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AirBridgeCargo to set up its European hub at Liege Airport

Liege Airport and AirBridgeCargo Airlines have signed an historic lease agreement for 10 years. This arrangement will bring the scale of cooperation between two companies to the next level of development, boosting air cargo volumes of ABC to/from the airport and placing Liege Airport among the top 5 cargo airports in Europe by 2020.

The agreement comes as a logical extension of Memorandum of Understanding, which was signed between Liege Airport and Volga-Dnepr Group earlier this year during the Farnborough International Airshow 2018 in July, and will contribute to the development of the regional economy in general, creating numerous amounts of jobs and favouring growth of air cargo sector, and the airport development in particular, heating up cargo infrastructure and freight flows to/from the airport.

Under new agreement AirBridgeCargo will lease warehouse premises for the total area of 25,000 sq. m. for effective and seamless cargo operations in the airport. The investment amounts to 25 million euros and includes 2,000 sq. m. of office space to guarantee smooth daily flight management.

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VLM expands again with new routes, from Ireland to Italy

VLM Airlines (Antwerp) is expanding again. As previously reported, the carrier will start Rotterdam-Hamburg flights on April 13 and Antwerp-Hamburg service on April 20.

This will now be followed on April 27 with new routes from Birmingham and London (Luton) to Waterford, Ireland.

Starting on May 1 the newly revitalized airline will add four new routes from Liege, namely to Avignon, Bologna, Nice and Venice.

Copyright Photo: Ton Jochems/AirlinersGallery.com. Fokker F.27 Mk. 050 (Fokker 50) OO-VLX (msn 20177) sits at Rotterdam between flights.

VLM aircraft slide show: AG Airline Slide Show

Expanding VLM Airlines Route Map:

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VLM 3.2015 Route Map

Bmi Regional expands from Munich in conjunction with Lufthansa

Bmi Regional (Aberdeen) will base two Embraer Regional Jets, one Embraer ERJ 135 (ER3) and one ERJ 145 (ER4), out of Munich this summer as part of plans to open up flights to Berne, Liège, and Rotterdam. The routes are operated in conjunction with Lufthansa (Frankfurt).

The two carriers signed a codeshare agreement in April last year in which Lufthansa places its flight code on Bmi Regional flights from Bristol to Frankfurt  and Munich as well as from Karlstad (Sweden) to Frankfurt.

On the Rotterdam route, Bmi Regional will replace Lufthansa flights operated by Lufthansa CityLine (Munich) with Bombardier CRJ700s and CRJ900s, on the Berne route it will compete with SkyWork Airlines (Berne).

The routes served by Bmi Regional from Munich will be as follows per Airline Route:

Munich – Berne Up to 3 daily:

BM1711 MUC0655 – 0800BRN ER3 x7
BM1713 MUC1045 – 1145BRN ER4 x67
BM1717 MUC1905 – 2010BRN ER3 x6
BM1712 BRN0830 – 0930MUC ER3 x7
BM1714 BRN1215 – 1310MUC ER4 x67
BM1718 BRN2040 – 2135MUC ER3 x6

Munich – Liege Up to 2 daily:

BM1721 MUC1010 – 1130LGG ER3 x7
BM1723 MUC1415 – 1545LGG ER3 x6
BM1722 LGG1155 – 1310MUC ER3 x7
BM1724 LGG1625 – 1745MUC ER3 x6

Munich – Rotterdam Up to 3 daily:

BM1701 MUC0645 – 0815RTM ER4 x7
BM1703 MUC1350 – 1520RTM ER4 x67
BM1707 MUC1745 – 1920RTM ER4 x6
BM1702 RTM0845 – 1010MUC ER4 x7
BM1704 RTM1550 – 1715MUC ER4 x67
BM1708 RTM2005 – 2135MUC ER4 x6

Report by Assistant Editor Oliver Wilcock from Manchester.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton/AirlinersGallery.com. Embraer ERJ 145EP G-RJXG (msn 145390) approaches the runway at London (Heathrow).

Bmi Regional aircraft slide show:

Maximus Air grounds its five Airbus A300-600 freighters

Maximus Air (Abu Dhabi) has grounded its five Airbus A300-600 freighters due to the reported high operational costs. The cargo airline is canceling its A300 contracts. The carrier, which is restructuring and cutting costs, will continue to operate its Russian aircraft according to this report by The Loadstar. The A300s will be available for dry lease. DHL Aviation had been utilizing the aircraft.

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Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten/AirlinersGallery.com. Maximus Air introduced this new look in 2012. Airbus A300B4-622R (F) A6-NIN (msn 797) lands at the Liege cargo hub.

