ex-Belgian Air Force Spitfire for sale
This ex-Belgian Air Force Spitfire,
which starred in two movies, is put up for sale.
Price : 1.900.000 Euros (db)
Airport will introduce face recognition software
Starting next year, Brussels Airport will use face recognition software in order
to trace false passports. A photo take by an emigration officer is matched in
real time with the photo in the passport of the person involved. At the start
of this project six immigration-gates will receive this installation. This
software is already in use at Amsterdam/Schiphol and London/Heathrow airports.
Return of flyVLM
a reception at Antwerp Airport, the "new" VLM colours were shown to the public.
VLM has now officially returned on the market. OO-VLS was this morning baptised
as City of Antwerp by alderman Koen Kennis and VLM CEO Arthur White. The
aircraft made a one hours flight over Belgium to show it's capabilities to the
press and VIPs. Over the next months, other aircraft will be painted in the
flyVLM livery and the website www.flyvlm.com
will be reactivated. (db)
Alderman Koen Kennis (left) and CEO Arthur White
(right) unveiling the aircraft's new name.
(photograph Dirk Buytaert)
VLM crews on strike
Due to a spontanious strike action from cabin crews and pilots, all
of today's scheduled
flights between Antwerp Airport and London City have been annuled.
Normal service will resume on 08/04/2014. (db)
First Antwerpen-Southend scheduled flight inaugurated.
This morning ATR72 EI-REL flew the first scheduled service between
Antwerpen and Southend. Apart from members of the press, some 14 paying
passengers were on board, making a total of 27 passengers. On the evening return
flight there were 58 passengers and a baby.
Flight time to southend s approx. 40 minutes.
Southend has easy access to thze local railway which takes you to London's
Liverpool Street station in about 60 minutes. Trains leaving every 8 minutes on
rush hour and every 20 minutes on onther times of the day. (db)
Free fall simulator installed in Liège
Europe's largest free fall simulator is to be installed at Liège airport.
Sky Dive Spa organise has 30 monitors and 5 aircraft used to practise free fall
With the installation of this simulator they create the FLY-INdoor possibility
to exercise free fall in all security. (db)
More Brussels Airlines flights
With the start of the winter schedule Brussels Airlines will offer more
flights to its African destinations. In total, about 9% more flights will be
offered. At the same moment the service to Washington will be stopped. At the
end of March 2015 Brussels Airlines intends to restart this service to the U.S.
All KLM/Air France titles have now been removed from VLM's Fokker 50's. Some
have had the CityJet titles removed as well, and today the first aircraft,
OO-VLS, in full VLM
livery came out of the maintenance hangar.
Call it sentimental, but it was a nice sight having once more a real VLM at
Antwerp Airport. (db)
(photograph Walter Van Brempt)
Brussels Airlines adds Riga to its network
Brussels airlines will
fly to Riga, the Latvian capital starting at the end of October 2014. There will
be one daily service (except on Saturday). Today Air Baltic already offers 12
services per week between Brussels and Riga. But, as Latvia will become
President of the European Union early next year, Brussels Airlines excepts a
significant rise in the number of passengers between these two cities.
New bus-service from Antwerpen to Dusseldorf
Starting next Monday,
23th June, Deutsche Bahn offers a bus-service from Antwerpen to Dusseldorf
Airport with an additional stop at Eindhoven Airport. This service runs three
times daily and will cost around 14 euros for a single trip.
Obama in Brussels : delays possible at airport
Brussels Airport, 03 June 2014
– On 4 and 5 June the G7 summit takes place in Brussels. This summit will also
attended by the American President. The arrival and departure of the heads of
state entail extensive security measures. These may have a limited impact on the
timing of arriving and departing commercial flights in the afternoon of both
days. For questions about a specific flight, passengers had best contact their
For the same reason, the airport may be difficult to reach on
4 and 5 June. On both days access to the airport by road will be disrupted at
several moments. Passengers are therefore advised to provide ample time to
travel to the airport. Arriving passengers too may meet with disrupted traffic
when leaving the airport.
Passengers are requested to listen to the traffic information on the radio or
check the internet for more details on the traffic situation on both days.
