Updated on September 25, 2019.

Moroccan flag carrier Royal Air Maroc is planning a non-stop service between Casablanca and Beijing’s new Daxing Airport that could launch as early as before the end of this year, Business Traveller Asia-Pacific understands.

The Civil Aviation Administration of China (CAAC) approved the new service in April. The airline has confirmed that it will launch the new Casablanca-Beijing Daxing route on January 16, 2020. Below is the schedule of the thrice-weekly service:

Flight No. From To Departs Arrives Days
AT230 Casablanca (CMN) Beijing Daxing (PKX) 1700 1155 (+1) Monday, Thursday, Saturday
AT231 Beijing Daxing (PKX) Casablanca (CMN) 1355 1955 Tuesday, Friday, Sunday

Royal Air Maroc will use a 302-seater Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner on this route, with 26 business class seats.

Morocco launched a visa exemption for Chinese citizens in 2016. About 180,000 Chinese tourists visited the North African country in 2018, according to Xinhuanet.The carrier is also considering non-stop flights to Shanghai Pudong and Guangzhou in the next few years, reports CAPA, which revealed information about the route on July 16.

Royal Air Maroc currently flies to over 80 destinations in Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. The airline is now flying Boeing 767-300ERs, 787-8s and 787-9s on its long-haul flights.

China will be the Moroccan national carrier’s first destination in Asia. It’s also set to join Oneworld in mid-2020 as the airline alliance’s first African full member airline.