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Air Belgium to launch new Caribbean routes to Guadeloupe and Martinique

Operating for British Airways

Air Belgium has made this announcement:

 

The new service will directly connect Belgium to Pointe-à-Pitre in Guadeloupe and to Fort-de-France in Martinique with two flights per week starting on December 7, 2019.

With a departure from Brussels Charleroi Airport in the late morning, the schedule offers maximum comfort to passengers coming from Belgium, but also from France, the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, the Netherlands and west of Germany. In addition, Brussels Charleroi Airport is an easily accessible airport, that offers passengers a speedy and efficient terminal processing from parking until boarding of the aircraft.

The flights will be operated with Airbus A340-300 aircrafts configured in three classes layout.

Air Belgium chose Guadeloupe and Martinique – two islands offering guaranteed sunny weather, the discovery of a warm and welcoming population, preserved nature and high-quality local gastronomy and products. Basically, the assurance of a complete change of scenery without leaving Europe.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Belgium (2nd) Airbus A340-313 OO-ABA (msn 835) LHR (SPA). Image: 943919.

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Air Belgium drops its plans to resume the Hong Kong route, will fly to other cities in China and the Americas

Air Belgium (2nd) Airbus A340-313 OO-ABB (msn 844) LHR (SPA). Image: 943610.

Air Belgium (2nd) has made this new announcement:

A painful decision, but reasonable given the current market conditions

Air Belgium apologizes to its passengers currently holding a reservation. The company is contacting its Customers concerned and is immediately initiating the full refund process.

Niky Terzakis, CEO of Air Belgium: “The economical and operational conditions are not met to viably resume the service. It is a painful decision to make but a reasonable one when it comes to preserving our development capabilities and assure continued full employment.

China mainland still our priority along other projects to the Americas

Air Belgium is currently flying on behalf of legacy airlines with success. These activities are allowing the company to be acknowledged for its quality of services, reliability, agility and flexibility. Air Belgium employment level is also continuously increasing. In this regard, the company now has 248 full time equivalent employees, compared to 176 last October and continues to hire staff weekly. One should note that by the end of this month, Air Belgium will have carried more than 200,000 passengers.

As for further development of its own. Air Belgium is preparing to serve two destinations in mainland China from Brussels-Charleroi this summer. The company is also finalizing plans aiming at starting service to the Americas by next winter. In this respect, Air Belgium has obtained required approvals and access permits from the different American and Canadian authorities. Further communications regarding these developments and upcoming projects will follow in due time.

Top Copyright Photo: Air Belgium (2nd) Airbus A340-313 OO-ABB (msn 844) LHR (SPA). Image: 943610.

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Swiss welcomes back its first refurbished Airbus A340-300 – HB-JMH

Swiss International Air Lines Airbus A340-313 HB-JMH (msn 585) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104582.

Swiss International Air Lines announced on social media:

Welcome back HB-JMH. The first Swiss Airbus A340-300 with a totally refurbished interior in all three seating cabins took off from Zurich on March 7 on its first revenue flight to Tokyo.

The airline also issued this press releases:

The first Swiss Airbus A340-300 with a totally refurbished interior in all three seating cabins took off from Zurich on March 7 on its first revenue flight. Aircraft HB-JMH departed at 13:26 on flight LX 160 to Tokyo.
HB-JMH is the first of Swiss’ five Airbus A340-300s to be given this nose-to-tail cabin refurbishment. The aircraft are undergoing the work one after the other; and under current planning, all five A340s should be refurbished by summer of this year.
The refurbishment program entails developing and installing new First, Business and Economy Class seats, providing a new inflight entertainment system that also offers internet connectivity, installing new galleys and comprehensively modernizing the entire interior (including adopting a new lighting concept) in all three seating cabins. The refurbishment delivers further passenger benefits, too, and raises the inflight comfort aboard Swiss’ Airbus A340s to that of its Boeing 777s.
Next to Tokyo Swiss’ Airbus A340-300s are deployed on services to such destinations as Boston, Johannesburg, Shanghai and Tel Aviv. Swiss has five A340-300s in its long-haul fleet, together with 14 Airbus A330s and ten Boeing 777-300ERs. The Swiss long-haul network currently extends to 24 destinations.
Top Copyright Photo (all others by Swiss): Swiss International Air Lines Airbus A340-313 HB-JMH (msn 585) MIA (Bruce Drum). Image: 104582.
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Air France to phase out the Joon brand in June

Joon (Air France) Airbus A340-313 F-GLZN (msn 245) CDG (Jacques Guillem Collection). Image: 945737.