Swissport Belgium sells aircraft cleaning activities
Handling company Swissport
Belgium announced today that they decided to sell their aircraft cleaning
activities to ISS, a company whose core-business is cleaning.
In a press-announcement Swissport Belgium underlines that the wages in the
cleaning sector are even slightly better than in the aviation sector. So, all
personnel that will have to transfert to the new employer should benefit from
Swissport Belgium has activities, not only at Brussels airport, but also van
Liège/Bierset and Ostend.
The new NH90NFH has arrived at Koksijde Air Base. In time, they will
replace the SeaKings and their seach and rescue missions. The Ministry of
defence has bought 8 units, of which 4 in NFH
(NATO Frigate Helicopter)
version and 4 in TTH (Tactical Transport
Helicopter) of which the first was delivered in 2013. (db)
(photograph Jef Pets)
No Lufthansa take-over in 2014 for Brussels Airlines
During the recent
presentation of their financial results, Lufthansa announced that they do not
have the intention to acquire the remaining Brussels Airlines shares during
2014. Since 2009 Lufthansa owns 45% of the Brussels Airlines shares. The Germans
have the right to acquire the remaining 55% so that they will become to sole
owner of this Belgian airline. They still have the opportunity to complete this
transaction until 2017.
BATA goes to court
BATA, the group representing the Belgian airlines started a court-case against
Ryanair. Ryanair personnel working on Belgian airports are hired on Irish
contracts. As a result the company has to pay less social taxes that the Belgian
airlines. BATA claims that this results in unfair competition.
Ryanair started another case
against its Belgian competitor claiming that the Belgian Governmental support
for Brussels Airlines, Jetair Fly and Thomas Cook also results in unfair
Master crosswind landings at EuroPilot Center
Antwerp based training facility EuroPilot Center invested in a brandnew Xwind
This allows them to
offer specific crosswind landing training. It is very difficult to train this
aspect of flying in a ‘real’ world. The new simulator can move ‘live‘ over a 5
meter wide virtual runway and can simulate winds up to 35 knots !! (br)
Opening Brussels-Istanbul route
8 may 2014 a new regular service between Brussels and Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen
Airport (IATA : SAW - ICAO : LTPJ) was inaugurated. Turkish Airlines flies
already five times a day between Brussels and Istanbul Ataturk Airport and adds
now a daily connection to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen, the second International
airport in Istanbul located 35 km southeast of the city. In October 2009 a new
modern terminal was opened at Sabiha Gökçen and in 2013 it handled 11.947.424
domestic passengers and 6.694.418 international passengers.
connection will be flown daily with a B737. (wv)
Deal INTRO Aviation-VLM-CityJet closed
The contract for the takeover of the CityJet Group and VLM Airlines has been
signed Wednesday April 30th.
Today Intro Aviation and VLM held a joint press conference at Antwerp Airport.
Although VLM will remain an independent company within the Intro Aviation Group,
it is not likely that you will soon see Fokkers in VLM livery. The company is
mainly going to develop its ACMI carrier potential. (aircraft, Crew, Maintenance
and Insurance). This means that they will mainly operate their aircraft on
behalf of other companies and carry their brand. Main customer will be CityJet,
but other companies will be looked for.
However the management of VLM announced also that they will further develop on
the charter market, where the aircraft will carry the Fly VLM of VLM Airlines
brand. There is a good feeling and a strong believe that Antwerp Airport will
play a prominent if not bigger role in the future of VLM and CityJet.(db)
Emirates will start flying to
Later this year, Emirates Airlines will start
scheduled flights from Dubai to Brussels Airport using Boeing 777-200ER
aircraft. When Emirates starts its operations, Brussels Airport will be linked
with three Middle East cities. Ethiad flies to Abu Dhabi and Qatar Airways to
Emirates is a major
player and this new service will make it easier to reach many (Asian)
destinations from Brussels with as top at Dubai. Traveling to Paris or Frankfurt
in order to start your intercontinental flight will no longer be necessary.
Antwerp Airport closed on 26 & 27 April 2014.
