Montreal - Royal Air Maroc retired its last Boeing 747-400 registered CN-RGA after 24 years of service.
The superjumbo made its last flight on September 15 on its only route between Casablanca and Montreal. The flight AT208 was also the last one for Captain Tazi Mouhcine, who was taking his retirement after 21,000 flying hours on this long haul.
The Boeing 747, which entered into service in January 1994, had been configured to accommodate up to 492 passengers - 16 in Business class and 476 in Economy class.
However, the plane became less profitable over time because of maintenance costs and its four engines of the older generation (General Electric CF6-80) that have high fuel consumption. Since its launch, Royal Air Maroc operated four variants of the B747 family, the 747-100, 747-200, 747-400 and 747SP.
With the retirement of the last 747-400, the Casablanca- Montreal line is now being operated with the Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner alternately with a Boeing B767-300ER.
Royal Air Maroc has five B787-8 aircraft in its fleet configured to accommodate 18 passengers in Business class and 256 in Economy class.
At the end of the year, the Casablanca-Montreal route will be reinforced with the arrival of a Boeing 787-9 equipped with General Electric GEnx-AB engines. In December 2017, Royal Air Maroc has placed a firm order for four Boeing 787-9.
The cabin layout of the new 787-9s has not been revealed yet. They will be gradually deployed on the New York-JFK, Algiers (Algeria) and Guarulhos (Brazil) routes from Casablanca.