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18/07/2016
1st Commercial flight to St.-Helena

On July 13th, 2016 the first commercial flight with three passengers aboard arrived at the remote island of St. Helena. (The island where Napoleon died in May 1821) In 2011 the British government decided to construct an airport on the island.
This first commercial flight was organised by the Antwerp based The Aviation Factory.

29/06/2016
Freddy Van Gaever stops plan to start a new (Flemish) regional airline
At a press-conference today, Freddy Van Gaever announced that he stops his efforts to start a new regional airline in the wake of the V.L.M. disaster. Van Gaever explained that he had all necessary qualified people and investors ready to take action. His initial plan was to restart a scheduled service from  Antwerpen to Hamburg (3 flights per day) and a single rotation to Southampton starting on July 11th . The new airline, called ‘VG’, would be founded in partnership with Antwerpen-based broker The Aviation Factory. ‘VG’ intended to hire at least 50 staff to start its activities. There is also a deal with the VLM trustees to buy two former V.L.M. Fokker 50 aircraft. Everything went well until a meeting with the Belgian C.A.A. yesterday. According to Van Gaever the Belgian C.A.A. management has no intentions to support the start of a new Belgian regional airline !!

26/06/2016
ATR-42 for the Antwerp-London Service

After the VLM debacle on June 22nd, CityJet has been flying the Antwerp-London service with their own Avro RJ85. As from today, a Danish Air Transport (DAT what a pun) will take over on their behalf with an ATR-42.
Strange in this story is that some flights will go to London-Southend wil others go to London City airport.
22/06/2016
More passengers for Brussels Airlines

The number of passengers on Brussels Airlines flights rose with 4,2% compared to May 2015. A total of 697941 passengers flew with the airline. On the North Atlantic route there was an increase of 25,4% mainly due to the new Brussels-Toronto service.
12/06/2016
Two JMB aircraft VL.3’s plan flight to EAA Airventure at Oshkosh

Three Belgian pilots announced their plan to fly to Oshkosh in northern Wisconsin in two JM Aircraft VL.3 ultra light aircraft. They will make this trip next month and plan to fly from Belgium to their destination in 40 flying hours with only five stops. The VL3 is a high performance side-by-side ultra light with a cruising speed of 270 km/h. It is produced in the Czech Republic by the Belgian company JMB Aircraft based at Amougies airport.More info about this event on
http://vl3-challenge.eu/en/the-team/
02/06/2016
TNT Airways (Belgium) to become ASL Airlines Belgium

Irish based ASL Airlines Group has acquired t
he airline operations of TNT Express N.V.  comprised of TNT Airways (Belgium) and Pan Air Líneas Aéreas (Spain). The two airlines are to be renamed ASL Airlines Belgium and ASL Airlines Spain respectively.
TNT Airways and Pan Air Líneas Aéreas have become part of ASL Aviation Group, bringing the number of airlines in the Irish based aviation group to nine.
A staff of 580 people from the two airlines have transferred to ASL as a part of the acquisition and the total number of global staff in the ASL group is now 2,500 from 51 nationalities.
The employees’ current terms and conditions of employment will be respected and it is intended that the TNT Airways facilities in Liège, Belgium and Madrid, Spain will be maintained as the corporate offices of ASL Airlines Belgium and ASL Airlines Spain. TNT Express’ Liège hub (Eurohub) is not part of the airlines sale.
25/05/2016
Juridicial protection for VLM Airlines
This afternoon the Antwerp Commercial Court has approved the Judicial Reorganisation that VLM Airlines NV voluntarily applied for on the 13th of May 2016.
VLM Airlines NV will now benefit from creditor protection for the coming 6 months. The WCO legislative framework will give the breathing space during the coming 6 months to restructure and refinance the business as planned. The management will be focussing now on the refinancing of the business, preferably through a sale and lease back and continuing to scrutinize our cost base whilst maximizing our revenue streams.
24/05/2016
FlyingGroup and Lelystad

Antwerp based FlyingGroup will build a its own new maintenance hanger at Lelystad Airport. The letter of intend will be signed next Wednesday at EBACE. Although the group has aircraft bases at Amsterdam and Rotterdam, the current choice is in anticipation of converting Lelystad to a full flegded airport.
14/05/2016
Second weekly flight Antwerp-Nador
JetairFly has announced that starting June 1st, they will fly to Nador on Wednesdays. The present Saturday flight is highly successful and the company wants to make travelling from Antwerp to Morocoo more fleible for the passengers.