Work on the tunnel of the R11 ringway make it necessary to close the
airport for two days. At the same time, the runway, taxiways and tarmac will be
repainted. The airport will be closed to all traffic on Saturday 16th and Sunday
New flagship for NextGen Aviation
Yesterday, Antwerp based company
NextGen Aviation took delivery of its newest aircraft, a Pilatus PC.12
single-engine turboprop aircraft. It was delivered from Geneva to Antwerpen.
NextGen already operates a Tecnam P.2006 twin and a Cirrus SR.22T. (br)
Re-birth for VLM Airlines?
Intro Aviation which has just acquired CityJet, wants to re-use the VLM brand.
The company's capital has been raised by 2.8 million euro.
Meanwhile rumour - but not yet confirmed has it that new detinations will be
flown out of Antwerp, when the new VLM takes-off. (db)
New scheduled service for Antwerp Airport
Stobart Air announced that they will start a new Antwerp to Southend service on
3th July 2014. This service will be flown, under franchising agreement, by FlyBe
using ATR.72-600 aircraft owned by Stobart Air. Initially there will be two
daily flights during the weekdays. From early September a third flight will be
added. Stobart Air, that also owns Southend Airport, also announced today
scheduled flights to Birmingham, Munster/Osnabruck, Köln/Bonn and Reims.
This new service for Antwerp Airport was announced by Airport Commander Wim
Verbist (photo right) and Sean Brogan, CEO of Stobart Air (photo left). (br)
"99 Luftballons" for JoeFM
The Belgian radio-channel JoeFM celebrated its 5th anniversary with a large
hot-air balloon event on Sunday-evening 30 April 2014. This event was based on
the world famous hit from the German singer Nena ’99 Luftballons’. From two
launch-sites at Eeklo a total of 100 balloons flew on a beautiful
Sunday-evening. 85 Belgian registered balloons participated !
New destinations from Brussels Airport
With the start of
the summer season schedule, Brussels Airport has two new long-haul services to
the U.S.A. U.S. Airways started a second daily service, this time from Brussels
to Charlotte. This flight will be operated until 2 September 2014. Jetairfly
starts a non-stop service from Brussels to Miami. This service is flown twice
per week starting on 5th April 2014.(br)
Obama visit to cause disruptions at Brussels Airport
On 25 and 26 March the
American president Barack Obama will be visiting our country. His arrival and
departure entail extensive security measures. These measures may have an impact
on the scheduled times of both arriving and departing commercial flights.
Although the airport operator does not expect any flights to be cancelled,
delays at certain moments are very likely. For more information about their
specific flight, passengers are advised to contact their airline.
On 25 and 26 March the airport
may be difficult to reach for the same reason. Both rail and road traffic to and
from the airport may be disrupted at certain moments. That is why Brussels
Airport advises all departing passengers to provide ample time to arrive at the
airport. Arriving passengers too may meet with traffic disruptions when leaving
Traffic information on the
radio and the internet may provide more exact information on both days.
Brussels Airport itself will inform the passengers through Twitter.
AIR SERBIA : new weekend flights to Belgrade
Serbia’s national carrier Air Serbia
in cooperation with Brussels airport is presenting new weekend schedules in
order to promote Belgrade as one of the top destinations.
Flight leaves on Friday night at
9.20pm, return flight on Sunday at 6pm, ideal to plan a romantic weekend or an
interesting city trip. The company expects reach some 10.000 passengers during
2014. Besides these weekend flight, Air Serbia also offers daily flights between
Brussels and Belgrade.
22 million loss for Brussels Airlines
Brussels Airlines booked a 22 million loss in 2013. For the fifth
consecutive year the company lost money. This loss is significant less than the
60 million in 2012.
The company managed to reduce the costs with 10%. The turnover rose with 2,2 %
to 1,14 million Euro. The number of passengers travelling with Brussels Airlines
rose with 1,7% .
These financial results include the 15 million Euro support that the company
receives from the Belgian government. The company expects to be profitable
during 2015 or 2016.
