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According to the following source, Royal Air Maroc has decided to join Star Alliance. An agreemment between the two parties is to be signed soon. This is a bit of a surprise as RAM has been regarded as a likely addition to oneworld or SkyTeam

EXCLUSIF: LA RAM INTÈGRE LA STAR ALLIANCE
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Tue Jan 20, 2015 4:22 pm

Man, this gives Star a bit of a stranglehold on North Africa.
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Tue Jan 20, 2015 4:27 pm

Quoting N1120A (Reply 1):


Man, this gives Star a bit of a stranglehold on North Africa.

Really into Africa as a whole. Egyptair, SAA, Ethopian, RAM, and the connectivity through Europe on Lufthansa and Brussells...
 
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Tue Jan 20, 2015 4:28 pm

Absolutely. In addition to that it's another missed opportunity for oneworld to add an airline from Africa.
 
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OneWorld needed to court an airline with the growth and strength of Royal Air Maroc; and equally needs at least one other airline in China.
 
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It would be an interesting addition for Star. I wonder how RAM will fair with their Chinese aspirations.
 
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Tue Jan 20, 2015 4:37 pm

wow this is totally unexpected. I was thinking Star would be busy courting Azul, VirginAustralia, something in middle east, and something in west africa.

Quoting catiii (Reply 2):

Really into Africa as a whole. Egyptair, SAA, Ethopian, RAM, and the connectivity through Europe on Lufthansa and Brussells...

Star pretty much has a full lock on Africa. They control all 4 of top 4 largest airlines in Africa. Absolute nuts.
 
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Tue Jan 20, 2015 4:42 pm

Quoting NDHair37 (Reply 4):


OneWorld needed to court an airline with the growth and strength of Royal Air Maroc; and equally needs at least one other airline in China.

There are very few good options left in Africa for anyone to take. For China, the only realistic option now is Hainan, but thanks to their HX operation (and opposition from CX), that would be a tough sell.
 
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Tue Jan 20, 2015 4:51 pm

I guess that just leaves TunisAir as the only other attractive carrier not yet part of an alliance. Air Mauritius comes to mind as well, but that is pretty much a niche market.
 
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Quoting TYCOON (Reply 8):

I guess that just leaves TunisAir as the only other attractive carrier not yet part of an alliance. Air Mauritius comes to mind as well, but that is pretty much a niche market.

Well there are Air Algerie, TAAG and Arik Air as well
 
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Quoting TYCOON (Reply 8):

If I were OneWorld, I would be after:

Jet Airways (India, growth market)
Sichuan and Chengdu Airlines (China, growth area, Chengdu served by BA etc)
Juneyao Airlines (China, based in Shanghai which is arguably the most important city)
TAAG Angola (Growing well, got long-haul capabilities, has links to South America and China)
Afriqiyah Airlines (Almost a new country, promising fleet on order, good Business product and able to improve to have links to more cities in Europe, North America and places like Asia)
 
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Tue Jan 20, 2015 5:39 pm

RAM was originally figured to be a SkyTeam partner. This is an unexpected win for Star Alliance.

And another carrier to come calling at IAH in the future?
 
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Quoting catiii (Reply 2):
Really into Africa as a whole. Egyptair, SAA, Ethopian, RAM, and the connectivity through Europe on Lufthansa and Brussells...

What about TAP in Lisbon, I thought they are really strong to the former Portuguese colonies in Africa too?
 
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Quoting a380787 (Reply 6):
Star pretty much has a full lock on Africa. They control all 4 of top 4 largest airlines in Africa. Absolute nuts.

