It’s official — for the reason that 1st of April, the oneworld alliance has its first new full member in six years. Regardless of attempting instances, on Wednesday, Royal Air Maroc grew to become the primary African airline to affix the alliance. Royal Air Maroc is the oneworld alliance’s first full member in six years. Picture: Fawaz.tairou by way of Wikimedia First African member airlineIn the end result of a 15-month implementation course of, the Moroccan nationwide provider is now a full member of one of many “massive three” international airline alliances. It will open up an entire new vary of locations in Africa and the Center East to oneworld passengers. It’s the alliance’s first African addition, making the continent extra accessible to its passengers by way of the airline’s hub in Casablanca. Royal Air Maroc was first introduced as a member-elect in December 2018, weeks earlier than the alliance celebrated its 20th anniversary. The airline’s precise becoming a member of of the alliance has handed with none explicit fanfare nevertheless, because the deliberate ceremony that was to happen in Marrakesh in March needed to be canceled. “We’re honoured and delighted to welcome Royal Air Maroc into the alliance, including our first full member within the fast-growing African continent,” remarked oneworld CEO Rob Gurney in a press assertion launched in January asserting the date for the membership. “The standard service and international community supplied by Royal Air Maroc will place oneworld as the popular alliance in Africa, the place Casablanca is a number one international monetary centre.”AdvertisementFeatured Video: Royal Air Maroc opens up 39 new locations for oneworld, principally throughout Africa. Picture: Tom Boon – Easy FlyingNew locations for the networkThe addition of the airline provides as much as 39 new locations in 23 nations, most of that are in Africa, to the alliance’s community. It is a comparatively small airline, with a fleet of 60 plane however vital to oneworld’s technique for Africa. Below regular circumstances, it operates a fleet of principally Boeings, with just a few turboprops and 4 Embraer 190s within the combine.American Airways was to start a seasonal service from Philadelphia to Casablanca on the 4th of June, though this has now been postponed. As reported by The Factors Man, codeshare cities for American with Royal Air Maroc onward are as a result of embody Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire), Lagos (Nigeria) and Luanda (Angola).Royal Air Maroc already had current codeshare agreements with 4 extra oneworld alliance members — Iberia, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian and S7 Airways.Royal Air Maroc has been on the alliance member observe for 15 months. Picture: Getty ImagesLoyalty applications and regional affiliateThe Royal Air Maroc Safar Flyer loyalty program has over a million members who will now have the ability to earn and redeem miles by way of the oneworld community. The airline can also be including a brand new high tier Safar Flyer Platinum to its bonus scheme, providing oneworld Precedence Emerald privileges together with entry to enterprise and first-class lounges, first-class precedence check-in, precedence boarding, and quick observe safety.The airline’s regional subsidiary Royal Air Maroc Specific with its six turboprop ATR 72-600s and 28 locations throughout Morocco, Spain, and Portugal additionally joined as a oneworld affiliate member on the similar time.If every thing goes in response to plan, Alaska Airways may even be becoming a member of the alliance as a full member by summer season 2021. Allow us to hope there might be a correct celebration when it does.African alliancesStar Alliance has three African airways in its community — EGYPTAIR, Ethiopian Airways and South African Airways, whereas Sky Workforce solely has the a lot troubled Kenya Airways. Collectively, the “massive three” international airline alliances symbolize almost 60 airways and maintain greater than half of worldwide airline capability. Have you ever flown with Royal Air Maroc? What was your expertise? Will you be making use of oneworld’s new community locations? Tell us within the feedback!