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September 2, 2016

Review: Royal Air Maroc Business Class B747-400 Montreal to Casablanca

Review: Royal Air Maroc Business Class

B747-400 Montreal to Casablanca

 

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Royal Air Maroc (RAM) operates a single B747-400 in their fleet, CN-RGA since October 1993.

The plane is designated for Air France (built as B747-428) but have not taken up by Air France and have gone to RAM instead.

RAM have since operated this sole B747-400 in their fleet for 23 years! Recently there are talks with both Boeing and Airbus with replacement of this single B747 with either the B747-8 or A380.

The RAM B747-400 have been scheduled to fly to Montreal all summer long. (in fact many summers!)  In the winter, it flies to Paris and at times domestic services but it also serve as a back up airplane which makes it a bit harder to catch with some certainty.

 I was flying from the US back to Middle East, and discovered RAM have an excellent Business Class through fare from Montreal to Doha via Casablanca on their B747-400 and B787. Being a B747 fan, (I have flown more than 270 sectors on all B747 variants) I could not miss this golden opportunity to fly on Royal Air Maroc sole B747.

I have also invited my good friend Fly Roni and Josef Furst to join me. With time is ticking on the B747, we made an unanimous decision to fly together from Montreal to do this!

Prior to the flight, we found literally NO information about RAM B747 (seating configuration, picture of interior etc) so this may be the first trip report to showcase the RAM B747.

Check-in at Montreal

Check in opened 4 hours before departure in Montreal.

We arrived check-in about 2.5 hrs prior to our flight.

It is really impressive to see so many dedicated desks (and all manned by agents) for this B747-400 flight check-in.

On a typical day , more than 400 passengers will be checked in for this flight.

 
Royal Air Maroc Check-in at Montreal

Royal Air Maroc Check-in at Montreal

 
Royal Air Maroc Check-in at Montreal

Royal Air Maroc Check-in at Montreal

 

Check-in was swift, I was able to tag my bags all the way to Abu Dhabi with transit via Casablanca and Doha interline with RAM and Qatar Airways.

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A souvenir picture at the check-in counter.

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RAM Business Class passenger are invited to use fast track security screening.

Once airside, passengers are invited to use the National Bank World Mastercard Lounge.

National Bank World Mastercard Lounge Montreal

National Bank World Mastercard Lounge Montreal

 

As the name of the lounge suggested, it is a credit card lounge which is quite crowded with limited amenities.

Nevertheless, it is pleasant to relax before flight.

National Bank World Mastercard Lounge Montreal

National Bank World Mastercard Lounge Montreal

 

Some of the food items on offer. (Sandwiches, vegetable, cheese)

National Bank World Mastercard Lounge Montreal food offering

National Bank World Mastercard Lounge Montreal food offering

 

Chicken Soup with Wild Rice

National Bank World Mastercard Lounge Montreal food offering

National Bank World Mastercard Lounge Montreal food offering

 
National Bank World Mastercard Lounge Montreal food offering

National Bank World Mastercard Lounge Montreal food offering

 

We have a beer and soup before our late flight.

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Montreal airport have many late European departures which our flight AT209 is one of the last to depart. The airport will close after the last departure and there is a curfew.

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At 22:15 we headed towards our gate 60, there she is, in all her glory form!

The excitement has built up!!!

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 at Montreal

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 at Montreal

 

We have to take plenty of pictures!

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Boarding process was extremely well organized, it seems the economy passengers have almost all boarded and there were no queues. There were no chaos. Kudos to the staff working for RAM at Montreal. The check-in and boarding process was as smooth as it could be!

Royal Air Maroc flight boarding at Montreal

Royal Air Maroc flight boarding at Montreal

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A momento photo before we board! (photo taken by RAM cabin crew who came out of the plane to take this for us!)

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Welcome onboard Royal Air Maroc B747-400

We turned left at door 1 and immediately headed to our seats. It was always an amazing feeling walking up to the nose of a B747!

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class

 
Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class

 

A nicely set bar table in the middle of the Business Class cabin.

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class bar

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class bar

 

Welcome by warm RAM staff with Champagne Monopole Rose Top

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class Champagne

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class Champagne

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Amenity kit handed out.

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class Amenity Bag

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class Amenity Bag

 

The Business Class cabin of RAM B747-400 with 16 seats in total.

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class cabin

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class cabin

 

Full electronic seat control.

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Menu was handed out before takeoff.

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class menu

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class menu

 
Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class menu

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class menu

 
Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class menu

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class menu

 
Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class menu

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class menu

   

I am quite amazed by the full menu with course after course.  We pushed back on-time and headed for Runway 06R for our takeoff. At 23:14 local time, we departed for Casablanca. The takeoff roll was surprisingly short with just 30 seconds and we rotated with the usual strong-beautiful-steep B747 climb.

Our flight time to Casablanca is a short 6 hours and 5 minutes with strong tail winds over the Atlantic.

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Our route map displayed at the air map channel.

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Cabin after takeoff.

In Business Class cabin we have 11 passengers out of 16 seats in total.

Amazingly all 3 of us managed to have a spare seat next to ourselves!

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I have 2 TV screens at my disposal.

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Royal Air Maroc Entertainment system.

