Air Arabia Maroc officially launched
Air Arabia Maroc has held an official ceremony at Mohammed V Airport in Casablanca to mark the carrier’s official launch.
The event was attended by Karim Ghellab, Minister of Equipment and Transport of the Kingdom of Morocco along with HE Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al Thani, chairman of Air Arabia, Mohamed Hassan Bensalah, chairman of Air Arabia Maroc and other leading officials and members of the public and private sector.
Air Arabia Maroc will start operations on 6 May 2009 with the inaugural flight to London Stansted followed by selected destinations across Europe and North Africa. The new airline, led by managing director, Adel Ali, aims to offer comfortable, reliable, and value-for-money air travel from and into Casablanca.
"In just over five years, Air Arabia has established itself as one of the region’s great success stories, and today marks a key event in the airline’s history," remarked Sheikh Abdullah Bin Mohammed Al Thani. "Air Arabia Maroc will reach the wider European, Middle Eastern and African markets, further expanding the strong presence and brand recognition Air Arabia already enjoys. We thank the Moroccan Direction of Civil Aviation (DAC), Mohamed V airport and all our strategic partners for marking the launch of Air Arabia Maroc."
The new airline was founded by Air Arabia in partnership with Regional Air Lines, the leading private carrier in Morocco, and Ithmaar Bank of Bahrain. Air Arabia has assumed management control of the carrier and is applying its business model to the management of the newly established low-fare airline.
Air Arabia Maroc will begin operations with two brand new Airbus A320s offering passengers an all-economy configuration with 31” seat pitch.