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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.

CMA CGM gets into the air cargo buiness

CMA CGM is getting into the air cargo business.

From Wikipedia:

“CMA CGM S.A. is a French container transportation and shipping company. It is a leading worldwide shipping group, using 200 shipping routes between 420 ports in 150 different countries, ranking fourth behind Maersk Line, MSC and COSCO Shipping Lines. Its headquarters are in Marseille, and its North American headquarters are in Norfolk, Virginia, United States.

The name is an acronym of two predecessor companies, Compagnie Maritime d’Affrètement (CMA) and Compagnie Générale Maritime (CGM), which translate as “Maritime Freighting Company” and “General Maritime Company”.

The company issued this statement:

  • A fleet of four Airbus A330-200F freighter aircraft.
  • CMA CGM Air Cargo, the Group’s new dedicated air freight division.
  • An enhanced logistics to answer growing demand from CMA CGM Group customers for agile solutions.

The CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, is stepping up its strategic development in logistics by creating a specialized air freight division: CMA CGM AIR CARGO.
This move into air freight strengthens the Group’s transport and logistics business, allowing it to offer its customers a new range of comprehensive, agile and customized solutions.

Four modern long-range freighter aircraft 
To support its expansion into air freight, the CMA CGM Group is buying four 60-ton-payload Airbus A330-200F freighter aircraft, which came into service between 2014 and 2016. With a range of 4,000 nautical miles, they will connect Europe with the rest of the world. The CMA CGM Group will entrust the operation of its freighter fleet to a European airline (believed to be Air Belgium).

CMA CGM continues its strategic development in logistics
CMA CGM AIR CARGO represents a major new component of the CMA CGM Group in both operational and commercial terms.

This expansion into air freight is a new milestone in the Group’s strategic development, with the aim of providing Group customers with a complementary range of services covering both shipping and logistics.

Rodolphe Saadé, Chairman and CEO of the CMA CGM Group, says: “In response to the growing demand from our customers for agile logistics solutions, we are creating a new division within the CMA CGM Group dedicated to air transport: CMA CGM Air Cargo. This division will launch with four Airbus A330-200F aircraft and will leverage commercial partnerships with airlines in order to deliver global coverage. This is a major milestone in the development of our logistics services.”

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

Air Belgium delays the start of its new routes due to travel restrictions

Air Belgium (2nd) made this announcement:

Given the current sanitary context and the latest restrictions imposed by Belgian, Antillean, French and Mauritian Authorities, we have no choice but to accept the circumstances and modify our flight schedules to ensure travels in a safe and pleasant environment for all our passengers.

The resumption of our flights to the French West Indies is postponed to December 15, 2020.

The launch of our flights to Mauritius from Brussels is postponed to March 30, 2021.

While Air Belgium is not responsible for the current situation, we are extremely disappointed by the restrictions imposed and their consequences for each of our passengers. Please accept our sincere apologies for the inconveniences caused.

The world is going through extremely challenging times, but our enthusiasm, positive mindset and motivation remain unshakeable. More than ever, we are committed to flying you again in the best and safest conditions as soon as possible.

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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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