US east coast to CMN is approx. 3,000 miles shorter than a flight to DXB. Not only would Casablanca be a huge (historical) tourist destination but it's location would be a prime hub connecting North America with most of Africa.

http://www.gcmap.com/mapui?P=iad-cmn,+iad-dxb,+yyz-cmn

For the secondary African cities that Brussels Air/Lufthansa don't serve, RAM covers nicely. "Full lock" is a good term.
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Quoting NDHair37 (Reply 10):
If I were OneWorld, I would be after:

Jet Airways (India, growth market)
Sichuan and Chengdu Airlines (China, growth area, Chengdu served by BA etc)
Juneyao Airlines (China, based in Shanghai which is arguably the most important city)
TAAG Angola (Growing well, got long-haul capabilities, has links to South America and China)
Afriqiyah Airlines (Almost a new country, promising fleet on order, good Business product and able to improve to have links to more cities in Europe, North America and places like Asia)

Jet are partnered up with Etihad so unlikely to join Oneworld and work with Qatar.

There were rumours that BA would announce something with Sichuan this year. (http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/british-airways-executive-club/1639928-ba-sichuan-airlines-vow-strengthen-cooperation.html)
 
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Tue Jan 20, 2015 6:06 pm

This is terrific for Star. I would imagine that it won't be all that long before we see AC get some feed into CMN. YUL-CMN anyone?

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Wow, just last week I was trying to rebook someone from United onto RAM. And we didn't even have a ticketing agreement so this is a big jump indeed
 
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Quoting United787 (Reply 12):
What about TAP in Lisbon, I thought they are really strong to the former Portuguese colonies in Africa too?

It's true that most of their destinations in Africa are former Portuguese colonies but TP serves as many non-stop destinations in Africa from LIS as SN does, so they're not just an airline of former Portuguese colonies. Algiers, Accra, Bamako, just to name a few aren't exactly former Portuguese colonies  
 
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Quoting ericm2031 (Reply 16):
And we didn't even have a ticketing agreement so this is a big jump indeed

I think most use HR-169 stock for these tickets where they don't have an agreement. Joining star will certainly open up a whole new world to customers and trade partners alike.
 
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The question now is, after the inaugural flight of B787 and the arrival of 4 E190 last decembre, what big order RAM will order, they announced not long a ago a CMN-PEK 3 times a week from June 15 using A330, but where will it come from??? TK, LH????. Also IAD is within sight of AT when more deliveries are home, they were supposed to start it in 2011 but due to 787 delays it was also delayed.
 
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Could a UA 757 do IAD-CMN or EWR-CMN... not that I am encouraging using a 757...
 
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Tue Jan 20, 2015 7:02 pm

If this turns out to be true it will be very interesting. I certainly didn't see it coming. I would have imagined them most likely going to Skyteam due to their historic links with AF, and OW as an outside chance.

Even as a Star fanboy I wonder whether the level of dominance Star ( and the non-Star affiliates of Star carriers) combined would have on intra-Africa traffic would be healthy.
 
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Quoting United787 (Reply 20):
Could a UA 757 do IAD-CMN or EWR-CMN... not that I am encouraging using a 757

For many years Moroccan communities were lobbying to get another airline to serve CMN to compete with AT from US and its sub-standard service but to no avail, hopefully now the AT standards will improve and CMN will get better upgrade and a better ventilation, I remember going through CMN many times and it's like a "Hammam" a steam bath.
 
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Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 21):

Even as a Star fanboy I wonder whether the level of dominance Star ( and the non-Star affiliates of Star carriers) combined would have on intra-Africa traffic would be healthy.

At least there are tons of small niche carriers around. South America is in worse shape - LATAM controls more than 50% of the continent.
 
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Quoting United787 (Reply 20):
Could a UA 757 do IAD-CMN or EWR-CMN... not that I am encouraging using a 757...

If demand is that significant it would almost make more sense to upgauge EWR-LIS, and use that as a hub to Morocco. TP already serves CMN, RAK, and TNG. Seems like a no-brainer really.
 
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Quoting a380787 (Reply 7):

If Hainan really wanted to join Oneworld they would have not launched /bought into HX

That is like Air Berlin launching a hub at Frankfurt with the sole aim to take down LH and then asking to join star...
 