Joon is ending in June. Air France will close out the Joon brand in late June.

According to Airline Route, the last Joon flight (JN/JON codes) will be operated between St. Maarten and Paris (CDG) on June 28, 2019 (subject to change).

Top Copyright Photo: Joon (Air France) Airbus A340-313 F-GLZN (msn 245) CDG (Jacques Guillem Collection). Image: 945737.

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Eurowings takes over the Dusseldorf – Newark route

2 operated by Brussels Airlines, to be replaced with newer Airbus A330-300s

Eurowings has made this announcement:

New in the Eurowings long-haul portfolio: from December 1, 2018, the airline will fly to Newark (EWR) six times a week. This means that Eurowings is now offering two attractive connections from Dusseldorf to the Big Apple just in time for Christmas shopping. Eurowings passengers can already fly to John F. Kennedy Airport five times a week.

To mark the new route to Newark, Eurowings is sharing tips on activities and exciting locations in the wintry metropolis and idea for passengers with excess luggage to bear in mind for a stress-free flight after a successful shopping trip.

Getting the Christmas magic bug

At the end of November, the huge Christmas tree in front of the Rockefeller Center is officially lit up during a festive ceremony. Every year, thousands of people gather around the Rockefeller Plaza or follow the event live on television. But even away from this hotspot, the city is magnificently illuminated and beckons you to enjoy a winter shopping trip. Insider tip: Dyker Heights Christmas Lights in Brooklyn.

Shop till you drop

New York is considered to be a shopping mecca all year round but at Christmas time the metropolis excels itself, whether you fancy vintage shopping in Soho or strolling around the big department stores. A whole floor of Macy’s is turned into Macy’s Santaland – in honour of Santa Claus who visits at this time of year – and maybe here some of your long-held shopping wishes will come true. The most beautiful decorative displays can be admired at Saks Fifth Avenue, Henri Bendel, Tiffany’s and Lord & Taylor – all located on Fifth Avenue.

Winter Wonderland: Ice skating and holiday markets

Ice skating is one of the most popular winter sports and also great fun for beginners. The famous Wollman Rink in Central Park is open from October and skates can be hired on site. There is also a small ice rink at the Rockefeller Center. What’s special about this: visitors to New York can go skating under the Christmas lights at night. Then they can warm up with a hot drink at one of the many holiday markets, such as at Columbus Circle. The magnificently decorated Christmas markets offer not only delicious things to eat but also many pretty souvenirs.

Tips and tricks for excess luggage

After a prolonged shopping trip, suitcases are often bursting at the seams. Good preparation ensures a stress-free return journey: of course, extra luggage such as suitcases full of gifts or oversized souvenirs may be taken on board at Eurowings but should be registered in advance via the Call Center. Passengers can read up on the costs in detail in the schedule of charges.

Basically, at Eurowings, each passenger may carry one item of hand luggage on board with a maximum weight of 8 kg and maximum dimensions of 55 x 40 x 23 cm. In addition, a further small item of hand luggage is permitted (e.g. laptop bag, handbag, briefcase, folder satchel, etc.). In the regular SMART fare option, each passenger may additionally register a suitcase up to 23 kilograms. Liquids of all kinds may only be carried on board in containers with a capacity of up to 100 millilitres and they must be placed in a transparent, resealable bag. Eurowings provides more information about luggage at eurowings.com.

As a further pre-Christmas highlight, from mid-December Eurowings will inspire its passengers on board for their Christmas shopping in New York. In cooperation with Cologne-based start-up Sugartrends, a marketplace for local retailers, the airline showcases the best shops and trendy gift ideas from the Big Apple in a magazine which can be found in the seat pockets. Passengers can connect to the Internet on board their long-haul flight to New York, enabling them to browse and purchase the products of hip New York boutiques at Sugartrends.com. On arrival in New York, they can personally pick up the products purchased on board in the actual stores.

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

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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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Eurowings to add Dusseldorf – Las Vegas flights

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

Eurowings will add the Dusseldorf – Las Vegas service starting on July 3, 2019.

The new route will be operated three days a week with Airbus A340-300s operated by Brussels Airlines according to Airline Route.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Eurowings): Eurowings (Brussels Airlines) Airbus A340-313 OO-SCW (msn 335) PMI (Javier Rodriguez). Image: 941320.

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