20th August 2017 - Terminal 5, Casablanca Mohammed V AirportThis press conference will be a short presentation for the general public to discover more about Moroccan national carrier, Desert Airways. Inspired by Tianjin Sky: http://community.air...ky/#entry102302
Welcome everyone, to the monthly presentation of Desert Airways, the national carrier of Morocco. We will answer frequently asked questions by fans, travelers and potential investors in order to give you a clearer picture of the Desert Group.Q: How has the fleet expanded since the last press conference and if so what routes will these new planes be serving?
The fleet has grown quite considerably since the last update; 1 ATR 72-600, 1 CRJ 700LR, 1 CRJ 200ER and 2 LET 410UVP's (leased out to Desert Connect). The ATR will continue adding services to the ever-popular cities of Marrakesh and Agadir meaning we have 182 and 98 deps/week respectively between these cities and our main hub in Casablanca. The 700LR will add new destinations including Perpignan and Clermont-Ferrand as well as adding frequency to Lisbon, Malaga and Bilbao after hundreds of requests from passengers who were fed up of the fully-booked flights. However, the 200ER is where the excitement and speculation should be aimed. A new chapter is dawning for connectivity throughout the Sahel and West African regions. This plane will boost services to Nouakchott, as well as adding the under-served cities of Nouhidabou and Conakry, which only have a few flights serving them ever day (only to Dakar and Abidjan). Passengers will be able to connect seamlessly to our flights to France, where no doubt a lot of them will be heading.
CRJ 200ER in Desert Airways livery:
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1 downloadsQ: Desert Airways services have been deemed inferior to the likes of French Caribbean Link and X1 International in the past. What are your plans for improving on the quality of the services the airline provides?
Today, we are proud to announce our new business class, as well as our new frequent flyer program.
Atlas Club (business class) will provide exquisite service throughout our network, with all flights containing complimentary food and drink (longer flights serving alcohol), free access to our world-class lounge at Casablanca, reclining 'ultra-comfort' seats and our brand new in-flight entertainment system: CloudView.
CloudView will offer hundreds of movies and TV shows including the latest blockbusters and dozens of games to keep the kids entertained. A wide variety of Arabic films are also on offer, all containing subtitles (mainly English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Italian and German but more are on offer for other countries). There is also a broad range of music to listen to, from Moroccan folk music, to Taylor Swift's latest album.
For domestic and short haul flights, Atlas Club passengers will be served a range of soft drinks, a range of snacks provided by Desert Deli, a renowned refreshments company owned by the Desert Group. For the main meal a choice of either a tangy couscous salad or a butternut & harissa hummus with fresh Moroccan vegetables will be served.
Our delicious couscous salad, is served to Atlas Club on all our flights:
For longer flights, Atlas Club members will be able to have a good nights sleep with our Lie-Flat 140 seats. Alcohol is complimentary on longer services for Atlas Club as well as fresh-cooked meals, designed by the Moroccan culinary mastermind: Moha Fedal. A comforting cauliflower & spiced almond soup is served to sate the appetite, followed by a choice of either Tabbouleh with fish or a pumpkin, cranberry & red onion tagine.
Atlas Club members will be able to use the brand new Desert Lounge, located within Terminal 5 in Casablanca Mohammed V Airport. The lounge includes: private check-in desks, a spa with natural ingredients from the north, comfortable seating, a buffet featuring traditional Moroccan dishes, private baggage screening and a chauffeur service straight from the lounge to the plane doors.
We are also proud to present our frequent flyer program. Customers with an Atlas Card can now earn Desert Points (DP) which can be used both in-flight and airport side to buy a wide variety of goods. A tier based system is still work-in-progress but below you will find how many points each class earns:
Economy Class: 15% of kilometers flown (e.g. CMN-ORY is 1869 km, so economy travelers will earn 280 DP)
Atlas Club: 35% of kilometers flown (e.g. CMN-ORY is 1869 km, so Atlas Club travelers will earn 654 DP)
Here is a rough list of how much certain items will cost:
Coca-Cola 330ml: 60 DP
Maghreb Snack Box: 180 DP
Gucci Bamboo 50ml: 1950 DP
Economy ticket from Casablanca to Paris Orly: 6920 DP
Atlas Club ticket from Casablanca to Paris Orly: 21680 DP
Atlas Card (excuse the quality it was briefly made in MS Paint):
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That concludes today's press conference,
Billy - CEO of Desert Airways
Edited by BlueYoda8, 20.08.2017 - 23:30.