Category Archives: Air Belgium (2nd)

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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Air Belgium launches its first flight to Hong Kong

Air Belgium (2nd) Airbus A340-313 OO-ABA (msn 835) CDG (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 942240.

Air Belgium (2nd) operated its first flight to Hong Kong on June 3, 2018.

The airline also announced the acquisition of the Russian overflight permit, allowing it to fly through Russian airspace.

The airline continued;

Given the impact of the delayed launch, Air Belgium has been forced to adapt the frequency of its flights to Hong Kong during the launch phase. The company will offer two flights per week in June, followed by three per week from July onward and, finally, four per week from October onward.

Meanwhile, we’re working hard to have the third plane ready by the end of June and are preparing the first flights to Mainland China, which are expected to launch in the coming months.

Copyright Photo: Air Belgium (2nd) Airbus A340-313 OO-ABA (msn 835) CDG (Manuel Negrerie). Image: 942240.

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Air Belgium delays the start of its Hong Kong route

Delivered on February 16, 2018

Air Belgium (2nd) (Brussels-South Charleroi) has announced it will delay the start-up of its new scheduled route to Hong Kong from the previously announced date of April 30 until June 3. The new carrier blamed the delay on its efforts to secure overflight permission of its flights over Russia.

Copyright Photo: Air Belgium (2nd) Airbus A340-313 OO-ABB (msn 844) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 941599.

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Air Belgium to fly to Hong Kong starting on April 30

Airline Color Scheme - Introduced 2018

Air Belgium today (April 3) started selling tickets for the start of its regular scheduled operations. The new carrier will begin scheduled service between Brussels South Charleroi Airport and Hong Kong on April 30.

Photos Above and Below: Air Belgium.

Both Airbus A340-300s (OO-ABA and OO-ABB) are now at their base at Brussels South Charleroi Airport.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Belgium (2nd) Airbus A340-313 OO-ABA (msn 835) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 941386.

Air Belgium starts operations

New airline, started operations on March 29, 2018

Air Belgium (2nd) (Brussels South Charleroi Airport) commenced operations today (March 29). The second version of Air Belgium operated their very first flight positioning from Bari (BRI) to Amsterdam (AMS). The pictured OO-ABA then operated a revenue flight for Surinam Airways from Amsterdam to Paramaribo (PBM) operating for them as flight PY993, substituting for Surinam PZ-TCR.

The new airline obtained its AOC on March 14, 2018.

Regular scheduled operations will begin on April 30 from Brussels South Charleroi Airport to Hong Kong.

Copyright Photo: Air Belgium (2nd) Airbus A340-313 OO-ABA (msn 835) AMS (Ton Jochems). Image: 941386.

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Air Belgium has painted its first Airbus A340-300

Air Belgium (2nd) has announced on social media that its first Airbus A340-300 has been pulled out of the paint shop.

The pictured Airbus A340-313 registered as OO-ABA (msn 835) previously flew with Finnair as OH-LQB.

Copyright Photo: Vincent Gys/AIr Belgium.