Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2009 10:22 pm Post subject: Royal Air Maroc
Royal Air Maroc has posted its first loss in 10 years. This is great news and a direct result of the boycott of Moroccans to this company in addition to low-cost carriers. The company keeps charging people unreasonable amounts at a time when other companies charge a lot less for a lot more. I expect Royal Air Maroc to make another loss next year as well considering that 70% of its traffic comes from Europe. I would encourage all Moroccans not to fly with this company until they sort out their plans and start focusing on the Moroccans without whom the company would have no reason to exist. There are many other Airlines serving Moroccan airports and wherever you live, you are bound to find a reasonably priced flight from an airport near you. In solidarity with Moroccans in the US and Canada, I have not used Royal Air Maroc for about a decade now. In Europe, at least there is a choice. In the US and Canada, Moroccans have no choice but to pay extremely high prices in order to go and visit their families. When you consider that we are going through the most difficult economic conditions ever, spare a thought for Moroccans in the US and Canada who will maybe have to do without a trip to Morocco this year.
Royal Air Maroc's chief executive Mr Benhima said: "Our competitors are strong with big fleets. We can not take them on with similar offers and promotions. We have to distinguish our business". If this is how the head of Royal Air Maroc thinks, then expect no change in their strategy and as a result, expect no change in their profit/loss account.
Companies like Ryanair (1985) and Easyjet (1995) have been created long after Royal Air Maroc (1957) and have reached almost 200 planes each. Royal Air Maroc which had total monopoly of major lucrative routes will very soon reach its 50th plane.
That is nothing short of disgraceful.
By avoiding Royal Air Maroc, you will send a clear signal to that company and I don t see how Moroccans lose when they can save money.
We all want Morocco to advance but it is clear that some people are not interested in seeing that happening.
Let me re-iterate, you can get cheap and good flights to Morocco to most airports by traveling with Easyjet, Ryanair, Thomsonfly...
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Posted: Fri Mar 20, 2009 12:59 pm Post subject: Re: Royal Air Maroc
A good starting point is to change the brand name i should be called Air Maroc not royal air maroc coz its far from royal and should cut links with the gov and palace Protocols, became fully independante privatized company . then and then u shall see masive reduction in prices. take for instance i fly up to 4 times a week in and out of morocco and air Maroc cant meet my needs and time flexibility they are so close to europe yet so far from taking full advantage from this proximity in my opinion it needs a total reorganisation, fire all the existing management staff and hire new staff from the moroccan cominity living or born abroad thats what the Moroccan Marketing and advertising market did and the results are outstanding.
Posted: Sat Mar 28, 2009 3:02 pm Post subject: Re: Royal Air Maroc
Truth - I don't know if you're just feeling patriotic towards the national carrier but these people are thieves plain & simple. The corporate world is a hard one so they either learn how the market works, or suffer the consequences. I'm pleased Moroccans are now voting with their feet & avoiding RAM.
The prices cannot be justified. Like Aziz says, go with the cheapest & let them rot. If you want passengers, you have to improve pricing policy & customer service. We were playing with the dates on the RAM site trying to find cheap dates for Easter as some returns are £63. Miraculously, we found that if you fly on Wed instead of Friday, that return changes to SIX HUNDRED POUNDS. What is that about? The same seat, the same flight. Why does it change???
Yes, its a hassle for families but needs must. We have 2 children & buggy etc. but still go with Easyjet. The change is worth it for the savings. Have lunch or coffee during the stopover & enjoy it like its part of the trip. For our flights next month its £120 each as opposed to £560 each with RAM. The benefit is clear. For us that's £1300 saved on flights & left to spend on ourselves. Even the flights for summer are £150 each with Easyjet or £230 odd for Iberia.
Save your sympathies for people who cant afford to fly to see their families because they are too scared to go on indirect routes. You reap what you sow & I totally agree with Mustapha. This is the price RAM pays for arrogance so now its time for a radical re-think of where they want the company to go befpre it goes under/
Posted: Tue Apr 14, 2009 8:24 am Post subject: Re: Royal Air Maroc
I have been boycotting Royal Air Maroc for the last 15 years. I am glad people are heading that way. I work at Terminal 2 at Heathrow and I can see everyday who is onthat flight. Guess what ? very few Moroccans, most of them are either Brits who have been conned by their trip ( and probably not going back) or Africans usuing Casa as a transit. YES they are trying to concentrate on the African Market now but it wont last, we will bring them to their knees if we ALL carry on using Easyjet and Ryanair. I went to Agadir on Ryanair on a couple of occasions and paid £ 60 the first time and £ 20 the second time ( tis is with all taxes), this is cheap and I will be happy to pay about 130 or 140 for a flight but RAM price for Agadir is £ 490 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
CALL TO ALL MOROCCANS IN THE UK AND AROUND THE WORLD. DO NOT USE RAM AGAIN UNTIL THEY UNDERSTAND ..............................
Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2009 12:08 am Post subject: Re: Royal Air Maroc
OK, i've worked in a travel agency and i know the ins and outs of booking a flight. The main problem Royal Air Maroc have is : 1) They are too big-headed with the pricing. Before all the low cost airlines came in, we where stuck with either BA or royal air maroc on direct flights. RAM used to force BA's price up by charging high ground handling fee's at Casa and Tanger. So they both where uncompetitive which is why BA now have pulled out of Morocco. If you fly easyjet or iberia to casablanca you will realise that all baggage and check-in is handled by MAR handling. This is a new company with MUCH lower prices compared to what RAM handling where charging. 2) Many moroccans reserve seats and dont pay for them. Thats why sometimes you can find a good price on royal air maroc and sometimes its just too expensive. When i was working at a travel agency as soon as a available seat class was found we would reserve it knowing we could sell it in 24 hours. Whenever buying a ticket online i always suggest this : Go to Opodo or kayak and search for your flights and the cheapest dates. Then go direct to the airline website. You should find the ticket cheaper on the airlines website as there is no commision charge.
Posted: Mon Oct 26, 2009 4:37 pm Post subject: Re: Royal Air Maroc
Yes, there are cheaper flights - but all of them outside the school holidays. Try some flights during xmas holiday or spring holiday and you'll see the difference - x2 or 3 times!!!! Of course nobody is questioning convenience - direct flights, hot food, departures from heathrow etc.
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