Flight review: Air Arabia from Montpellier to Casablanca in Economy

Flight
3O336
Aircraft
Airbus A320-200
Registration
CN-NMI
Class
Economy
Seat
03F
Date
18/10/2020
Flight time
02:15

  Trip to Morocco

Air Arabia Montpellier (MPL)  →  Casablanca (CMN) A320-200 Economy Class 18/10/2020 Current review

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  Trip to Morocco

Air Arabia Montpellier (MPL)  →  Casablanca (CMN) A320-200 Economy Class 18/10/2020 Current review

Introduction

Hello everyone! I am meeting you this morning at Montpellier-Méditerranée Airport for a flight to Casablanca-Mohamed V in Morocco, allowing me to breathe for a few days and to get out of this anxiety-filled atmosphere in France due to the sanitary crisis.


Departure airport

Sunday 18th October, here I am at Montpellier, after a smooth car journey, I enter the check-in area at around 7:30 am. The check-in process goes smoothly (presentation of the Covid-test, passport, health form...). We get our tickets and we go now to the duty-free after passing through security…

Flight review: Air Arabia from Montpellier to Casablanca in Economy Flight review: Air Arabia from Montpellier to Casablanca in Economy Flight review: Air Arabia from Montpellier to Casablanca in Economy

What a surprise when you arrive in the new Montpellier duty-free! Clean and modern, it promotes regional products (Languedoc-Roussillon) with, in front, a large window that offers a magnificent view of the taxiway! There is also a relaxation area to promote a TV series filmed in Montpellier.

Flight review: Air Arabia from Montpellier to Casablanca in Economy Flight review: Air Arabia from Montpellier to Casablanca in Economy

Boarding

After passing the passport control, I head to the boarding gate. After about ten minutes of waiting (while spotting the few planes on the tarmac), I boarded first by jetway…

Flight review: Air Arabia from Montpellier to Casablanca in Economy Flight review: Air Arabia from Montpellier to Casablanca in Economy Flight review: Air Arabia from Montpellier to Casablanca in Economy

My seat is the 3F, so I have a good view of the wing and the engine. Boarding at first, I thought I was alone on the flight, but of course, the flight was full (the MPL-CMN route being one of the most important in Montpellier). The seats are quite spacious with a tray table and the Air Arabia A320 safety card.

Flight review: Air Arabia from Montpellier to Casablanca in Economy Flight review: Air Arabia from Montpellier to Casablanca in Economy Flight review: Air Arabia from Montpellier to Casablanca in Economy

Taxi and take-off

During the taxi to the runway, soft music comes to soothe us, allowing the nervous passengers to relax. My window seat still allows me to enjoy a breathtaking view of the pond. We then take off towards Casablanca at 10:10 am.

Flight review: Air Arabia from Montpellier to Casablanca in Economy Flight review: Air Arabia from Montpellier to Casablanca in Economy

Cruising

The meal is not included in the ticket but it is possible to buy a snack (sandwich, crisps, beverages, coffee...) thanks to the Buy On Board service.

I continue to enjoy the beautiful view, especially on the Hispano-Moroccan border which offers a magnificent view of the Strait of Gibraltar, the Mediterranean Sea, and the Atlantic Ocean.

Flight review: Air Arabia from Montpellier to Casablanca in Economy Flight review: Air Arabia from Montpellier to Casablanca in Economy

Approach and arrival

We then start the approach to the fields of the Moroccan hinterland.

Flight review: Air Arabia from Montpellier to Casablanca in Economy

After a two-hour flight, we are landing at 11:30 am! We are then taxiing to the gate, which is between two Boeing giants: a Royal Air Maroc 787 and a Turkish Airlines 777.

Flight review: Air Arabia from Montpellier to Casablanca in Economy Flight review: Air Arabia from Montpellier to Casablanca in Economy Flight review: Air Arabia from Montpellier to Casablanca in Economy Flight review: Air Arabia from Montpellier to Casablanca in Economy

After disembarking, I head for the Moroccan customs, which are very strict regarding entering the territory. To my great surprise, there was hardly anyone compared to a normal situation (without COVID). My passport and my boarding pass were checked 3 times once on the ground (at customs, before the luggage claim, and when living the Terminal). It was very hot outside during this month of October!

Flight review: Air Arabia from Montpellier to Casablanca in Economy

Conclusion

I can only say good things about this flight. An extremely smooth and quiet flight, with no trouble and remarkable punctuality! However, it is a pity that Air Arabia's A320s are not equipped with USB ports and Wi-Fi. The cabin crew was very nice and allowed me to visit the cockpit (while deboarding). This explains the excellent rating given to the crew.


Ratings

4.6/5
Cleanliness
5/5
Accessibility and orientation
4.5/5
Efficiency
5/5
Services
4/5
Cabin and comfort
3.7/5
Entertainment
1.8/5
Food and beverages
2.9/5
Crew
5/5
Cleanliness
4/5
Accessibility and orientation
3.5/5
Efficiency
4.5/5
Services
N/A

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