Royal Air Maroc (AT, Casablanca Mohamed V) has signed a lease contract with Air Lease Corporation covering four B737-8s and one B737-800, all with 2024 delivery dates.

The aircraft will join Royal Air Maroc's existing fleet of two B737-8s and twenty-eight B737-800s. All five new aircraft will deliver from Air Lease Corporation's existing Boeing (BOE, Washington National) order book and portfolio. The lessor currently has a single B737-800 placed with the state-owned carrier.

RAM intends to expand its fleet in the coming years and recently disclosed plans to procure seven B737-8s and three B787s through finance leases. Local media reported, with no official confirmation from any of the parties, that RAM also agreed to acquire two E190s, four B737-8s, two B787-8s, and two B787-9s directly from Embraer (EMB, São José dos Campos Professor Urbano Ernesto Stumpf) and Boeing.

The airline did not respond to ch-aviation's request for comment on whether the ALC contract was signed as a result of the tender for the seven B737s or is incremental to the previously disclosed plans.

Besides the current fleet of B737s, RAM also operates four E190s, five B787-8s, four B787-9s, and a single B767-300ER(BCF), the ch-aviation fleets module shows. It also wet-leases two A320-200s (one each from Nouvelair and White), one A330-200 from Air Belgium, and one A340-300 from Hi Fly Malta to supplement its summertime capacity, while Royal Air Maroc Express operates six ATR72-600s.

According to inside information reported by the Hespress news website, the airline aims to expand its network to include Oran Ahmed Ben Bella, Khartoum, Addis Ababa International, Kigali, Dar es Salaam, Kuwait, Muscat, Athens, Bilbao, Alicante, Faro, Florence Peretola, Catania, Lille Lesquin, Warsaw Chopin, Budapest, Dublin International, Copenhagen Kastrup, Berlin Brandenburg International, Oslo Gardermoen, Düsseldorf, Stuttgart Manfred Rommel, Hamburg Helmut Schmidt, Prague Václav Havel, Vienna, Stockholm Arlanda, Bucharest Henri Coanda, and Birmingham, GB.