13/05/2016
NHV to operate in Africa

Belgian based operator NHV have recently taken two Airbus H175 helicopters out to Western Africa, and will be operating them from Ghana.  They will be based at Takoradi under contract to Tullow Oil, which has had interests in two exploration licences offshore Ghana since 2006. NHV now has two H175s based at Aberdeen in the UK, two at Den Helder in Netherlands and this pair in Ghana.

01/05/2016
Jetairfly 787-800 having technical problem

A Jetairfly Boeing 787-800, registration OO-JDL performing flight TB-705 from Brussels (Belgium) to Cancun (Mexico), was climbing out of Brussels' runway 07R when the crew requested to stop the climb at FL070 advising of a technical problem with the gear. The aircraft continued in the general direction of the departure route, the crew subsequently decided to return to Brussels, climbed the aircraft to FL150 for a fuel dump over the North Sea and landed safely on Brussels' runway 07L about 90 minutes after departure. Following landing the crew requested emergency services to inspect the gear and specifically asked whether there was any debris, fire fighters reported seeing nothing unusual.
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29/04/2016
Brussels Airport partially reopens the departure hall on 1 May
The departure hall at Brussels Airport will be partially open on 1 May. It took less than 40 days for the Brussels Airport staff who worked relentlessly, to restore a large part of the departure hall for its passengers. Following an opening ceremony, the passengers of three flights departing on Sunday afternoon will be able to check in via the departure hall. As of Monday, the check-in procedure for all flights will be divided between the departure hall and the temporary structure.

28/04/2016
New flight schedules at Brussels Airport

From Monday 2 May a new flight schedule will take effect at Brussels Airport. The number of passengers per flight is rising faster than expected, so a new flight schedule has been drawn up for all passengers to leave in complete safety and comfort.
According to the alternative flight schedule, the number of departing flights is limited to 22 flights per hour, i.e. fewer flights than during peak hours since the reopening at the beginning of April.
The work for a partial reopening of the departure lounge is entering its final phase. However, a date for the reopening cannot be confirmed yet.

26/04/2016
Belgian drones producer AltiGator receives authorization

The Belgian company AltiGator, a producer of drones recently received an authorization from the DGLV (directoraat Generaal Luchtvaart). As a result, their drones can operate on a legal basis in Belgium. (if the pilot is also certified !!)
AltiGator already received an authorization from the French C.A.A. some time ago and is one of the leading companies in this market. The ILVO (Instituut voor Landbouw- en Visserijonderzoek is one of the users of a drone constructed by AltiGator.

21/04/2016
First orders for the Sonaca/Aviation Factory Sling
During the Aero 2015 at Friedrichshafen Sonaca announced the first orders for the Aircraft Factory Sling. This South African built aircraft is promoted and offered for sale by Sonaca since last year. They received orders for 14 aircraft sold in Germany, France the UK… and Belgium !!

14/04/2016
VLM asks advice to customers regarding new routes

Following the marketing ‘outside-in’ idea VLM organized an online survey. They asked for suggestions regarding possible new routes. This survey was such a great success that is was of-line after only one day.
VLM itself suggested new routes to Munchen, Lyon and Dublin.

