On Saturday, June 22, airport officials from Massport and airline officials from Royal Air Maroc celebrated the new international service between Boston, Massachusetts and Casablanca, Morocco.  It is the first nonstop route from Boston Logan International Airport to mainland Africa, and marks a new phase of the airport’s steady expansion that now includes 58 international non stop flights.

Massport Acting CEO John Pranckevicius said this partnership “will provide new opportunities for recreational travel, educational tours, and business development between New England and the Kingdom of Morocco.”

On its inaugural flight, Royal Air Maroc’s Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner received a traditional water cannon salute. The Moroccan flag was also raised during a ceremony at Logan’s Terminal E Hall of Flags. The carrier also plans to fly the 787-8 Dreamliner in subsequent trips. Flights to Casablanca are scheduled three times per week, on Monday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Casablanca is Morocco’s biggest city and the economic capital of the Kingdom. Located along the Atlantic Ocean, it is the home of the largest mosque in Africa, the Hassan II. The city also has one of the largest artificial ports in the world.

Hamid Addou, Royal Air Maroc President and CEO said the airline was “very excited to launch the Casablanca–Boston line operated by 787 Dreamliner aircraft, adding that the new route will “strengthen our network in the U.S. and bring the African continent closer to North America through our hub in Casablanca.”

Boston is Royal Air Maroc’s fourth destination in the United States, along with New York, Miami and Washington.

Due to its strong political stability and economic progress, Morocco was named the most attractive country in Africa for investors, according to a survey by Ernst & Young in 2017. Visitors in Morocco can see ancient Roman ruins, travel the Sahara desert, explore the historic streets of Old Fez, and shop for colorful handmade arts and crafts.

According to U.S. Census figures, the greater Boston area is home to over 6,000 Moroccan immigrants, among the largest concentration of Moroccan-born residents in the U.S.

The Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) owns and operates Boston Logan International Airport, public terminals in the Port of Boston, Hanscom Field and Worcester Regional Airport. Massport is a public authority whose premier transportation facilities generate more than $18 billion annually, and enhance and enable economic growth and vitality in New England. For more information please visit massport.com.