Royal Air Maroc to join oneworld frequent-flyer alliance

Royal Air Maroc's first Boeing 787 is seen at Boeing's factory in Everett, Wash., just ahead of its delivery to the airline on Dec. 31, 2014. (Photo: Boeing)

Royal Air Maroc will become the newest member of the oneworld frequent-flyer alliance.

The carrier will become a full member of the group, with its entry into the alliance expected to come by “mid-2020,” the oneworld alliance announced Wednesday afternoon.

Royal Air Maroc will become the 14th full member of oneworld, which includes American and British Airways as two of its anchor carriers. The group’s other full members are Cathay Pacific, Finnair, Iberia, Japan Airlines, LATAM, Malaysia Airlines, Qantas, Qatar Airways, Royal Jordanian, SriLankan and Russian carrier S7.

TODAY IN THE SKY: Royal Air Maroc will fly Dreamliners between Washington Dulles and Casablanca

Oneworld also announced on Wednesday that Fiji Airways will join as part of its “oneworld connect” program that confers partial frequent-flyer benefits but stops short of adding the carrier as a full member.

But it’s the addition of Royal Air Maroc that was the headlining announcement of the day.

With Royal Air Maroc, oneworld gains its first full-member airline to be based in Africa. South Africa’s Comair, which flies under the British Airways brand, already belongs to oneworld as an affiliate member.

The addition marks oneworld’s first new full member since 2012, when Qatar Airways announced it would join the group.

TODAY IN THE SKY: Royal Air Maroc shows off Boeing 787 Dreamliner at Washington Dulles (story continues below)

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