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
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
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
"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
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
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 le360.ma 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
According to media reports, Morocco imported 254 million U.S.
dollars’ worth of armaments in 2016, with 244 million dollars on