On December 27, Boeing announced a firm order from Royal Air Maroc for four 787-9 for the expansion of the long-haul network of the North African carrier.

Two of these aircraft were ordered in December 2016 and two more this month, said the American aircraft manufacturer. The value of the four 787-9 is $ 1.1 billion at list price.

Royal Air Maroc operates five 787-8 and will include four more to its Dreamliner fleet. The Moroccan national airline operates its 787s on international routes from Casablanca to North America, South America, the Middle East and Europe, and plans to expand its services in these regions with additional aircraft.

"Our vision is to be the first airline in Africa in terms of service quality, aircraft quality and connectivity. The order of new generation aircraft like the Dreamliner puts our airline on the right track to achieve this strategy, " said Abdelhamid Addou, president of Royal Air Maroc.

The company celebrated its 60th birthday this year. It ordered its first Boeing, a 727, almost half a century ago. Its fleet now has more than 56 Boeing aircraft, says the manufacturer, including 737, 767-300ER, 787 and 747-400.

The engine chosen by Royal Air Maroc for the four 787-9 has not been revealed, but its four 787-8 are equipped with GEnx engine from General Electric. The delivery date and the configuration chosen for the 787-9 have not been specified. The 787-8s of the company are configured for 274 passengers including 18 in Business class and 256 in Economy.