Category Archives: Air Belgium (2nd)

Air Belgium resumes flights to the Caribbean

Air Belgium today (July 15) is relaunching its regular scheduled flights from South Charleroi Airport to Martinique and Guadeloupe.

Flight KF5961 departed to Fort-de-France and Pointe-à-Pitre at 10:45 am and will operate two days a week this summer.

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Air Belgium reports positive results for 2019, announces new routes

Air Belgium has announced positive results for the year of 2019 along with its future destinations and new services for travelers, as well as the upcoming resumption of its regular flights to the French West Indies.

1. 2019 financial results and trends for 2020

2019 was marked by a major turnaround year with a well-deserved positive result. After a first complicated 2019 trimester, the actions undertaken as well as the reorientation and diversification of its activities, enabled the Company to end the year 2019 with a pre-tax profit of €5.6 M and a sales revenue of €62.5 M. This trend was confirmed in the first quarter of 2020 with a 50% increase in turnover during the same period of the preceding year.

Although Air Belgium is facing the worldwide COVID-19 crisis, its aircraft have never been grounded and have continued to operate commercial activities from Brussels and Liège Airports. To date Air Belgium employs more than 350 people, has not made any layoffs, and does not foresee any. The Company is making every effort possible to recover and to move forward.

Winter Season 2019-2020

The launch of new scheduled flights between Belgium and the French West Indies got off to a very encouraging start. This new route responded to a real market expectation. An historical increase of 80% on the market size to Martinique and Guadeloupe was therefore observed.

Belgian customers represent 65% of the Air Belgium passengers to the French West Indies followed by France and Luxemburg with 25%. Jointly, the Netherlands and Germany constitute the remaining 10%. This success confirms and validates the strategic choice of Brussels Charleroi Airport for this market.

Summer Season 2020

Continued flights for the summer season of 2020 was looking up until the COVID-19 crisis forced to suspend flights.

Nonetheless, reservations for summer are fruitful and since the end of the lockdown a very encouraging upturn of bookings for the Caribbean is observed. Half of these new bookings are for the period of July and August and the other half for the 2020 winter season. Demands remain strong and the number of potential travellers is very high.

Since a few weeks already, Air Belgium is definitely and resolutely ready to resume its regular flights to the French West Indies. The recent decisions of the French Authorities have unfortunately forced to postpone the first flight to July 15th, 2020. Air Belgium is feeling concerned by the situation and would like an immediate restart of its operations.

The airline had anticipated the resumption of its flights and put in place a series of health measures to protect its passengers and staff and to give everyone including the Authorities all guarantees of prevention. Onboard Service is also temporarily modified to ensure an optimal level of safety.

The summer schedule for flights to Guadeloupe and Martinique planned for July 15th, remains in line with the schedule operated before the COVID-19 crisis. Departures from Brussels Charleroi Airport are every Wednesday and Saturday and taking off at 10:45 AM local time.

2. Opening of new routes leading to new destinations

Winter Season 2020

French West Indies: Expansion continues

As of November 20th, 2020, Air Belgium will double its flights frequency. In regards to the market interest and positive results since the launch in December 2019, the airline completes and broadens its offer by operating direct flights to and from Fort-de-France and Pointe-à-Pitre. Flight schedules are as follows: direct flights to Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe, every Tuesday and Friday; direct flights to Fort-de-France in Martinique, every Wednesday and Saturday.

The signing of a commercial agreement with Air Caraïbes opens the doors of Saint-Lucia and Saint-Martin

Air Belgium and Air Caraïbes have signed a commercial agreement enabling Air Belgium to offer new destinations in the southern Caribbean with connections from Pointe-à-Pitre and Fort-de-France to the beautiful islands of Saint-Martin and Saint-Lucia.

This agreement also offers more flexibility to Air Belgium passengers who will now benefit from flights to Martinique and Guadeloupe four times a week.

New destinations in 2020 and 2021

In addition to the connections offered with Air Caraïbes to Saint Lucia and Saint Martin, the 2020 winter season will be marked by the launch of regular direct flights to a new destination.

Mauritius Island

As from mid-December, Air Belgium will fly twice a week to Mauritius. Bookings will be open very soon this summer. The launch of these new direct flights from Belgium with a three-class configuration are an alternative to the flights departing from Paris or stopover flights via the Middle East.

Scheduled to depart from Brussels National airport every Tuesday and Friday evening, these new flights will enable Belgian passengers to benefit from a significantly shorter flight journey, avoiding stopovers while enjoying the “Belgian Class” service of Air Belgium. Mauritius is a very popular destination for tourism in the Indian Ocean and attracts many Belgian tourists every year including several who possess a second residence on the island.

New horizons for 2021

Summer Season 2021

Air Belgium ambitions the launch of new routes in 2021 and will offer scheduled flights to:

The Dutch Antilles

The United States

Winter Season 2021

The airline is foreseeing its extension with a first destination on the African continent.

