A couple of 12 months and a half in the past, in late 2018, the oneworld Alliance held a press convention in New York and publicly declared that Moroccan provider Royal Air Maroc could be becoming a member of the group. The method to affix doesn’t occur in a single day, however lastly, the time has come. 15 months after the preliminary announcement, the North African provider can name itself a member of the alliance. This can formally happen on April 1st, simply two days from now.Royal Air Maroc will be a part of the oneworld alliance on April 1st and change into the alliance’s solely African provider. Photograph: Getty Imagesoneworld’s 14th member airlineBusiness Traveller confirmed with oneworld’s press workplace that the transfer would go forward as deliberate. Some had questioned whether or not the inauguration of the airline could be delayed, given the present international state of affairs.This can make Royal Air Maroc the alliance’s 14th member. As such, it can be a part of the ranks of American Airways, British Airways, Cathay Pacific, Qantas, and extra.“The entry of Royal Air Maroc into oneworld from 1 April follows a 15-month implementation programme to combine Royal Air Maroc into the alliance. The airline’s regional subsidiary Royal Air Maroc Specific may even be a part of as a oneworld affiliate member from 1 April.” – oneworldAdvertisementFeatured Video: Abdelhamid Addou, Chief Government Officer of Royal Air Maroc, stated in a January press launch that the common period of the combination course of varies between 18 and 20 months. Nevertheless, for his airline, it could take us simply 15 months between the invitation and the official integration. He attributes this to the truth that the airline’s programs are at a “greater stage”. This facilitates alignment with the present programs of the alliance and its members.Royal Air Maroc operates the Boeing 787-9 for its long-haul routes. Photograph: BoeingAn African presence, finallyoneworld has badly wanted an alliance member on the African continent. Whereas British Airways and Qatar each serve a good quantity of locations in Africa, it does little by way of journey between the foremost cities of the continent.Regardless of this upcoming transfer, Star Alliance will retain its dominance in Africa. Its member airways there embody EgyptAir, South African Airways, and continental juggernaut Ethiopian Airways.The SkyTeam Alliance is at present restricted to Kenya Airways. Nevertheless, Kenya’s comparatively central location on the continent (particularly by way of latitude) implies that it could effectively join Europe with quite a few locations within the southern a part of Africa in addition to West Africa.Judging by Royal Air Maroc’s route map, it appears like service to West Africa will probably be the place the airline actually shines. That is particularly essential as extra of Africa opens as much as the world, turning into extra industrialized. Moreover, will increase in requirements of residing will make sub-Saharan Africa extra of a marketplace for the world to promote its items.Royal Air Maroc’s route map as of March 2020. Photograph: Royal Air MarocConclusionUnder extra regular circumstances the inauguration would come with a big media occasion with press and media in attendance. Sadly, given present occasions, this received’t be taking place as envisioned. Nonetheless, its thrilling information and we’re glad to see it lastly going down.For the frequent flyers and loyalty members on the market, does Royal Air Maroc’s membership in oneworld affect your alternative of alliance? Tell us within the feedback!