TNT Express plans expansion at Liège/Bierset
TNT Express wants to invest into its facilities at Liège/Bierset airport. This
investments will result in a 50% higher capacity of the logistics center. Every
night the company handles about 40 parcelflights. About 1.500 employees are
working at the airport. A potential investor is Qatar Airways. This company is
interested to buy 49% of the TNT Express shares. Last year Qatar Airways sold
its participation in the Luxemburg cargo airlines Cargolux. They are now looking
for a new partner to expand their share in the European airfreight sector. (br/js)
New Brussels to Newcastle service
Today BMI started a new Brussels to Newcastle service. They fly this route twice
a day (one service on Sundays). BMI is the only carrier offering a direct flight
between these two cities. Flights are performed with an Embraer Emb.145 and take
75 minutes. (br)
Bronco ready for the air show season
The newly restored Rockwell OV.10 Bronco G-ONAA is ready for the
coming airshow season. The aircraft received maintenance at Wevelgem and Manston
(G). At the end of 2013 it was flown to Midden Zeeland for repainting in
Luftwaffe colors. On Sunday 02 March 2014 the aircraft returned to Wevelgem. We
presume it is now ready for the coming air show season. (br)
(photo : Bronco Team)
(photo : Henk Wadman)
New app developed by
Belgian Aviation School
Pilots worldwide who want to get a European (EASA) license can do their studies
using the brand new iPad app developed by the Belgian EuroPilot Center in
co-operation with the American King Schools.
The App E-gle (EASA Guided Learning Experience) contains loads of course
material, audio material and interactive exam trainers.
E-gle can be downloaded free of charge from the Apple App Store (search for “E-gle”)
and contains a demo version of all modules.
More information about E-gle can be found at: www.kingschools.com/EASA-training
Douglas Bader Shell UK trophy to Renaud Thys
The Belgian Air Force F16 demo pilot, Captain Renaud Thys was awarded the Dougla
Bader Shell UK trophy at the annual Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at
Fairford in the U.K.
This price is awarded to the best demo pilot participating at this event. It is
the first time a Belgian pilot takes this price home. Renaud Thys flies his F16
from Florennes Air Base as a member of 350 Squadron. (BR)
Positive growth for Wevelgem airport
Over the last 6 months, the airport of Wevelgem saw an increase of more than 27%
on movements and more than 25% in passengers. This is due to a positive change
in the economy and visitors to the 100 years of the great War events.
Red Devils back in Belgium
this afternoon the Red Devils arrived back in Belgium aboard Brussels Airlines
Airbus A.330. The flight from Brasil is, with more than eleven hours, the
longest in the company's history. (db)
(photograph Hugo Teugels)
Close cooperation between VLM Airlines and Vizion Air
fom today, Vizion Air has a second Fokker 50 on standby at a permanent basis.
The aircraft is VLM's OO-VLO which is now flying in full Vizion Air livery.
VLM is responsable for crew and maintenance of the aircraft. The aircraft will
remain on standby at Antwerp airport, the 2nd one is based at Maastricht. (db)
Brussels Airport : 3rd record month in row
June Brussels Airport welcomed 2,083,096 passengers. Never before, the month of
June exceeded 2 million departing passengers. Over the first half of the year,
Brussels Airport records an 11.8% growth in passenger numbers compared to last
year, driven mainly by the increased offer. The number of aircraft movements
increased at a slower pace than the number of passengers due to an improved
average passenger payload per flight. (ebbr/db)
Jet Airways uprade
Jet Airways - India's largest nternational airline - has decided to use its new
Boeing 777-300 on the Brussels-Toronto-Brussels route. As from yesterday, 6 out
of 7 flights will be operated by the Boeing 777-300. (db)
AirNav Race 2014 – first race flown at Keiheuvel today
Today, 21th June 2014, the first of three competitions took place today at
Keiheuvel. There were 10 competitors from different Flemish aeroclubs. Winners
of this first competition are Judith Van Wijk and Willem Rongé flying Cessna
F.172N- OO-CNC. The Aeroclub Van Brasschaat also took the second place with C.
Heynen and O. Vandenbriel flying PA 18-95 Super Cub OO-SPG. The third place went
to a team from Vliegclub Grimbergen. The second test takes place at Zoersel on 5th
July. The final contest will be flown from Brasschaat early September.