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Quoting NDHair37 (Reply 10):
Afriqiyah Airlines (Almost a new country, promising fleet on order, good Business product and able to improve to have links to more cities in Europe, North America and places like Asia)


And also based in a country in the middle of another civil war. I don't think they're even allowed to fly into EU airspace right now.
 
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Quoting NDHair37 (Reply 4):
OneWorld needed to court an airline with the growth and strength of Royal Air Maroc; and equally needs at least one other airline in China.

You hit the nail on the head. OW lacks connectivity in big parts of the globe such as nortrhern/central africa (in South Africa they have Comair. Sorta) If I were OW, i would be courting HU, or getting CX to expand Dragonair more into china. Another area in which they lack connectivity is India, a rather large market for BA, an important OW member. They have no parter there, the closest they come is RJ or QR.
 
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Quoting Kashmon (Reply 25):

If Hainan really wanted to join Oneworld they would have not launched /bought into HX

That is like Air Berlin launching a hub at Frankfurt with the sole aim to take down LH and then asking to join star...

Agreed, but Hainan is definitely their best bet. SichuanAir is really a niche carrier as of now. (CA has an equally large domestic network from CTU and probably larger for international routes so 3U isn't in any dominant position there either)

And don't forget that CTU is in the so-called "southwest" region, which would make for really inconvenient connections for most of North America - China scenarios)

Both Star and Skyteam has niche Chinese carriers too (Shenzhen and Xiamen Air), but at least those are backed-up by the giants of MU CZ CA.
 
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Quoting United787 (Reply 20):
Could a UA 757 do IAD-CMN or EWR-CMN... not that I am encouraging using a 757...

A UA 757 EWR-CMN is plausible, as is a DL 757 or 767 from JFK.
 
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Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:07 pm

Quoting 29erUSA187 (Reply 27):
or getting CX to expand Dragonair more into china.

Yeah good luck getting the CAAC to approve that.

Quoting a380787 (Reply 6):
I was thinking Star would be busy courting Azul, VirginAustralia, something in middle east, and something in west africa.

I'd say the former two are well under way but in Africa's east and west coasts there are really no suitable candidates - KQ is with Skyteam besides which they have ET just to the north. On the west, who'd you be courting?
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Tue Jan 20, 2015 9:12 pm

Could a Oneworld carrier set up an operation in West Africa (the last non-alligned region of Africa) a la Comair in South Africa (but on a larger, intercontinental scale)? I'm thinking that ACC could serve as a great base for West Africa service, and could provide flows from North America/South America/Europe to the region. I ignored the elephant in the region (LOS) because it has been said many times on here that Nigeria is far too corrupt/too difficult to start businesses there/horrible connection airport. I feel that Sky may not target this market to not compete with AF's market share on the French-speaking nations in West Africa. Does anyone think this could work for Oneworld?

[Edited 2015-01-20 13:13:11]

[Edited 2015-01-20 13:14:02]
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Quoting ipodguy7 (Reply 31):
I'm thinking that ACC could serve as a great base for West Africa service

I think, given Ghana's steady economic growth and political stability, that you'd be right about ACC's suitability but how does an organisation get around the necessary cross boarder agreements to put such an entity in place?

BTW, congratulations to *alliance and Royal Air Maroc if they pull this off.
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What a blow to SkyTeam and AF if true. Maybe AT was seen more as a competitor than a partner but I think they loose a terrific geographic location and a growing market.
Let's see if this is confirmed. Besides this article from a moroccan journal, I couldn't find anything. Only articles dating back to last October stating AT was "in talks" and would announce early this year... so no reason to challenge the rumor.
 
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Tue Jan 20, 2015 10:04 pm

Quoting icna05e (Reply 33):
Let's see if this is confirmed. Besides this article from a moroccan journal, I couldn't find anything. Only articles dating back to last October stating AT was "in talks" and would announce early this year... so no reason to challenge the rumor.

