Category Archives: Air Belgium (2nd)

Air Belgium takes delivery of its first Airbus A330neo

Air Belgium, the full-service international destination carrier headquartered in Mont-Saint-Guibert in Belgium, has taken delivery of the first of two Airbus A330-900 (OO-ABF, msn 1861).

The aircraft is configured with 286 seats in a three-class layout (30 comfortable lie-flat business class,  21 premium-class,  and 235 economy-class seats). The aircraft is furnished with the Airbus Airspace cabin. All seats are equipped with the latest-generation, in-flight entertainment system, on-board wifi and mood lighting.

Air Belgium will deploy the aircraft on routes connecting Brussels to long-haul destinations.

The Belgian carrier currently operates an all-Airbus widebody fleet comprising A330-200F and A340-300; the A340s will be gradually replaced by the A330neos.

Air Belgium’s first Airbus A330-900 completes its first flight

Air Belgium’s first Airbus A330neo made its first flight. The A330-941 carries the temporary registration of F-WWKQ (msn 1861). It will become OO-ABF on delivery.

Air Belgium previously announced an agreement with Airbus for the delivery of two new A330-900 aircraft starting this autumn 2021.

These new aircraft will gradually replace two Air Belgium A340s. The first A330neo will fly every Tuesday and Friday from Brussels Airport to Mauritius as of October 15, 2021.

Air Belgium’s first Airbus A330-900 (A330neo)

Airbus has released the first photos of Air Belgium’s first A330-900 which has rolled out of the paint shop.

The pictured F-WWKQ will become OO-ABG (msn 1861) on delivery.

A second (OO-ABF, msn 1844) will follow.

Photo: Airbus.

Air Belgium modernizes its fleet with two new Airbus A330-900 aircraft

Air Belgium announces an agreement with Airbus for the delivery of two new A330-900 aircraft starting this autumn 2021. These new aircraft will gradually replace two Air Belgium A340s (below).

The first A330neo will fly every Tuesday and Friday from Brussels Airport to Mauritius as of October 15, 2021.

The A330neo is the latest and most advanced version of the long line of Airbus A330s. Making good use of advanced materials, it features new optimized wings more efficient and cost-effective Rolls-Royce Trent 7000 engines and benefits from the newest technologies developed for the A350. These improvements contribute to reducing fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 25% compared to previous generation aircraft. The new Airspace cabin on the A330neo offers passengers and crew a futuristic design, increased overhead bin space, soothing and soft LED lighting scenarios and advanced in-flight entertainment features. It is the lowest cabin noise level in its category. The new aircraft are configured in three classes (Business, Premium and Eco) and carry 286 passengers compared to 265 on the current A340.

The first A330neo from Brussels Airport to Mauritius

The first NEO will be introduced on the new route between Brussels Airport and Mauritius on October 15, 2021. The second aircraft will enter service by the end of November and will reinforce the 2021/2022 winter destination program.

Air Belgium to resume passenger operations on July 2, will add Curaçao

Air Belgium (2nd) has made this announcement:

Since the sanitary crisis outbreak, Belgian and international governments have implemented measures and restrictions that are constantly evolving. A clear and long-term outlook is difficult to obtain. In this context, Air Belgium has decided to anticipate future developments and to operate all its passenger flights as from July 2nd. Furthermore, to complete its flights to the French Antilles, Air Belgium collaborates with Air Caraïbes and will fly to Curaçao, an island in the Netherlands Antilles, as from July 3rd.

The aviation industry still suffers from a crucial lack of perspective. Air Belgium, as all citizens, is compelled to follow day-to-day changes and developments. The airline is constantly trying to adjust without being able to foresee the consequences of the announcements and decisions taken by the various authorities, whether Belgian, French and/or Caribbean. For this reason and after careful consideration, Air Belgium prefers to plan for a resumption of its passenger flights to the Caribbean from July 2nd.

“We prefer to choose wisdom since, on the Belgian side, the requirement to present essential reasons for traveling has already been extended twice since the beginning of this year 2021. Also, Martinique has just been reclassified as a red zone by Belgium and joins Guadeloupe, which has also been a red zone for a few weeks. At the same time, the French government still imposes compelling reasons to travel to Guadeloupe and Martinique. According to information received and collected from local stakeholders, these compelling travel conditions are not expected to be lifted for several weeks”, Niky Terzakis, CEO d’Air Belgium.

Air Belgium expects that by July 2nd, the various vaccination campaigns and the implementation of the European Vaccination Certificate will have progressed and will allow free travel within the European Union, of which Martinique and the Islands of Guadeloupe are part.

To provide more flexibility for travelers who may need to reschedule, Air Belgium is pleased to confirm that they will not interrupt their flight schedule to Fort-de-France during the months of September and October 2021. Flights to Martinique will be operated continuously from July 2nd onwards. Flights to the islands of Guadeloupe will resume on July 2nd and will also operate continuously except from September 1st to October 15th, 2021.

A new route to the Caribbean starting on July 3rd: Curaçao

Air Belgium is expanding its services to the Caribbean by launching a flight from Brussels Charleroi airport to Curaçao via Fort-de-France airport in Martinique.

After launching flights to the French Antilles in December 2019, it is a logical step for the airline to offer the Netherlands Antilles. While the French Antilles naturally attract more French-speaking customers (from Belgium or northern France), the Netherlands Antilles appeal more to Dutch-speaking customers (from Belgium or southern Netherlands).

Flights to Curaçao are now open for booking and will take off on July 3rd. The flight time between Fort-de-France and Curaçao is one hour and thirty minutes. Passengers in transit to/from Curaçao remain on board the aircraft during the stopover in Fort-de-France.