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Air Belgium urges passengers to not fly until at least April 30, adds return flights from the Caribbean

Air Belgium (2nd) issued this statement:

We are preparing for the eventuality of flights restrictions and limited access to destination airports.

In this regard, we are urging passengers booked to fly from March 18, 2020 until April 30, 2020 to postpone their travel from Belgium to a later date, with exception for passengers residing in the French West Indies and wish to return home.

We are aware of some hotels closing at destinations and with the view to speed up the return of all travellers from Guadeloupe and Martinique, we are adding flight and capacity addition to our scheduled flights this week.

We are trying to reach out to all passengers concerned either directly or via their travel agency or tour operator.

We will continue to communicate in the coming hours and days.

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Air Belgium to offer direct return flights to Martinique and Guadeloupe

Air Belgium (2nd) has made this announcement:

Starting in winter 2020, Air Belgium will increase its volume of flights to Martinique and the islands of Guadeloupe.

Air Belgium had already extended its two weekly flights to the French Antilles beyond the winter season by expanding its flight schedule throughout the summer of 2020 up to September 5, 2020.

Flights to Fort-de-France and Pointe-à-Pitre will resume for the All Saints Day holidays on October 31, 2020, at the end of the Antillean winter season. From November 20, 2020, the current triangular flights will make way for two weekly direct return flights to Fort-de-France on Wednesdays and Saturdays and two weekly direct return flights to Pointe-à-Pitre on Tuesdays and Fridays.

Schedule of flights to the French Antilles from November 20, 2020:

Air Belgium continues to develop its activities and will soon be announcing its new destination. 

 

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Air Belgium celebrates its new service to the Caribbean with a special livery

Air Belgium (2nd) has made this announcement with a special livery:

You didn’t think we would land in Martinique and Guadeloupe without getting noticed, did you?

To celebrate our new destinations, we dressed up one of our planes in the colors of the French Antilles.

You can see the real thing at Brussels Charleroi, Fort-de-France and Point-à-Pitre airports.

Air Belgium to launch new Caribbean routes to Guadeloupe and Martinique

Operating for British Airways

Air Belgium has made this announcement:

 

The new service will directly connect Belgium to Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe and to Fort-de-France in Martinique with two flights per week starting on December 7, 2019.

With a departure from Brussels Charleroi Airport in the late morning, the schedule offers maximum comfort to passengers coming from Belgium, but also from France, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Netherlands and west of Germany. In addition, Brussels Charleroi Airport is an easily accessible airport, that offers passengers a speedy and efficient terminal processing from parking until boarding of the aircraft.

The flights will be operated with Airbus A340-300 aircrafts configured in three classes layout.

Air Belgium chose Guadeloupe and Martinique – two islands offering guaranteed sunny weather, the discovery of a warm and welcoming population, preserved nature and high-quality local gastronomy and products. Basically, the assurance of a complete change of scenery without leaving Europe.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Belgium (2nd) Airbus A340-313 OO-ABA (msn 835) LHR (SPA). Image: 943919.

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Air Belgium drops its plans to resume the Hong Kong route, will fly to other cities in China and the Americas

Air Belgium (2nd) Airbus A340-313 OO-ABB (msn 844) LHR (SPA). Image: 943610.

Air Belgium (2nd) has made this new announcement:

A painful decision, but reasonable given the current market conditions

Air Belgium apologizes to its passengers currently holding a reservation. The company is contacting its Customers concerned and is immediately initiating the full refund process.

Niky Terzakis, CEO of Air Belgium: “The economical and operational conditions are not met to viably resume the service. It is a painful decision to make but a reasonable one when it comes to preserving our development capabilities and assure continued full employment.

China mainland still our priority along other projects to the Americas

Air Belgium is currently flying on behalf of legacy airlines with success. These activities are allowing the company to be acknowledged for its quality of services, reliability, agility and flexibility. Air Belgium employment level is also continuously increasing. In this regard, the company now has 248 full time equivalent employees, compared to 176 last October and continues to hire staff weekly. One should note that by the end of this month, Air Belgium will have carried more than 200,000 passengers.

As for further development of its own. Air Belgium is preparing to serve two destinations in mainland China from Brussels-Charleroi this summer. The company is also finalizing plans aiming at starting service to the Americas by next winter. In this respect, Air Belgium has obtained required approvals and access permits from the different American and Canadian authorities. Further communications regarding these developments and upcoming projects will follow in due time.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Belgium (2nd) Airbus A340-313 OO-ABB (msn 844) LHR (SPA). Image: 943610.

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Air Belgium suspends scheduled flights to Hong Kong, will focus on ACMI

Air Belgium (2nd) Airbus A340-313 OO-ABB (msn 844) LHR (SPA). Image: 943610.

Air Belgium (2nd) has made this announcement:

Air Belgium confirms that it is to temporarily pause its flights  from Charleroi Airport to Hong Kong during the coming winter period. The interruption will be effective from October 1, 2018 until March 30, 2019. 