Belgocontrol comitted to green landings
Belgocontrol elaborated a working method that allows aircraft to descend
gradually before they land at Brussels Airport. These so-called Continuous
Descent Operations (CDO) are more beneficial for the environment than levelling
off. The procedure that will come into effect on June 26th is the result of a
collaboration between Brussels Airport, Brussels Airlines and a number of other
airline companies. (db/Belgocontrol)
Air Cargo Award for Brussels Airport
Yesterday Brusssels airport
was declared best freight airport of 2014 at the
World Air Cargo Awards in
Shanghai. With 650.000 ton of freight per year, Brussels airport has a key-role
in the international freight business. (wv)
Red Devils to Brasil
The Belgian national
football team, the Red Devils left Belgium today for Brasil were they will
compete in the World Football Cup competition. Brussels Airlines Airbus A.330
OO-SFO received additional titles and stripes for this special flight. This
morning the aircraft left Brussels Airport for a flight to Sao Paulo with a
fuel-stop at Dakar. The (special) flightnumber used was SN2014 ! (br)
(photograph Yves Deliens)
Busy days for Pieter De Crem
Another new aircraft for the Ministry of Defence was presented to the
The new Airbus A321 will be used as troop transport, evacuation aircraft and VIP
transport. The new aircraft has a capacity of 152 passengers and 40m³ of
(photograph Jef Pets)
April beats all previous records
With nearly 1.9
million passengers handled, Brussels Airport records the best month of April
ever. Air cargo volumes too continue to grow.
Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport Company explains:
“It is for the first time that we beat the
historical record figures of the year 2000. A strong performance at the end of a
very difficult economic period. In April of this year, we carried slightly more
passengers than in April 2000 but with a third less aircraft.“
2014 Brussels Airport recorded 1.9 million passengers, up 16.6% on April 2013.
too continues the growth pattern of the previous months. In April, the cargo
volume carried again increased by more than 6%. Integrator traffic, e-commerce,
the transportation of pharmaceuticals and perishables in particular are
With 19,665 flights, the number of movements grew by 7.1% compared to April
2013. Since a few years, the increase in the number of flights has been
systematically lower than the growth in passenger number. Due the use of on
average larger aircraft and the improvement of the load factor per aircraft, the
average number of passengers per passenger flight once again increased. (db)
Personal service for Etihad passengers
Dhabi based Etihad Airways launched a new extra service for First- and Business
can use the Etihad Chauffeur service for transport from or to the airport. This
service, that is also available at Brussels Airport, can be used by Etihad
Frequent Flyer member with Gold Elite , Gold or Silver status. They can use up
to four free taxi-ride in one flight ! (from their home or office to the
airport, two rides at their destination and a final ride back home !!) (br)
Very successful Antwerp Aviation Fair 2014
This year’s edition of the ASA Antwerp Aviation Fair, organised by
our group in the Stampe & Vertongen Museum hangar was a very well attended.
We are really pleased with the number of visitors. This was certainly a lot
higher than the previous year. It is always good to see (and speak) to a lot of
A.S.A.-members. Thanks to all visitors and everyone offering aviation related
material on the different stands. A special thanks to the small group of A.S.A.
members that prepared the hangar and cleaned it after the event. During the day
they manned the entrance, the bar and the A.S.A.-sales-stand. Your work is very
much appreciated! (br)
Parking more expensive than airline
The results of a recent study show that de Belgian airport car parks are very
expensive. Parking at German or Dutch airports is less expensive than leaving
your car at Brussels or Charleroi airport. Parking your car for one week at one
of these airports will cost you between 80 and 90 Euro’s. And… so the airport
car park is, sometimes, more expensive than a low-cost airline ticket !!
Fly from Brussels to Iceland
This Thursday, May 1st, Icelandair restarts its scheduled flight from
Brussels to Reykjavik. During May and from 25th September till 23rd
October there will be two weekly flights. During the high summer season 4 weekly
flights are planned. Roundtrip tickets are available from 267 Euros.
Hawker Fury baptised
The Hawker Fury at Antwerp was officially baptised and presented to the public
during a well visited reception at the Sky Park hangar.
It has also been confirmed that the Fury will be on display at the Antwerp
Stampe Fly In on May 31st and June 1st, 2014. (db)
Douglas DC.8 flight sim coming to Saint Ghislain ?
