MOROCCO – Royal Air Maroc (RAM), Morocco’s flag-carrier airline, has announced plans to buy more freight planes for transporting cargo.

Salim Quouninich, RAM’s Vice President said that RAM will acquire the freight planes over the coming years, Morocco world news reported.

Quouninich said there is “strong growth potential” in increasing RAM’s cargo services as e-commerce expands worldwide,” adding that, “RAM has the opportunity to deliver products from the US and Europe to Africa.”

According to Cargo Facts, RAM has one freight plane which it uses to delivers cargo to one central place where its passenger planes are then able to carry in smaller quantities to its many destinations.

 “By combining our freighter operations to those of our widebody aircraft, we establish freight corridors connecting the Americas, Europe and the Middle East to West Africa,” said Quouninich.

This winter, RAM’s widebody freighter will take and make deliveries between Casablanca and eight international cities: Paris, Brussels, Frankfurt, Abidjan, Niamey, Lagos, Bamako, and Douala.

Morocco World News also reported that RAM may also transition some of its older passenger planes into cargo planes in order to meet growing freight demand.

Cargo Facts explained that RAM has two each of Boeing 737-800s and 737-700s that are over 20 years old and two Boeing 767-300s that are nearly 18 years old, these may come in handy if the airline wishes to expand its cargo fleet.

Royal Air Maroc has a fleet of 59 planes and will remain to be Africa’s largest unaffiliated airline until next year when it will join the oneworld alliance of airlines.

RAM operates dozens of flights within Africa and to Europe, as well as six flights to Asia, four to North America, and two to South America. In 2019, the company added flights to Miami, Vienna, Abuja, and Amman to its list.