18th June 2017
Okay, so it has been a bit longer than a fortnight but oh well. Several things have happened since the last blog post, some of the major and some minor. First of all we have added seven new aircraft to the fleet, including 2 new ATR 72's (one -500 and the other -600), three CRJ 700's (1 of which is an ER variant) and 2 CRJ 900's. These planes will serve several new destinations, most notably Tripoli, Ibiza, Tenerife South and London Gatwick. The CRJ 700 is proving to be a favorite for both the passengers and the Desert Airways staff. The type has a good range and a seat capacity of 70 passengers, allowing us to serve smaller airports within France and Spain.
Secondly, we have started a new subsidiary to serve the smaller airports within the Maghreb region from Marrakesh and Casablanca. The regional carrier is called Desert Connect and after two difficult weeks, this coming week looks like the airline will turn a profit.
Thirdly, we are is negotiations to join an undisclosed alliance which should be finalized in the coming days. This will provide extra connectivity for passengers travelling to and from Morocco, allowing more passengers from Europe to reach both North and Sub-Saharan Africa.
Plans for a new terminal for the Desert Group at Casablanca are being formed and construction should begin shortly. At first, the terminal will be able to provide for passengers travelling to and from France but this will later be expanded so that the entire Desert Group can use it (as well as members of the undisclosed alliance!).
Desert Airways is also planning to buy out some of its leased planes, but this will be costly and take several months. However, the economics in the long run will be beneficial and so this looks like a good move.
Billy - CEO of Desert Airways