Eric Verlie and friends are working on the purchase of an ex Flying
Tigers DC.8-63 flight simulator. At this moment they are raising 10.000 dollars
needed to ship this simulator from Texas to Saint Ghislain. There it will join
the cockpit of Sabena DC.10 OO-SLA and a Boeing 737-400 cockpit procedure
trainer. More info on
Direct flights Brussels to Rome with Vueling
Vueling is now offering direct flights from Brussels to Rome this gives one the
possibility to fly to the entire Mediterranean area in an affordable way the
company's hubs in Barcelona and Rome.
The Spanish airline today opens the first of seven new direct from Brussels ...
Rome ! With a network covering 122 destinations Vueling offers its
travellers an alternative of choice at affordable prices. (wv)
Jetairfly flies to Praag
Last Friday Jetairfly started a new scheduled service from Charleroi airport to
Praag. This service is offered three times every week
Liege Airport leads African Market
Liege Airport successfully continues its cargo development. ANA Airline
Management has decided to base its cargo fleet at Liege Airport as from 29 May
There will be 5 flights a week on a regular basis. In addition, there will be
charter flights and humanitarian flights. For Liege Airport, these operations
represent an increase in the volumes transported of at least 30,000 tonnes per
year, or a growth of over 5%. Imports will be essentially perishable products
(flowers, fruit and vegetables).
The arrival of ANA Aviation will lead to the creation of 80 direct jobs and at
least 200 indirect jobs.
Most of the flights will be operated towards Central and Western Africa. This
will strengthen the position of Liege Airport on this continent. (db/Liege
Airport Press release)
Air France will sell daughter CityJet to German Intro Aviation. The
company finally decided to take up the offer. This means that VLM is now also in
Intro Aviation specializes in restructuring airlines and then sell them - in
reduced form. In 2003 the company bought Deutsche BA for 1 euro from British
Airways and the sold it to Air Berlin. CityJet was put up for sale by Air
France-KLM in September 2012. It has a fleet of 38 regional airliners (mainle
RJ85 en Fokker 50) and performs 480 flights per week throughout Europe. (db/ps)
Hawker Fury engine tests
The Hawker Fury FB.10 VH-ISS which has been in restoration at Antwerp airport
for over 2 years has made its first enginetests and completed them with
(photograph Walter Van Brempt)
Lecture on Louis De Brouckère
After years of resaerch, Jan Lantmeeters has published his boek “Léon
de Brouckère. Belgisch luchtvaartpionier”.
This is the story of a balloonist, aircraft constructor and pioneer at the
beginning of the Belgian aviation history.
Jan will give a presentation on April 24th (7.30pm) at the auditorium of the
Toegangspoort Kattevennen Cosmodrome
Please register in advance via
+32 (0)89 65 38 14.
book will be on sale (29,50 eur) or kan be ordered via
Brussels Airport Award for Qatar Airways
Qatar Airways won the Network
Development Award at the Brussels Airport Aviation Awards. Qatar received to
award for the growing number of flights out of Brussels and being the first
company to introduce of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
than 30.000 visited the first Flemish Aviation Day which was organised at the
Flemish airports and airfield.
We at Antwerp were the first to get the visit of Minister president Kris Peeters
and minister Hilde Crevits, who gave the kick-off at 9am.
They had a walk through the main building visiting all the different stands and
were given a short flight over Antwerp to get them in the mood.
It was beautifull though exhausting day for all volunteers who did all they
could to make this a successfull event. (db)
(photo Dirk Buytaert)
Tunnel at end of runway in new phase
As from 8/3/2014 all traffic on the R11 road (Militaire baan) will pass over a
new parallel road. This is new road has been constructed so that work on the
tunnel at the end of the runway can start. Work will be done mostly during the
night as no large matrial such as cranes can be used during opening hours of the
airport (7am-11pm). The construction of a tunnel became necessary as the
airport needs to install a RESA in order to be compliant with safety
regulations. The RESA zone will be implemented on top of the tunnel and will go
as far as Fort III. (db)
(photo : Hugo De Backer)