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner
RAM's first Boeing 787 Dreamliner "CN-RGB" (AirineReporter)

Royal Air Maroc's second Boeing 787
Royal Air Maroc's second Boeing 787 (CN-RGC) (Simpilot459)
With reference to the deal signed in 2005 between Boeing and Royal Air Maroc, the Moroccan carrier has four 787-800 Dreamliners on order with an option for the purchase of one additional aircraft; the first was originally scheduled for delivery in late 2008, but this was later postponed due to Boeing's production problems. 

The NYC787 blog, a reliable source of 787 production information, states that Royal Air Maroc's two Boeing 787s (MCN 35507 | CN-RGB) and (MCN 35508 | CN-RGC) are in storage at Boeing's Everett plant, near Seattle, awaiting "Change Incorporation and Re-Working."

Once delivered, Royal Air Maroc plans to use its 787s on flights to North America and to open new Middle East and Africa routes. 

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