Although it still falls short of confirmation I also found this story http://www.ch-aviation.com/portal/ne...al-air-maroc-to-join-star-alliance

DOH! I just realised that they have used the same original source as the OP, so it is still only a single source.

[Edited 2015-01-20 14:05:26]
 
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Quoting motorhussy (Reply 30):

I'd say the former two are well under way but in Africa's east and west coasts there are really no suitable candidates - KQ is with Skyteam besides which they have ET just to the north. On the west, who'd you be courting?

Bring ASKY Air (KP) officially into the fold (they're owned by ET but not part of Star), which gives a small but geographically strategic hub at Lome, Togo

Another possibility is having a LOS-based airline (Arik would be nice if they could get their house in order)
 
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Nice addition to *A in N. Africa.

Quoting United787 (Reply 20):
Could a UA 757 do IAD-CMN or EWR-CMN... not that I am encouraging using a 757...

If they can run the 752 to TXL and LIS then EWR-CMN should be possible. IMO a AT or UA 763 would be a better choice. Enough capacity to allow for more transfer passengers but not enough to upset LH / SN / ET routes.

Quoting a380787 (Reply 23):
South America is in worse shape - LATAM controls more than 50% of the continent.

For all its merits in Africa, *A is weak in deep South America, so AV will expand there and Avianca Brazil joins *A later this year. *A also needs to do better in Australia and Central Asia.
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And IAH will be announced tomorrow! Just edging out DEN and DFW.
 
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Quoting ua900 (Reply 36):

the Avianca group is no where near the size of LATAM
Along with SA)">AA dominance on US-SA and IB on EU-SA
OW has got this continent cornered.
 
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Congratulations for RAM if this is official. Star Alliance is definetely the best for the North American network, with Air Canada feeding to YUL and maybe a YYZ-CMN will become feasable by the time, seasonally at least, and United feeding the JFK flights eventhough it is EWR where Star Alliance is stronger. Maybe they will move to Newark?! What about Jet Blue?! Lufthansa will certainly take profit from the strong Moroccan presence in Western Africa, and maybe PEK will be postponed in favour of better correspondance at FRA. Great news anyway, and well done it is not Sky Team. AF would kill every long haul every long haul expansion for them. Tunisair now will, if they deserve it, need to be in OW and specially not Sky Team. Flights to UK and Spain would code-share with BA and IB and the AMM service would resume under a code-share with RJ. Wait and see...
 
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Wed Jan 21, 2015 1:47 am

Quoting icna05e (Reply 33):
What a blow to SkyTeam and AF if true
Quoting TYCOON (Reply 8):
I guess that just leaves TunisAir as the only other attractive carrier not yet part of an alliance. Air Mauritius comes to mind as well, but that is pretty much a niche market.

Air Algérie is likely to join an alliance before Tunisair. Actually they said last year they were considering this option. Not sure they are quite ready though.
Air Mauritius is said to join SkyTeam with the help of Air France. You may consider that they represent a niche market, but when you consider the growing flows between Southern Africa to Asia on one hand, and Africa to Australia on the other hand, I'd say they have lots of potential, let alone the Indian Ocean market by itself and the network synergies with another ST member, KQ.



Quoting kiwiandrew (Reply 21):
I would have imagined them most likely going to Skyteam due to their historic links with AF

Because of these historical ties, AT might have opted for another alliance than ST. They do not want to appear as "vassalized" by AF.
I would not ruled out either that AF was not too keen on AT joining ST as they do compete between W Europe and W Africa.



Quoting ipodguy7 (Reply 31):
I'm thinking that ACC could serve as a great base for West Africa service, and could provide flows from North America/South America/Europe to the region.

I believe Ghana want to rejuvenate Ghana Airways, but before they join an alliance, there is a long way to go, to say the least.



Quoting icna05e (Reply 33):
What a blow to SkyTeam and AF if true

Really ? What would be the benefit for AF to have AT in ST ? In terms of destinations / network complementarity for instance ?



