Earlier this week, Morocco reopened its borders following a two-month closure implemented to contain the spread of the Omicron variant of coronavirus. Airlines have been quick to reinstate services to the country, with Emirates being just one example. The UAE flag carrier is now flying to Casablanca on a daily basis.
Back in Morocco
Following Iberia’s return to Morocco at the start of the week, Emirates has also wasted no time in getting in on the act. The airline announced last week, just ahead of the North-African country’s border reopening, that, as of February 8th, it would reinstate services on its route between Dubai and Casablanca.
At present, the UAE flag carrier is operating a daily round trip along this corridor. The outbound flight departs Dubai International Airport (DXB) at 07:30, using the flight number EK751. After eight hours and 45 minutes in the air, it is scheduled to arrive at Casablanca’s Mohammed V International Airport (CMN) at 13:15 local time.
After a turnaround of just under two hours, the return leg takes to the skies at 15:05. The trip back to Dubai (EK752) is shorter, with a scheduled duration of seven hours and 25 minutes, enabling an 01:30(+1) arrival. Emirates’ only direct competition on the route comes from Moroccan flag carrier Royal Air Maroc.
At the time of writing, today’s iteration of flight EK751 was en route over the Mediterranean. Image: FlightRadar24.com
African network reaches pre-pandemic levels
On the whole, 2022 has started on a rather positive note as far as Emirates’ African operations are concerned. Indeed, Casablanca is far from the only destination on the continent to which it has restored service in the opening couple of months of the year. For example, it recently got the green light to return to Nigeria.
January also saw significant African route restoration among Emirates’ African network. Simple Flying first reported that it would return to five countries following a temporary Omicron-induced suspension on the 16th of the month. Then, 12 days later, it added another five nations, accounting for seven more reopened routes.
All of these have represented important steps towards a fully restored African network. The addition of Morocco has finally enabled this. Emirates stated:
“The return of Casablanca in Morocco marks a full restoration of Emirates’ pre-pandemic African network including 21 cities spread across the continent. Customers flying to and from Casablanca can safely travel on Emirates to Dubai, and enjoy an array of onward connections to Europe , the Middle East and GCC, the Americas, and West Asia.”
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777 service on the restored route
The aircraft which Emirates is deploying on its recently reopened route between Dubai and Casablanca are examples of its extensive Boeing 777-300ER fleet. According to data from ch-aviation.com, the Dubai-based UAE flag carrier has 124 at its disposal, of which 122 are active. They are 8.9 years old on average.
SeatGuru notes that Emirates uses three different seating configurations on its 777-300ERs. Two of these are three-class setups, with the third having a high-density two-class layout. Emirates’ booking engine shows three classes of travel as being available between Dubai and Casablanca: economy, business, and first.
What do you make of Emirates’ fully-restored African network? Will the reinstated Dubai-Casablanca route form part of your upcoming travel plans? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!
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