“Although the current crisis is affecting us terribly, we remain committed to resuming and expanding our operations. We have taken advantage of the last few weeks to work on developing new destinations as well as increasing our fleet through the successful launch of cargo operations to complement our core business. It is with great pleasure that we offer our passengers the opportunity to fly to the beautiful island of Curaçao in the Netherlands Antilles from July onwards”, Niky Terzakis, CEO d’Air Belgium.

Air Belgium has been operating cargo flights for CMA CGM Air Cargo.

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CMA CGM Air Cargo paints its first aircraft

Operated by Air Belgium (2nd)

CMA CGM Air Cargo of France has painted its first aircraft at Dublin, the pictured Airbus A330-243 (F) OO-CMA (msn 1688). The aircraft was formerly operated by Qatar Airways as A7-AFI. It was delivered on February 15.

The freighter will be operated for CMA CGM by Air Belgium (2nd) and will be based at Liege.

OO-CMA is the first A330 of four.

As previously reported, the airline is planning to begin operations starting on March 8, 2021 with the first Airbus A330-200F cargo flight between Liege and Chicago (O’Hare).

Copyright Photo: CMA CGM Air Cargo (Air Belgium 2nd) Airbus A330-243 (F) OO-CMA (msn 1688) DUB (Greenwing). Image: 953002.

 

CMA CGM Air Cargo to operate its first flight on March 8 from Liege to Chicago

CMA CGM Air Cargo has made this announcement:

  • Start of commercial operations for CMA CGM AIR CARGO’s first Airbus A330-200F
  • Opening of a regular route between Liege and Chicago on March 8
  • CMA CGM chooses Air Belgium to operate its fleet, Groupe ECS as commercial agent and is developing a blocked space agreement with CEVA Logistics

The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, announces that its new specialist air freight division CMA CGM AIR CARGO is to begin operations starting March 8, 2021 with the first Airbus A330-200F cargo flight between Liege and Chicago.

Liege-Chicago, CMA CGM AIR CARGO’s first regular route

CMA CGM AIR CARGO’s first Airbus A330-200F will begin regular commercial operations from Liege, Belgium, to Chicago, United States. It will be joined on March 16 by a second Airbus A330-200F that will also serve the U.S. market, doubling the total offered capacity.

CMA CGM has chosen Air Belgium and Liege airport as the strategic base for its operations

CMA CGM AIR CARGO will rely on the expertise of Air Belgium to operate the aircraft in its fleet. This dynamic airline has a recognized air freight transportation team.

CMA CGM’s Airbus A330-200Fs will be based at Liege, one of Europe’s busiest freight hubs, strategically located in the heart of a large population center and benefiting from a number of intermodal transportation options: air, shipping, road and rail.

Two specialists in air freight and logistics to market CMA CGM AIR CARGO’s services

The CMA CGM Group has decided to rely on the expertise of two European companies to market its services and operate its aircraft.

ECS Group, a leading GSA, will be in charge of marketing CMA CGM AIR CARGO’s services.

The CMA CGM Group has also decided to develop a blocked space agreement on board its aircraft with its subsidiary CEVA Logistics.

Note: The four Airbus A330-200F freighters were previously operated by Qatar Airways and are being painted at Dublin.

Air Belgium fleet will soon expand with the arrival of cargo aircraft

Air Belgium (2nd) has made this announcement:

Air Belgium has announced that it will soon introduce 4 cargo aircraft (no aircraft types specified) with an ambition of 6 units by the end of 2021.

The first two aircraft should be operational as of March 2021. The first aircraft will be based at Liege Airport.

At the same time, the airline will of course continue its passenger flights to the French West Indies.

In such an uncertain period, this is good news for the airline. We are delighted to be able to begin this diversification into the commercial and cargo sector, which my team and I know well. This will complement our existing passenger business which has been severely impacted by the current travel restrictions. This demonstrates once again the resilience and flexibility of our airline’s development potential. As well as the ever-growing attractiveness of Liege Airport.” – CEO of Air Belgium, Niky Terzakis.

In other news, Air Belgium has announced a delay in its new route to Mauritius, which was due to start in mid-December 2020, will not start until March 30, 2021.

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Air Belgium suspends flights to the French West Indies until March 1, 2021

Air Belgium (2nd) has made this announcement:

The recent decisions of the Belgian government announced late on January 22, 2021 confirmed the travel ban, except for essential reasons. These new measures unfortunately force us to temporarily suspend our flights to and from the French West Indies from January 30 until  March 1, 2021.

Therefore, we would like to inform you of the following.

– Our flights scheduled from January 26th to 29th will be operated.

– Our passengers who were scheduled to travel on our routes between January 30 and  March 1 can of course postpone their trip free of charge to a later date and under the same conditions or be reimbursed (For a period of one year from the original planned travel date and within the same seasonality).

– Our flights are suspended from January 30 until March 1, 2021. Our passengers who have a scheduled return flight to Belgium or the French West Indies after January 30 will be redirected to another airline.

We would like to bring to your attention that from January 27 until March 1 travel for recreational/tourist purposes to/from Belgium is no longer permitted. Passengers must be able to justify their travel for an essential reason (https://centredecrise.be/…/le-comite-de-concertation-se-pro…).

In view of the number of people to be accommodated, we deal with changes individually and in order of priority based on the closest dates. We thank you for your understanding and patience.

Although the return to a settled situation is taking longer than we all hoped for, we remain optimistic and determined to resume our operations as soon as possible. We thank you again for your trust and wish you to stay healthy and enjoy the good times.

We look forward to seeing you soon,

The Air Belgium team