Quoting Kashmon (Reply 38):
Along with SA)">AA dominance on US-SA and IB on EU-SA
OW has got this continent cornered.

Part of your statement is blatantly false, or misinformed.
IB and OW do not dominate Europe to Latin America. ST do. By a wide margin. 34,6% for ST, 26,9% for OW, according to CAPA, based on capacity: http://centreforaviation.com/analysi...samba-salsa-tango-and-rumba-103061



Quoting TS-IOR (Reply 39):
AF would kill every long haul every long haul expansion for them

You're always prone to bashing AF, but for once I'd agree with you : AF has probably no interest in AT joining ST.
 
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Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:10 am

Quoting Azure (Reply 40):
Air Mauritius is said to join SkyTeam with the help of Air France. You may consider that they represent a niche market, but when you consider the growing flows between Southern Africa to Asia on one hand, and Africa to Australia on the other hand, I'd say they have lots of potential,

Unless things have changed in the last few years since I left Mauritius, MK actually have very limited presence in Africa. While I lived there MK's only African destinations were JNB/DUR/CPT/NBO ( and I think JNB was the only one with a daily frequency - the others were 2-3 flights weekly)
 
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Some more information about Royal Air Maroc joining Star Alliance:

- Integration is excpeted to be completed by the end of 2015 or Q1 2016
- Ethiopian Airlines will be RAM's mentoring carrier

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Quoting TS-IOR (Reply 39):
Tunisair now will, if they deserve it, need to be in OW and specially not Sky Team. Flights to UK and Spain would code-share with BA and IB and the AMM service would resume under a code-share with RJ. Wait and see...

Forget about Tunisair. They are an airline without any ambition... Very limited network and a bad service.
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Wed Jan 21, 2015 1:33 pm

Wasn't Air Algerie in line to become a SkyTeam member way back when? I see it as the last viable candidate along with TAAG.
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Wed Jan 21, 2015 2:18 pm

EWR-CMN is 180 miles shorter than JFK-DKR which DL uses a B757 on hence for UA flying EWR-CMN with the same aircraft type should not be an issue. I wonder though if RAM would consider switching its entire JFK ops to EWR to gain the additional feed? They were looking at launching IAD too as per a recent CAPA analysis along side PEK !
 
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Wed Jan 21, 2015 3:52 pm

I'm just wondering what will be the practical consequences of this. I imagine they will offer connections via GRU to South America (TAM), via PEK to places in East Asia such as SEL, SHA, NRT (ANA/Asiana/Air China), via JFK to all over the USA (United), and via FRA (LH) to Eastern Europe and Asia. Since Morocco doesn't generate enough inbound/outbound traffic to serve all of these destinations directly, they will fly their new 787s to the biggest star alliance hubs in each continent and codeshare with a local airline to provide service to the rest of the continent, whilst still taking most of the revenue (as they operate the long-haul flight). It seems like a pretty good strategy! In the end, you will be able to go to/from Morocco to anywhere in the world and fly RAM most of the way.
 
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Wed Jan 21, 2015 4:04 pm

RAM will add a lot of connections to west and central Africa to Star's rout map. There is a post about the African networks of SA, MS, ET, AT and KQ at another forum. It shows that AT's network will fit very well with those of the existing Star members in Africa:

SAA:


Egyptair:


Ethiopian:


RAM:
 
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Quoting N1120A (Reply 1):

I think OneWorld really needs carriers in Africa.
 
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Wed Jan 21, 2015 4:55 pm

No single airline is going to seriously challenge EK, but Morocco, Ethiopia, Turkey and several others are in a position (literally and figuratively) to take big chunks of EK's current territory.

But for that to happen these mostly near the Mediterranean airlines will need to add destinations throughout the Europe, US and Canada. Moderately direct one stops are what most people not living in a mega-city (LA, NYC etc.) will be looking for.
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