Category Archives: Air Belgium (2nd)

Hongyuan Group acquires 7.7% of the shares of Air Belgium

Hongyuan Group, headquartered at the airport economic area of Beijing Capital International Airport, has taken over the 7.7% Air Belgium shares owned by Hong Kong-based Aviation Investment Holding and bring fresh capital into the company to reach up to 49% of the shares.
The other 51% would remain in the hands of current Belgian shareholders (SRIW, Sogepa, SFPI, 3T Management – the company of CEO Niky Terzakis – and Sabena Aerospace) and the airline would thus retain its European status.
With fresh money, two ex-Saudia Boeing 747-8F aircraft (HZ-AI3 and HZ-AI4) have been leased from Aircraft Finance Germany (AFG) for cargo operations. One of them has taken the OE-LFD registration and has been painted in a mixed Saudia/Hongyuang/Air Belgium colors.
Photo by Javier Rodriguez reporting from Spain.

Air Belgium operates its last Airbus A340-300 revenue flight

Type Retired: March 26, 2022 (flight KF5961 PTP-CRL with OO-ABB)

Air Belgium (2nd) has retired its last Airbus A340-300 revenue flight.

Flight KF 5961 from Fort-de-France and Pointe-à-Pitre, arrived at Brussels South Charleroi Airport on March 26 with OO-ABB according to Aviation24.be and FlightAware.

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The ex-Finnair Airbus A340-300 aircraft were the founding aircraft for the airline.

The company replaced its aging A340s with new Airbus A330-900s (below).

Top Copyright Photo: Air Belgium (2nd) Airbus A340-313 OO-ABB (msn 844) YYZ (TMK Photography). Image: 947214.

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Air Belgium to offer direct flights to Dominican Republic from Brussels Airport

Air Belgium, will officially launch on December 15, 2021 direct and regular flights to Punta Cana in Dominican Republic from Brussels Airport (Zaventem).

After the successful launch of a first route from Brussels Airport to Mauritius, Air Belgium will now also offer two weekly direct flights to Punta Cana every Wednesday and Saturday.

Travelers will also be able to fly to Curacao on the same route on Wednesdays and Saturdays after a short stopover in Punta Cana.

Air Belgium offers its passengers a full service in its three travel classes: Economy, Premium and Business. With the launch of this new route, the Belgian airline is extending the range of services available to passengers looking to travel to the Caribbean’s most popular destinations.

Air Belgium displays the Belgian flag on its aircraft and aims to showcase Belgian know-how. This is reflected in its offer, whether it be catering with typical Belgian dishes, hospitality, multilingual crews and generally in all services on the ground and on board.

Arrival of a new Airbus A330neo

The company is further developing its business with the immediate arrival of a second Airbus A330neo. This latest generation aircraft is one of the most cost-effective and modern types of aircraft currently available on the market. Apart from being much more environmentally friendly, these new aircraft also offer more comfort to passengers with a quieter cabin, more space and one of the most advanced in-flight entertainment systems in Europe.

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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