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Korean Air Airbus A330-300 overruns the runway at Cebu in heavy rains

Korean Air Airbus A330-322 HL7525 operating flight KE631 from Seoul (ICN) to Cebu (CEB) on October 23, 2022 overran the runway in Cebu on landing in bad weather.

The aircraft is badly damaged (probable insurance write off).

There were no injuries.

The airport issued this statement:

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Top Copyright Photo: Korean Air Airbus A330-322 HL7525 (msn 219) NRT (Michael B. Ing). Image: 959201.

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COVID and “business rehabilitation” trim the Thai fleet

Thai Airways International Airbus A330-322 HS-TEM (msn 346) BKK (Jay Selman). Image: 404104.

Thai Airways International due to COVID-19 and the loss of routes and passengers as well as the bankruptcy reorganization (known as business rehabilitation in Thailand) has been forced to simplify and trim its fleet.

Currently the airline is only operating three basic types:

Airbus A350-900s

Boeing 777-300ERs

Boeing 787-8/9 Dreamliners

Domestic and regional flights are being operated with Thai Smile Airbus A320s.

The company addressed this process in their first half report of 2021:

On May 26, 2020, the Company submitted a petition to enter into a business rehabilitation process and proposed the rehabilitation planner (“the Planners”) to the Central Bankruptcy Court. On May 27, 2020, the Central Bankruptcy Court accepted the business rehabilitation petition for further consideration. As a result, the Company is under the automatic stay provisions status under the Bankruptcy Act B.E. 2483. Such situation may affect to the Company having to maintain automatic stay status and unable to repay debt, which is considered as debt payment default conditions.

On June 15, 2021, the Central Bankruptcy Court issued an order to approve the business rehabilitation plan and the amendment petitions in accordance with the resolution of the creditors’ meeting on May 19, 2021.

As at June 30, 2021, the Company had 103 aircraft represented in the Company’s fleet, which consisted of 33 own aircraft and 70 aircraft under lease agreements presented as right-of-use assets.

Thai has 13 decommissioned aircraft which are held for sale comprising of 3 Airbus A340-500s, 6 Airbus A340-600s, 1 Airbus A300-600 and 3 Boeing 737-400 aircraft.

Thai has parked all Airbus A330s, A380s and Boeing 777-200s (non-ERs) and 777-300s (non-ERs).

Previously the airline retired the Airbus A340-500 (April 29, 2012), A340-600 (March 29, 2015) and Boeing 737-400 (September 2, 2018) and 747-400 (March 26, 2020).

If traffic returns, some aircraft may be reactivated.

Top Copyright Photo: The 15 Airbus A330-300s are currently parked with an uncertain future. Thai Airways International Airbus A330-322 HS-TEM (msn 346) BKK (Jay Selman). Image: 404104.

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Brussels Airlines to cancel the remaining 32% of its flight schedule on February 13 due to a strike

Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-322 OO-SFV (msn 095) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 945634.

Brussels Airlines has issued this statement:

Based on additional information recently received about the likely scale of the national strike on February 13, Brussels Airlines now considers it very probable that operations at Brussels Airport will be severely impacted due to industrial action of various airport stakeholders. It has therefore decided to cancel the remaining 72 flights originally planned that same day and herewith cancels its entire program of 222 flights. The travel plans of more than 16,000 passengers are impacted.

Above Photo: Brussels Airlines.

With the proactive cancellation of its flight program of February 13, Brussels Airlines offers its guests the possibility to adapt their travel plans in advance and herewith minimizes the level of disruption and discomfort generated by the national strike as much as possible.

Passengers with a cancelled flight who don’t wish to travel anymore, can request a full refund of their ticket.

Brussels Airlines apologizes for the inconveniences that are caused by external factors entirely beyond its control.

Top Copyright Photo: Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-322 OO-SFV (msn 095) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 945634.

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New leadership at Brussels Airlines, will remain a Belgian entity

Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-322 OO-SFV (msn 095) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 932416.

Brussels Airlines made this announcement:

Eurowings and Brussels Airlines are shaping the European airline industry together. Brussels Airlines will remain a Belgian entity and Belgium’s home carrier and will continue to grow.

Key Points:

  • Christina Foerster appointed Chief Executive Officer effective April 1.
  • Thibault Demoulin appointed Chief Operating Officer of Brussels Airlines as of April 1.
  • Two new members of the Management Board will be appointed shortly
  • Lufthansa Group Executive Board member and CEO of Eurowings, Thorsten Dirks: “Brussels Airlines will continue to grow – the professionalism, expertise and passion of the Brussels Airlines staff are a vital part on our joint path to success.”
  • Following the appointment of the new leadership team, Bernard Gustin, present CEO of Brussels Airlines and Jan De Raeymaeker, CFO of the Belgian airline, will support the transition and will leave by March 31.
  • Thorsten Dirks: “Bernard Gustin and Jan De Raeymaeker have made significant contributions to Brussels Airlines, leading the company successfully through growth and turbulent times – thanks to them Brussels Airlines is Belgium’s number one carrier today
The Brussels Airlines’ Board of Directors has appointed a new leadership team:

  • Christina Foerster will become new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Brussels Airlines effective April 1
  • Thibault Demoulin will fulfill the function of Chief Operating Officer of Brussels Airlines as of April 1
  • Two new members of the management board will be appointed shortly

“I am very pleased that Christina Foerster has agreed to assume the position of CEO of Brussels Airlines – she is the first-ever female to head a Lufthansa Group airline”, said Thorsten Dirks, Lufthansa Group Executive Board member, CEO of Eurowings and also member of the Brussels Airlines Board of Directors. “We are convinced that the new team will further strengthen, together with the rest of the Brussels Airlines staff, the already successful cooperation between Brussels Airlines and Eurowings. Only together we will be able to shape the European airline industry and succeed in our sustainable growth plans. Brussels, as the European capital, continues to be a stronghold in our growth strategy.”

New CEO Christina Foerster is no stranger to Belgium and Brussels Airlines. Christina Foerster has been the airline’s Chief Commercial Officer for one and a half years and has been living in the Belgian capital since then. She has held various high-profile positions in the aviation industry prior to joining Brussels Airlines, among them General Manager Product Management Intercontinental, Vice President Network and Fleet Development and Senior Vice President Network, Group & Alliance Development at the Lufthansa Group.

Belgian Thibault Demoulin has been Brussels Airlines’ Senior Vice President Flight Operations and Deputy Accountable Manager for the past 12 years prior to being appointed as COO. He has an excellent track record in establishing safe, reliable and punctual operations at Brussels Airlines, which makes him the perfect fit as the carrier’s COO.

“In 2017, Brussels Airlines and Eurowings gradually started to lay the foundations for a common future, in which the strengths of both airlines will be combined, with the ambition to build a strong, sustainable and leading pan-European airline. Growing within the Eurowings Group as a Belgian entity will allow us to further build on our specificities, such as our Africa expertise and our distinguished Belgian touch. Together with Eurowings, we will further expand our long-haul reach out of Brussels and Dusseldorf, and in particular continue to fulfil our role as Belgium’s home carrier and important economic engine of our country,” emphasizes Etienne Davignon, Co-Chairman of the Board of SN Airholding.

As the CEO of Eurowings, Mr. Dirks points out that Brussels Airlines is already today a crucial cornerstone of the Eurowings Group which is striving to become a leading European airline. “With Brussels Airlines, we can count on a unique know-how of the African market and a long-standing expertise with long-haul operations. Right now our colleagues from Brussels Airlines are leading the process of successfully establishing long-haul operations at Dusseldorf, one of our most important platforms in Germany,” said Dirks. This strong new leadership team, together with the passion, and the expertise of the Brussels Airlines staff, is a vital part in realizing the future plans of the Eurowings Group – and not just that.

“The combined strengths of Brussels Airlines and Eurowings represent one of the three major strategic pillars of the success of the entire Lufthansa Group,” said Dirks. “This means that Brussels Airlines will continue to grow.”

Etienne Davignon, Co-Chairman of the Board of SN Airholding, and Thorsten Dirks wish to thank Bernard Gustin and Jan De Raeymaeker for their years of dedicated service and excellent leadership at Brussels Airlines and wish both all the very best for their future endeavours.

“During 15 years, Bernard Gustin has made significant contributions to the company, leading Brussels Airlines successfully through growth and turbulent times,” said Davignon and Dirks. They point out that Bernard Gustin has put the Belgian carrier back on the European map. “It’s clearly his accomplishment that Brussels Airlines is the number one carrier in Belgium today despite aggressive low-cost competition which is continuously trying to grab market shares.”

In his five years as CFO of Brussels Airlines, Jan De Raeymaeker at the same time significantly contributed to the success of the company, said Dirks and Davignon. “Planning and executing the overall Brussels Airlines restructuring plan and strategically repositioning the company after Vueling, EasyJet and Ryanair entered the Belgian market is also Jan De Raeymaeker’s merit”.

Bernard Gustin and Jan De Raeymaeker not only provided managerial expertise, Dirks said. “Both as a team managed to steer Brussels Airlines through the aftermath of the terrorist attacks at Brussels Airport in March 2016. Thanks to professional crisis management and leadership skills, Brussels Airlines got out of the crisis even stronger than before and clearly positioned itself as a competitive, reliable and responsible airline.”

The African experience and route structure to Africa was the saving grace for Brussels Airlines. At this time, it is unclear if Brussels Airlines will continue to operate under its own brand or the Eurowings brand as a Belgian carrier.

Lufthansa received a lot of pressure from nearly 100 Belgian companies to keep Brussels Airlines based in Belgium and not to merge it with Eurowings according to Reuters. Read the full report from Reuters: CLICK HERE

Copyright Photo: Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-322 OO-SFV (msn 095) ZRH (Andi Hiltl). Image: 932416.

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