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Do you remember? Exactly 18 years ago Sabena was declared bankrupt

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That was eighteen years ago, on November 6, 2001. Sabena was declared bankrupt. Flight SN690, an Airbus A340-311 registered OO-SCZ coming from Cotonou and...

Georges Gutelman, founder of several Belgian airlines including a forefather of Brussels Airlines, dies at 81

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Georges Gutelman, the founder of several Belgian airlines, died at 81. Since 2015, when his health had deteriorated, he lived in Israel. He was born...

[Hidden Gem] Hewa Bora Airways’ Lockheed L-1011 TriStar – Parc de la Vallée de la Nsele, Congo-Kinshasa

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Hewa Bora Airways, Swahili for "Fresh Air", was the national airline of the Democratic Republic of the Congo. The entire fleet of the airline...

When Sabena comes back to life in Italy…

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When Belgium's national football team, the Belgian Red Devils, fly to a foreign destination to play a qualifying game on their road to the...

SHS Aviation Antwerp, trading as VLM Antwerp, has officially been declared bankrupt

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On 16 July 2019, SHS Aviation Antwerp BV, trading as VLM Antwerp, a Belgian airline based at Antwerp, has been declared bankrupt. VLM was an...

An Air France flight with a crew almost exclusively Belgian!

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On 25 February, an Air France Boeing 777 departed Paris CDG airport destination Taipei. Nothing special but for the crew: 14 crew members of...

Dutch Carribean carrier Insel Air ceases operations

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By dronepicr - Insel Air Curacao Bonaire, CC BY 2.0, Link On 16 February, Dutch Caribbean carrier Insel Air - serving as the national airline...

Shaheen Air International officially announced its closure

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Former CEO Shaheen Air, Director HR Shaheen Air Imran Aziz informed airline’s employees that the airline had been shut down officially due to unavailability...

Ten years ago: US Airways A320 ditches into the Hudson after multiple bird strikes during take-off

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On 15 January 2009, a US Airways Airbus A320 took off from New York's LaGuardia airport. Three minutes after take-off, flight 1549 struck a...

VLM Airlines N.V. (Brussels) approaches liquidation

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There is little to no chance that VLM Airlines N.V. (Brussels) will rise from the ashes, newspaper La Libre Belgique reports. On 18 December,...

Do you remember? Exactly 30 years ago a bomb destroyed a Pan Am Boeing 747 above Lockerbie

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On 21 December 1988 - exactly 30 years ago - a Pan Am Boeing 747-121 (N739PA) was operating flight PA103 from Frankfurt to Detroit...

VLM Airlines N.V. (Brussels) has filed for bankruptcy

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VLM Airlines NV, based at Brussels Airport and carrying out ACMI and charter flights for its own account with Airbus aircraft today filed for...

Another one bites the dust: Swiss airline Privatair files for insolvency

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Privatair, the Swiss airline headquartered in Meyrin, which operates business jets as well as scheduled services on behalf of major airlines, today (5 December...

The story of VLM in Antwerp has definitively come to an end

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Although the interest for VLM as a company was considerable, the liquidator did not find any buyer for the bankrupt airline, but he could...

After 25 years of commercial service, Brussels Airlines’ OO-SFN is leaving for Pinal Airpark

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This morning (13 November), one of the oldest Airbus A330 aircraft left Brussels Airport for her final destination. On 28 October 2018, the 25-year-old...

Tegel expands again after decrease due to Air Berlin demise

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The passenger numbers at Tegel are now increasing again after numbers fell by 3.7 per cent year-on-year in 2017 to just under 20.5 million....

Birmingham based Cello Aviation has ceased trading as of 12 October 2018

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On 12 October, British private charter airline Cello Aviation announced the cessation of its operations. The Birmingham based airline primarily operated private and VIP...

[Analysis] Europe’s small airlines struggle to survive: Primera Air falls victim to saturated markets

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Europe’s niche airlines have had a grim summer. Primera Air, VLM, Small Planet, Azur and SkyWork Airlines have all ceased operations. Expect more casualties...

Primera Air crew left stranded abroad, forced to sleep on airport floor

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Not only thousands of Primera Air passengers have been left stranded after the airline's collapse, pilots and flight attendants also stayed behind abroad. On...

Norwegian offers rescue fares to those affected by Primera Air bankruptcy

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Norwegian makes repatriation fares available for Primera passengers travelling long haul between London and New York JFK, Paris and Newark/JFK/Boston Short Haul repatriation fares...