The reason for the pause is the fact that Air Belgium faced the non-respect of contractual terms by its major commercial partner regarding tariffs and load factor. Under these conditions, Air Belgium is unwilling to carry out the winter program as initially planned and to endanger its financial position. In good faith we’ve tried to find a solution for our partner’s defaulting situation to date.

The negotiations went on for several weeks. Because the new season was about to start, and due to the lost confidence in the partner, Air Belgium however did not want to risk having to operate from an even more complex situation.

During the pause Air Belgium will continue operating for other legacy airlines and focus on launching its air service to Mainland China, such as Zhengzhou. We are maintaining our development plans.

The pause will have no consequences on Air Belgium’s employment level. On the contrary, we  continue our hiring efforts to meet the market demands and to realize our plans.

We also would like to make clear that our decision to operate scheduled air services from Brussels Charleroi airport is not questioned and will be maintained. Customers satisfaction and the convenience has been validated by massive positive feedback and our strategy to operate from Charleroi is to remain.

Needless to say that passengers holding reservations during the suspension period will be contacted individually and handled personally.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Belgium (2nd) Airbus A340-313 OO-ABB (msn 844) LHR (SPA). Image: 943610.

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British Airways to extend its sub-contract flying with Air Belgium

Operating for British Airways

British Airways contracted with Air Belgium to operate its flights between London (Heathrow) and Cairo between September 3-5, 2018 while its Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine inspections continue.

The British carrier will again utilize Air Belgium to operate the daily London (Heathrow) – Abu Dhabi route from September 15 to October 4, 2018.

British Airways has made this announcement:

Like other airlines around the world, we continue to carry out detailed precautionary inspections on Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines on some of our Boeing 787-9 aircraft to ensure we meet all the relevant regulatory safety requirements.

To facilitate the additional engine inspections and any associated maintenance we have had to make some minor adjustments to our long haul flight schedules this summer.

To ensure we operate as many flights for customers as possible we have leased in additional long haul aircraft from Air Belgium.

Changing your flights

If your long haul flight this summer is due to be operated by Air Belgium on behalf of British Airways we recognise that you may not wish to travel as a result. If you wish to discuss the range of options available please contact us or your travel agent if you made your booking through them.

Continuing with your flights

If you wish to fly on the Air Belgium aircraft on the date and time you had originally planned please be aware that there may be some differences in the style and types of services on offer.

In particular Air Belgium offers two long haul cabins (business class and economy class) rather than the four long haul cabins offered by British Airways.

If you have been moved from your original cabin then you have a number of options available to you. Please contact us or your travel agent to discuss these further.

Differences to your journey

A number of other changes may be relevant to your journey and these are summarised in the table below.

Product and services Customer information
Seat reservations Customers who already have seats allocated will automatically be allocated a similar seat. Customers who have paid for their seat and find that their newly allocated seat is no longer suitable, will be entitled to a refund of their paid seating and will be able to choose an alternative paid for seat or a free seat at check-in.
Car seats Car seats will be accepted on these flights for an infant or child who is between 6 and 36 months old, accompanied by an adult. The car seat should have a solid back and seat with internal restraint straps installed to securely hold the child.
Child Aviation Restraint System (CARES) You may use your own ‘CARES’ child restraint belt on board these flights in conjunction with an aircraft seat. The child must be aged over 1 year and weigh between 10-20 kg (22-44 lbs) and is only suitable for Economy class seat without airbag seatbelts.
On-board child seat/carrycot On-board carrycots will be provided and are subject to availability on board the aircraft on the day. They will be given to customers sitting in the carrycot positions on a first-come, first-served basis. Please note child seats will not be available.
Baggage allowance Your baggage allowance will be honoured as per your original booking and customer eligibility.
Prepaid excess baggage If there has been a change to your booking your prepaid excess baggage will be cancelled and refunded. You will need to repurchase any excess baggage in advance of travelling.
Firearms carried in the hold The carriage of firearms carried in the hold is not available on these flights.
Lounge access Lounge access will be honoured as per your original booking and customer eligibility.
Additional assistance If you have requested assistance for these flights this remains unchanged with the exception of on-board therapeutic oxygen. The provision of on-board therapeutic oxygen is not available on these flights. Customers may bring their own therapeutic oxygen provisions providing they meet certain requirements and have obtained medical clearance in advance. Further details can be found on our medical conditions page.
Special meals Special meals are available on these flights. Any special meal requests will be retained but there may be a variance in the style of meal for some customers.
Pre-ordered meals Pre-ordered meals are available on these flights.
Purchased meals Pre-purchased meals are available on these flights.
Wi-Fi on board Wi-Fi on board will not be available on these flights.
High Life Shop Duty free/tax free shopping (including our pre-order service) will not be available on these flights.
Avios and tier points Avios and tier points will be credited to your Executive Club account as per your original booking.

 

Thank you for your support and understanding as we try to minimise the levels of disruption for customers which has arisen as a result of the issues with a number of Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Belgium (2nd) Airbus A340-313 OO-ABB (msn 844) LHR (Wingnut). Image: 943497.

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