Despite its simple look, it worked really well and fast! All on demand! (It is not an iPad)

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Once we level off at our initial cruising altitude, the cabin crew came around for drinks and our hors d'oeuvre!

There were 2 crew working up front in the Business cabin and 1 stayed behind in the galley.

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class Canapes

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class Canapes

 
Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class Canapes

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class Canapes

 

Then our dinner came very shortly. There is only one choice on the starter which is scallop and baba Ghannouj. (Eggplant salad)

The scallop is quite rough and burnt, the rest taste just fine!

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class Meal starter

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class Meal starter

 
Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class Meal starter

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class Meal starter

 
Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class Meal starter

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class Meal starter

 

Royal Air Maroc use real cutlery onboard.

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Flight attendant came with several rounds of drinks and wines during dinner. Here we were offered a selection of Moroccan red wine.

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class Red Wine

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class Red Wine

 

My main course: Pan Fried Halibut

It taste fresh and just the right portion.

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class Main Course

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class Main Course

 

Josef have the steak.

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class Main Course

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class Main Course

 

Cheese offering on Royal Air Maroc

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class Cheese

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class Cheese

 
Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class Cheese

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class Cheese

 

The kind flight attendant took this photo of us enjoying our dinner together.

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Fruit plate after cheese...

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class Fruit

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class Fruit

 

Followed by Pastry and Moroccan tea (in glass)

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class dessert

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class dessert

 

The dinner was great, everything was there as it should be in a proper Business Class dining. No corners were cut and I was very impressed!

Before I head to sleep, I took a quick photo of the beautifully setup self service bar onboard. I love the rose pedals they use!

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class Bar

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class Bar

   

I slept very well and woke up 1 hour before our landing into Casablanca.

The seat reclines well into a flat position that we were very comfortable and have no problem for many more hours.

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class seat

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class seat

 
Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class seat

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Business Class seat

 
Royal Air Maroc B747-400 cabin

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 cabin

 

I walked to Economy Class to further explore the Queen of Royal Air Maroc.

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Economy Class

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Economy Class

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Rear economy was very empty!

The capacity of RAM B747-400 is C16Y478 = total 494 seats.

We just have 248 passengers plus 8 infants!

It must be the end of school holidays as the traffic flows the other way round....

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Economy Class

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Economy Class

 
Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Economy Class

Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Economy Class

   

I was served breakfast before landing. This was not even mentioned on the menu!

Royal Air Maroc Business Class Breakfast

Royal Air Maroc Business Class Breakfast

Beef cubes with Omelette.

Royal Air Maroc Business Class Breakfast

Royal Air Maroc Business Class Breakfast

 

Before our landing, we have to take a picture of the beautiful Royal Air Maroc crew who looked after us really well.

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At 10:21am, Captain El Yasin commanded a quick "nose dive" descend into Mohammad V International Airport serving Casablanca. Our landing was smooth and very scenic! You can see more footage of the landing on my video.

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A farewell photo with the RAM Captain hat!

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Last look at these very comfortable seats.

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Before we deplane, we were allowed to see the upper deck which was blocked off during the flight as the flight load was light. The seat pitch is very good in Economy Class.

Royal Air Maroc Economy Class B747-400 upper deck

Royal Air Maroc Economy Class B747-400 upper deck

 

There are very few aerobridges at this airport and we have to deplane by stair, which I don't mind it at all 🙂

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We were among the last to deplane. We grabbed as many photo and video as possible.

There's no feeling like walking by stairs from a B747!

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Our very friendly bus driver saw through our enthusiasm and drove us to the other side of the B747 for a better photo! (with English title on this side)

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Mission Accomplished!

I am really happy that I have given a chance to fly on the Royal Air Maroc B747-400 Queen of the Sky! It isn't easy to get to Montreal and Casablanca but we made it with the BEST possible of everything on offer.

Royal Air Maroc is no shabby carrier. Every element of my flight is of Business Class standard. The crew, like most Moroccan people, are very warm and friendly. They have helped me a great deal to make this flight review possible

I am proud to add this to another great B747 journey that I treasured.

Next Report to come: Lounge Casablanca and Royal Air Maroc B787 to Doha

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Comments

  1. mostafa

    ALLAH for the Morroco why they serve the Alcohol is It ok to drink in our religion i think no “لا حول و لا قوة الا بالله ً i knew that we should have good relations with others not Arabians but not with gaveing them Alcohol Saudi airlines are the best example ithey respect the roules of islam so they don’t serve the Alcohol and they have good relatins with commercial countries we can be like theme just my thought but i still love the royal air morrocoo

  2. That was a very well detailed report on RAM. I enjoyed it very much. Keep up the great work!

  3. Krister

    Better than SAS, Finnair and Norwegian that i am used to.
    Nice to see this new airline for me.

  4. Hello Sam! You don´t see Air Maroc´s 747 reviewed very often!
    Great report. Love your work.
    Cheers!

  5. Great story, Sam Chui! I love your B747 reviews the best. Not the business class for yourself this time.. I hope RAM buy the B747-8i instead over the A380!

  6. Yirina

    Excellent! I´m happpy to see all of you on such trip 😉 Great selection of company (airline and friends).

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