Air Belgium in 2018

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Re: Air Belgium in 2018

Post by TLspotting » 13 Mar 2018, 22:18

Amavro wrote:
13 Mar 2018, 22:16
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Is it painting ?
Stickers I think, like VLM at Sabena Aerospace... (Notice behind the flyvlm we can see "Thomas Cook", a bit off topic but it was the only way to talk about it ^^)
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Re: Air Belgium in 2018

Post by sn26567 » 13 Mar 2018, 22:20

It has been published somewhere that the AOC request was filed in November 2017 after a long preparatory work. It must be quite different to introduce a request for an airline flying A340s to intercontinental destinations and the same request for a couple of F-50s flying to neighbouring countries in the EU.
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Re: Air Belgium in 2018

Post by Boavida » 13 Mar 2018, 22:20

So the planes will not be painted but stickered? :roll:

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Re: Air Belgium in 2018

Post by Shengenzone » 13 Mar 2018, 23:27

Is there a difference between stickering an aircraft and painting it in term of fuel consumption ? (As these birds will fly very long segments...)

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Re: Air Belgium in 2018

Post by Yuqu12 » 14 Mar 2018, 09:09

Maybe the first 2 planes will be stickered as there is quite a short term between the receiving of the plane and the start of the operations to paint these planes. If two more A343's are following, they may be painted in the future.

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Re: Air Belgium in 2018

Post by JustPlanes » 14 Mar 2018, 09:44

Nice news! Congrats to Air Belgium and wishing them the very best of luck!

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Re: Air Belgium in 2018

Post by Shonix » 14 Mar 2018, 10:08

The reasons why the planes are stickered instead of painted would be:

- Time frame
- Cost
- ?

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Re: Air Belgium in 2018

Post by TLspotting » 14 Mar 2018, 11:01

L'Echo this morning :
Next destinations, PEK, PVG and Xi'an.
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Re: Air Belgium in 2018

Post by Desert Rat » 14 Mar 2018, 12:51

Excellent strategy.Hainan is having very big financial issue and I heard that they owe (460,000,000$...?) a huge amount of money to the national fuel company. Limit for payment is this Friday. There might be some route with a bit less competition soon...(PEK and PVG)

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Re: Air Belgium in 2018

Post by mad_fab » 14 Mar 2018, 15:39

Amavro wrote:
13 Mar 2018, 22:16
Is it painting ?
Looks like stickers.

EDIT: sorry late to the party, didn't refresh the page, didn't see that this was already answered.

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Re: Air Belgium in 2018

Post by sn26567 » 14 Mar 2018, 16:05

Another interview of Niky Terzakis, from the airport viewpoint (ACI Europe):

http://www.airport-business.com/2018/03 ... -services/
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Re: Air Belgium in 2018

Post by Boeing767copilot » 15 Mar 2018, 10:15

Source ATW: http://atwonline.com/airlines/new-carri ... ceives-aoc

A new Belgian airline—Air Belgium—with backing from a huge Chinese travel agency has received its air operator’s certificate (AOC) and plans to begin flying to China in April, beginning with a service to Hong Kong. The startup has received a leased Airbus A340-300 and expects to have three more before the beginning of the northern summer. Its base will be Brussels South Charleroi Airport. Air Belgium is partly owned by UTour, China’s largest travel agency, ... :o :o

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Re: Air Belgium in 2018

Post by Passenger » 15 Mar 2018, 10:31

Boeing767copilot wrote:
15 Mar 2018, 10:15
Source ATW: http://atwonline.com/airlines/new-carri ... ceives-aoc
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Air Belgium is partly owned by UTour, China’s largest travel agency
Relevant news, thanks. Their groups will allow them to have a good load factor as from Day 1.

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Re: Air Belgium in 2018

Post by Acid-drop » 15 Mar 2018, 10:45

that's how they will fill the planes without selling tickets 6months in advance I guess ;)
so it's close to the LGG story in the end
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Re: Air Belgium in 2018

Post by Shonix » 15 Mar 2018, 10:58

Acid-drop wrote:
15 Mar 2018, 10:45
that's how they will fill the planes without selling tickets 6months in advance I guess ;)
so it's close to the LGG story in the end
You're 100% right. They feed their planes thanks to a strong cooperation with a chinese tour operator.
In the first instance will mostly be a charter airline.

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Re: Air Belgium in 2018

Post by mad_fab » 15 Mar 2018, 11:21

Acid-drop wrote:
15 Mar 2018, 10:45
so it's close to the LGG story in the end
I was thinking the same, but I wonder: is the LGG deal still on? Or did they stop?

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Re: Air Belgium in 2018

Post by Acid-drop » 15 Mar 2018, 12:19

They will start again in april, its a summer season thing
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Re: Air Belgium in 2018

Post by Amavro » 15 Mar 2018, 12:41

https://www.ketnet.be/karrewiet/14-maar ... ir-belgium

"Nice young reporter" N.T
in *Dutch*, I hope some will be happy to see that ... ;)

The aircraft is stickered.

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Re: Air Belgium in 2018

Post by Homo Aeroportus » 15 Mar 2018, 13:45

TLspotting wrote:
13 Mar 2018, 20:26
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OO-ABA is being stickered at Sabena Aerospace's Hangar (at BRU).
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Greetings !
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Just seen the video posted by Amavro.
This is not the Sabena Aerospace hangar, Loods 31, but just across the street in the TUI / JetairPort / Tec4Jets hangar 40.

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Re: Air Belgium in 2018

Post by SLM » 15 Mar 2018, 14:18

Still no timetable for the flights? Tx

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