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Train navette rapide (TNR) at Rabat-Ville station. Rail transport in Morocco is operated by the national railway operator ONCF. It was initially developed during the colonial era. The national railway-operator ONCF is working on several projects. The largest project is the development of a high-speed railway from Tangier via Rabat and Casablanca to Marrakech. Also a (passenger) rail connection between Tangier and Tangier MED, the port on the Mediterranean near Tangier, will give passengers arriving by ferry a connection to the main lines. A train will operate every two hours between the port and Tangier city. A freight-line from the Renault factory at Tangier MED is already operational.  WIKIPEDIA PHOTO

Morocco successfully tests fastest Africa high-speed railway line

RABAT Morocco (Xinhua) -- Morocco has successfully tested Africa’s fastest high-speed railway, state-owned railway operator ONCF announced on Thursday.

The latest tests were staged successfully at a speed of 320 km per hour earlier this week, ONCF said in a statement, deeming the test as "historical moment for the country."

In October, Morocco tested the rail line at a speed of 275 km per hour in the presence of French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, whose country is partly financing.

Since the beginning of the year, the French-made double-decker TGVs have been tested ahead of the launch of a flagship new line linking the Mediterranean city of Tangier with Morocco’s financial capital Casablanca in the summer.

The next test is expected in February on the whole line, ONCF pointed out.

The over 2-billion-dollar project has been in development for a decade, financed by numerous partners, including Morocco, France, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates.


Boeing helps Morocco expand airline service with new jet orders

SAN FRANCISCO United States (Xinhua) -- The U.S. top aircraft manufacturer Boeing announced Wednesday that it has finalized an order to sell four state-of-the-art passenger airplanes to Morocco to help expand its international service.

Boeing said in a statement that the order includes four 787-9 Dreamliners sold to Morocco’s flag carrier, Royal Air Maroc, at a cost of 1.1 billion U.S. dollars.

The new purchase will bring Morocco’s fleet of Boeing 787 aircraft to a total of nine.

Royal Air Maroc has operated direct flights from Casablanca to 80 international destinations, including in North America, South America, the Middle East and Europe.

"With more than 850 flights per month to Africa, Royal Air Maroc has the broadest presence across the continent of any airline," said Abdelhamid Addou, CEO and chairman of Royal Air Maroc.

"Ordering new-generation planes such as the Dreamliner puts our airline on the right track to fulfill our vision" to become the leading airline in Africa, Addou said.

The Casablanca-based Royal Air Maroc has a fleet of more than 56 Boeing airplanes, including 737s, 767-300ERs, 787s and a 747-400 jet.

Boeing is ready to enhance its 50-year-long relationship with Morocco and support its Royal Air Maroc in growing its market shares in Africa and beyond, said Ihssane Mounir, senior vice president of Global Sales and Marketing for Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Boeing 787 Dreamliner is the most advanced next-generation, super-efficient airplane produced by the Seattle-based aircraft company of the United States.

Morocco concludes missile purchase deal with U.S. firm

RABAT Morocco (Xinhua) -- Morocco concluded a deal with U.S. company Raytheon to purchase advanced medium-range air-to-air missiles (AMRAAM), local media reported Friday.

The entire AMRAAM system includes the missiles, spares and telemetry kits, the Moroccan news site said.

The expected deadline for Raytheon to complete its end of the contract is Jan. 31, 2020, it added.

The U.S. remains the primary arms supplier for Morocco, providing more than 96 percent of the country’s weapons imports in 2016.

According to media reports, Morocco imported 254 million U.S. dollars’ worth of armaments in 2016, with 244 million dollars on U.S.-made weapons.



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