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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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Reuters: Brussels Airlines pilots call for a strike on May 11

First A340, in service March 20, 2018 Dusseldorf - Vienna

From Reuters:

Pilots of Lufthansa subsidiary Brussels Airlines plan to go on strike from May 11 in a dispute over pay and conditions.

The unions of pilots formally notified the airline of its intention on Friday, although there will be talks between Brussels Airlines and union representatives on Monday, the airline and a union representative said.

Pilots want a pay hike, a better work-life balance, improved career prospects and the possibility of earlier retirement and voted 80 percent in favor of a strike.

Filip Lemberechts of the ACLVB union said many of the concerns related to Brussels Airlines future as part of Lufthansa’s budget brand Eurowings.

“What will happen to Brussels Airlines for medium- and long-haul flights, what is the position of Brussels… As long as there is uncertainty, people are worried,” he said.

Lufthansa, which took control of the Belgian national flag carrier in 2016, earlier this year appointed a new chief executive officer and chief operating officer at the airline.

The German company plans to use Brussels Airlines to expand long-haul operations for its Eurowings budget brand out of Duesseldorf.

Copyright Photo: Operated by Brussels Airlines: Eurowings (Brussels Airlines) Airbus A340-313 OO-SCW (msn 335) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 941319.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Brussels Airlines Airbus A320-214 OO-TCQ (msn 2114) BRU (Ton Jochems). Image: 941516.

Brussels Airlines Airbus A320-214 OO-TCQ (msn 2114) BRU (Ton Jochems). Image: 941516.

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 Mauritius continues to expand

Air Mauritius Airbus A340-313 3B-NBI (msn 793) LHR (SPA). Image: 940460.

Air Mauritius is planning to add a weekly flight from Mauritius to Wuhan, China. The new route will start on July 6, 2018 with Airbus A340-300s according to Airline Route.

Last month, Air Mauritius added twice-weekly service to Amsterdam on March 26, 2018.

The Amsterdam flights are operated in collaboration with KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Air France. To recall, KLM kicked off these joint operations in October 2017 with three weekly flights between Amsterdam and Mauritius.

“The start of operations to Amsterdam is part of our plan to develop a second hub in Europe. Many of our key routes have been built on the strong historical ties we share with the countries we operate to. Our history with the Netherlands is more than four centuries old. Mauritius was indeed named after Prince Maurits of Nassau, during the Dutch settlement in 1598. Today Schiphol Airport, the home base of our partner KLM Royal Dutch Airlines, gives us access to 50 code share destinations all over Europe. We expect Amsterdam to develop into an important hub in our network, particularly for passengers from Nordic and East European countries. This will contribute to boost tourist arrivals toMauritius”, stated Somas Appavou, CEO.

Air Mauritius’ main hub in Europe is Paris from where it offers nearly 40 code share destinations in Europe, with partner Air France. Air Mauritius and the Air France/KLM group have built close ties over the years, Air France having been an important partner indeed since Air Mauritius was incorporated in 1967. In 1998 the two airlines signed a collaborative agreement to jointly operate the Mauritius – Paris route. This agreement was extended and reinforced in 2008 and 2014.

Air Mauritius will operate 2 weekly frequencies on Mondays and Fridays throughout the Northern Summer of 2018. A third flight will be operated on Wednesdays during the peak period corresponding to July and August.

Copyright Photo: Air Mauritius Airbus A340-313 3B-NBI (msn 793) LHR (SPA). Image: 940460.

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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.

Aerolineas Argentinas schedules its last Airbus A340 flight for January 1, 2019

Last Airbus A340 revenue flight scheduled for January 1, 2019 (Madrid - Buenos Aires)

Aerolineas Argentinas according to Airline Route, has scheduled the last revenue flight for its Airbus A340-300 on January 1, 2019. The last flight, subject to change, will be flight AR1133 between Madrid and Buenos Aires arriving at EZE at 0420 local time.

Copyright Photo: Aerolineas Argentinas Airbus A340-313 LV-CSD (msn 123) MIA (Jay Selman). Image: 402727.

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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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