This review details a Royal Air Maroc economy class flight from Barcelona (BCN) to Casablanca (CMN) on a Boeing 737-800.
After a longish wait for check-in and a visit to the solid Joan Miró VIP Lounge, it was finally time to board my Royal Air Maroc flight to Casablanca.
I was excited about this flight as it was my first time flying with Royal Air Maroc.
Royal Air Maroc flights depart from Terminal 1, the largest and most modern of the two airport terminals at Barcelona Airport.
It was a pleasant walk through the terminal to reach my boarding gate, stopping a few times at the floor-to-ceiling windows for some plane spotting.
My Royal Air Maroc flight from Barcelona to Casablanca would be operated by a Boeing 737-800.
This narrow-body plane forms the backbone of Royal Air Maroc’s fleet and and is primarily used for their short-haul flights.
Boarding started on time, with priority given to business class passengers and oneworld Sapphire and Emerald status holders.
Barcelona (BCN) to Casablanca (CMN)
Royal Air Maroc – Flight AT961 – Boeing 737-800
Plane registration number: CN-ROT
Economy Class – Seat 8A
Departure: 7.55pm – Arrival: 8.10pm
Flight time: 2h15m – Distance: 762 miles
Price: 81 euro
Boeing 737-800 cabin
All Royal Air Maroc Boeing 737-800s have the same cabin configuration.
In the front section of the plane you have business class with 3 rows of leather recliner seats in a 2-2 configuration, which totals 12 seats.
A fixed bulkhead separates business class from the economy class cabin, which has 147 seats in a standard 3-3 configuration.
Although the cabin looked nice with the dark leather seats, bulkhead patterns and red curtains, there was however quite some wear and tear.
Royal Air Maroc economy seat
The economy class seats on the Royal Air Maroc Boeing 737-800 may show some signs of wear and tear as well, but they are certainly comfortable.
With so many airlines around the world now using slimline seats in economy class, it’s good to see an aeroplane with good old-fashioned leather seats.
These seats have firm backrests, are well-padded and provide a good amount of legroom.
The seat pitch was great as well in the bulkhead row which I had selected.
We pushed back from our departure gate on time, with the plane appearing to be only two-thirds full in economy class.
After a relatively short distance of taxiing over the apron, the plane lined up on the runway, ready for departure.
Despite the cloudy weather, the take-off views over Barcelona were absolutely stunning and from the port side of the plane I had some great views over the mouth of the Llobregat River and the harbour.
Food and drinks
Meal service commenced almost immediately after reaching cruising altitude.
Royal Air Maroc offers complimentary food and drinks in economy class, which is certainly appreciated considering that there aren’t many other airlines in the region left that provide free food and drinks.
On this flight from Barcelona to Casablanca, Royal Air Maroc provided a complimentary meal that included a chicken sandwich, cake, and yoghurt.
Such a snack service is standard for short-haul flights longer than one hour in duration.
However, if your flight is longer than 2 hours and 45 minutes, you will get a full warm meal on board.
According to the Royal Air Maroc website, alcoholic beverages are available in economy class.
However, on this flight from Barcelona to Casablanca, I opted for a coke instead as I had already consumed my share of alcohol in the lounge prior to departure.
The meal provided was of pretty good quality, and the service during the meal service was friendly.
In-flight entertainment on the Royal Air Maroc Boeing 737-800 is limited to the overhead monitors showing the flight map.
Alternatively, you can browse the in-flight magazine or just admire the views from the window.
The plane doesn’t have any power sockets or USB charging ports, nor was it equipped with Wi-Fi internet.
Time flew by quickly, and before I knew it, we had already crossed the Mediterranean Sea and began our descent towards Casablanca.
There were some cool night views over a couple of Moroccan cities before we landed at Casablanca Mohammed V International Airport, the country’s main airport.
Arrival in Casablanca
Our Boeing 737-800 came to a stop at a remote parking spot near the main terminal building.
As a result, we had to disembark using stairs and then take a bus to the terminal building.
Although a minor inconvenience, it did provide me with an opportunity to capture one final photo of the Royal Air Maroc Boeing 737-800 before boarding the bus.
Fortunately the queues at passport control were light and the immigration officer didn’t make a problem of the ragged look of my passport – which was one of my fears embarking on this trip as I heard they can be strict about this in Morocco.
I had a perfectly pleasant flight in Royal Air Maroc’s economy class aboard its Boeing 737-800.
Although these planes might be relatively old and have some wear and tear, the seat comfort and pitch is good.
I do appreciate the fact that Royal Air Maroc does still serve complimentary food and drinks in economy class as well.
If you talk to Moroccans, many will complain about the reliability of Royal Air Maroc, but when everything runs smoothly like it did on my Barcelona to Casablanca flight, the airline offers a very good economy class product.
Trip report index
This article is part of the ‘Qatar Airways Qsuites Adventure to Casablanca‘ trip report, which consists of the following chapters:
1. A Stopover Walk Through Barcelona
2. Review: Joan Miró VIP Lounge Barcelona Airport
3. Review: Royal Air Maroc Economy Class Barcelona to Casablanca (current chapter)
4. Taking the Casablanca Airport Train: The Cheap Way Into the City
5. Review: Ibis Casa Voyageurs Hotel, Casablanca
6. Casablanca: Is Morocco’s Biggest City Worth a Visit?
7. Review: Royal Air Maroc Zenith VIP Lounge Casablanca Airport
** rest of the chapters to follow soon **