The airline with the best average rating is Royal Air Maroc with 7.1/10.
The average flight time is 2 hours and 51 minutes.More information
I went on a 30-day trip in December 2022 and January 2023 to leave the Icelandic winter behind me for some time. The trip had four main parts: visiting Sudan and Kenya; visiting friends, colleagues and relatives in Hungary and the Czech Republic; a family holiday in Tenerife and a business trip to Senegal, The Gambia and Sierra Leone.
I had a total of 18 flights, booked mostly as one-ways and one double open-jaw. Here’s my final list of flights after many cancellations, changes of departure time and aircraft type:
Keflavík to Paris CDG, Icelandair, economy class, B757 (no flight report)
Paris to Istanbul, Turkish, business class, A321
Istanbul to Khartoum, Turkish, business class, B737
Khartoum to Addis, Ethiopian, economy class upgraded to business class, B737
Addis to Nairobi NBO, Ethiopian, economy class upgraded to business class, B777
Nairobi WIL to Mombasa to Lamu, Skyward Express, economy class, Q300
Lamu to Malindi to Nairobi WIL, Safarilink, economy class, Q200
Nairobi NBO to Istanbul, Turkish, business class, A330
Istanbul to Budapest, Turkish, business class, B737
Vienna to Tenerife South, Wizzair, economy class, A321
Tenerife North to Gran Canaria, Binter Canarias, economy class, ATR42
Grand Canaria to Dakar, Binter Canarias, economy class, E195
Dakar to Banjul, Air Sénégal, economy class, A320
Banjul to Freetown, Air Sénégal, economy class, A320
Freetown to Banjul, Air Sénégal, economy class, A320
Banjul to Casablanca, Royal Air Maroc, business class, B737
Casablanca to Paris ORY, Royal Air Maroc, business class, B787
Paris CDG to Keflavík, Play, economy class, A321 (no flight report).
I was supposed to fly Air Sénégal from Banjul to Paris. The schedule of the Banjul to Dakar flight was changed and I would not have been able to reach my connecting flight to Europe so my reservation was cancelled only a few days before departure. I booked Royal Air Maroc instead. The price – just a few days before departure - was fortunately the same as it would have been if booked many months ahead of travel, although it was still more expensive than my original booking on Air Sénégal. My other choices would have been TAP for the same price with its eurobusiness configuration or Air France for double the price.
My flight from Banjul arrived on time and I was the first to disembark. Many flights from Africa arrived at the same time with most passengers connecting to other flights.
We all had to go through security control which was quite slow. By the time I got to the gate boarding was almost completed. There was of course no time to go to the lounge.
I took two flights of similar length with the same airline on the same morning but what a difference! An old B737 vs a much newer B787. An old reclining seat vs a seat that can be transformed into a flat bed. Efficient but not really friendly cabin crew vs smiling cabin crew. No individual screens vs a large screen at every seat. The flight to Paris is obviously more important for Royal Air Maroc then the one to Banjul.
Our plane from Casablanca to Paris as seen from the bridge:
The business class cabin has three rows in a 2+2+2 configuration. Seats 2HK:
Some of the seat functions:
Good quality sound cancelling headphones.
My welcome drink:
Each seat has a large screen:
The remote control for the screen:
The flight map on the screen:
An expected flight time of only two hours and 30 minutes was announced.
Push-back was at 08.17 for a scheduled departure time of 08.10. We took off at 08.32 from runway 35L.
Plane spotting during taxi. Royal Air Maroc uses the ATR72s mostly for domestic flights.
Take-off was almost completely silent with the Dreamliner being so quiet especially with the noise-cancelling headphones.
Morning view of Casablanca Airport after take-off.
The Sun always shines above the clouds.
Breakfast was almost exactly the same as on my previous flight. I wish the meal was more Moroccan. I assume there are Moroccan meals for lunch or dinner but why not for breakfast?
The in-flight entertainment offers 93 movies, 102 TV shows, 62 CDs and 9 games. More than enough for a flight of about three hours.
Watching a movie and resting comfortably.
The cabin during the flight.
Approaching Paris Orly Airport
We landed at Paris Orly Airport at 11.07 and were at the gate at 11.22 for a scheduled arrival time of 11.00.
Being on a Dreamliner on a three-hour flight is one of the most comfortable ways to travel.