Video: The unveiling of the new livery in 2012:

Maximus Air: AG Slide Show

National Airlines issues another statement concerning the crash of N949CA

National Airlines (5th) (National Air Cargo) (Orlando) has issued this statement concerning the crash of flight NCR 102 at Bagram Air Base in Afghanistan on April 29. Flight NCR 102 was a cargo flight operated by National Airlines between Bagram and Al Maktoum Airport in Dubai. As we previously reported, the pictured former Air France Boeing 747-428 BCF N949CA (msn 35630) crashed on takeoff from Bagram, tragically killing all seven crew members on board. Media speculation has arisen because of the dramatic video (below) by Live Leak which shows the Jumbo Jet diving into the ground on takeoff.

“National Air Cargo will not speculate as to the cause of the accident involving National Flight NCR 102. With our full cooperation, an investigation by appropriate authorities is under way, and we encourage everyone to join us in respecting that process and allowing it to take its appropriate course.

Here are some facts regarding the aircraft and its movements prior to the accident:

  • National Flight NCR 102 was en route to Dubai from Camp Bastian and had stopped to refuel at Bagram Air Base.
  • The cargo contained within the aircraft was properly loaded and secured, and had passed all necessary inspections prior to departing Camp Bastian.
  • The aircraft landed safely and uneventfully in Bagram.
  • No additional cargo or personnel was added during the stop in Bagram, and the aircraft’s cargo was again inspected prior to departure.

National Airlines lost seven colleagues on April 29, 2013 in the crash at Bagram Air Base.  All seven were dedicated aviation professionals and served National and our country well.  The flight, NCR 102, was carrying military vehicles out of Afghanistan.  The crewmembers on NCR 102 were Brad Hasler, Pilot in Command, Trenton MI; Jeremy Lipka, Pilot in Command, Brooklyn MI; Jamie Brokaw, First Officer, Monroe MI; Rinku Summan, First Officer, Canton MI; Michael Sheets, Loadmaster, Ypsilanti MI; Timothy Garrett, Maintenance, Louisville KY; Gary Stockdale, Maintenance, Romulus MI.”

Copyright Photo: Karl Cornil. N949CA is pictured arriving at Liège prior to tragic accident in 2012.

National Airlines (5th): AG Slide Show

UPS to drop its bid to acquire TNT Express due to expected EC disapproval

United Parcel Service Inc (UPS) (UPS Airlines) (Atlanta and Louisville) will drop its bid to acquire TNT Express N.V. (Hoofddorp) because it now expects the European Commission (EC) to deny the acquisition.

On March 19, 2012, UPS announced its intention to acquire TNT Express for $6.7 billion. On September 5, 2012, UPS announced it expected to close the deal in early 2013 subject to EC approval.

UPS will pay TNT a termination fee in the amount of EUR 200 million.

TNT Airways (Liege) is a subsidiary of TNT Express. TNT is now expected to remain independent.

UPS issued the following statement:

United Parcel Service, Inc. announced today (January 14) the European Commission (EC) has informed UPS and TNT Express that it is working on a decision to prohibit the proposed acquisition of TNT Express.

UPS submitted an initial remedies proposal on November 29, 2012 and subsequently revised the proposal twice. UPS began the competitive review process with the EC in March 2012.

Scott Davis, UPS Chairman and CEO said, “We are extremely disappointed with the EC’s position. We proposed significant and tangible remedies designed to address the EC’s concerns with the transaction. The combined company would have been transformative for the logistics industry, bringing meaningful benefits to consumers and customers around the world, while supporting growth in Europe in particular.”

Upon prohibition by the EC, the Offer Condition relating to EU Competition Clearance will not be fulfilled and UPS will pay TNT a termination fee in the amount of EUR 200 million and will withdraw the Offer.

Further announcements will be made once the European Commission has issued its formal decision. The decision is expected to be adopted formally in the coming weeks.

Top Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 747-44AF N572UP (msn 35669) climbs away from Anchorage International Airport (ANC).

UPS: AG Slide Show

TNT: AG Slide Show

Bottom Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten. Southern Air’s Boeing 777-FHT N778SA (msn 39286) arrives at the Liege, Belgium sorting facility.

Avient takes delivery of a second MD-11F

Copyright Photo: Rainer Bexten. Ex-VARIGlog McDonnell Douglas MD-11F Z-BVT (msn 48410, ex N575SH/PR-LGE) departed Miami on delivery January 27. It is pictured arriving at the European base of Liege the following day.

Avient Aviation (Harare and Liege) has taken delivery of its second McDonnell Douglas MD-11F freighter. Tragically the company lost the first (Z-BAV, msn 48408) on November 28, 2009 on takeoff at Shanghai.