03/04/2016 Brussels Airport partially reopened
The first three flights of Brussels Airlines out of Brussels Airport flew today. Ever since the terrorist attacks at Brussels on March 22, the airport had a complete shut down. Over the next days, the number of flights will slowly be expanded, but it is more than clear that it will take weeks before Brussels Airport is back to its normal capacity.
In the meantime, the airports of Antwerp, Liège and Ostend will continue to do (more than) their share of the work.
Antwerp airport has known its busiest week in its history. One can say that thanks to the spirit of the airport's personnel and of the people that came over from the different Brussels companies (Brussels Airlines, Aviapartner, ...) all has been smoothly organised and passengers have been accomodated as best as could be under the circumstances. This also goes for the other regional airports.
24/02/2016
Chalair to open toutes from Antwerp Airport

The French company Chalair announced today that they will start operating  two routes from Antwerp airport : Geneva en Caen. The latter will be flown three times weekly. More details to follow at a press conference on March 2nd.

08/02/2016
Brussels Airport to be Spotter Friendly
Brussels Airport is trying to become "Spotter" minded and wants to hear from you.
This is THE oppotunity to spill your ideas, remarks, etc.. about spotting at Brussels Airport.
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29/01/2016
Second Fokker 50 for Vision Air

Vision Air is to base a second Fokker 50 at Antwerp Airport. OO-VLF will be painted in Vision Air colours during the next weeks. Along with OO-VLP both aircraft will be based at Antwerp Airport. Crew and maintenance will be delivered by VLM.

18/01/2016
Liege airport in olympic shape

2015 has been an exceptional year in goods transport by air for Liege Airport. 650 000 tonnes transited through our airport, i.e. an increase of 10%. Passenger activity has remained stable. Investment to the tune of € 16 million will underpin development in 2016.

14/01/2016
Bigger WIZZ Air planes

WIZZ Air has announced that it will use teh Airbus A321ceo on its daily Charleroi-Budapest service. On Friday and Sunday the service will be flown twice daily.
12/01/2016
All-time record for Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines has seen its biggets rise in passenger numbers ever in 2015. 5,5 miljon passengers used the airline last year which is a growth of 12,1% compared to 2014 and 30% as to 2013. This growth is far better than the Euroepan average.
03/01/2016
Fantastic year for Antwerp Airport

The year 2015 was a fantastic year for Antwerp International Airport. The additional destinations offered bij VLM and the coming of Jetair saw the passengernumbers booming for the first time in ages. In total 221.155 passengers passed through Antwerp Airport (compared to 121.357 in 2014).
 
28/06/2016
New Chalair route

Starting Monday July 4th, Chalair will fly the Antwerp Hamburg service with Beech 1900 on weekdays.
As from September 1st, both the Antwerp-Hamburg and the Antwerp-Geneva service will be flown twice daily.
Tickets can be booked via www.chalair.eu or through travel agencies, on-line sales and Air France
22/06/2016
VLM Airlines bankcrupt

At noon today VLM Airlines announced its bankcruptcy. All flights have been suspended and the 160 employees have been informed of the situation.
A sad day for aviation in Antwerp and Belgium.
Our toughts are now with the employees.
 

21/06/2016
Flying Group inaugurates hangar at Brussels Airport

Today, Antwerp based bizjet operator Flying Group inaugurated a 4.000 m2 large hangar at Brussels Airport. Next to this hangar the company has a 3.000 m2 large apron where visiting bizjets will be parked. This hangar is a new step in a plan that should make Flying Group an important player in bizjet operations and handling at Brussels Airport.

26/05/2016
Russian approval for NHV

NHV and its Russian commercialization partner HELIATICA successfully obtained approval from the Russian Federal Aviation Agency (RFAA) for NHV’s maintenance facility in Ostend. This opens the door to the Russian market for NHV who already secured a first maintenance project for a Russian executive customer – 6-year inspection on Airbus Helicopters H155.
NHV became the first foreign maintenance provider ever to pass through the validation process under the new Russian regulation, Federal Aviation Rules 285 (FAP-285) which entered into force at the end of 2015. The new rules were introduced by RFAA in order to harmonize Russian regulation with EASA and FAA rules and NHV was the first maintenance provider to successfully get through the transition period from previous standards FAP-145 to the new FAP-285 rules.
Earlier in 2015 HELIATICA was appointed as NHV’s local partner to market and sell NHV’s maintenance and training services in Russia. “HELIATICA has applied for validation of NHV’s training center”, – comments Tatyana DUSHENKOVA, the general director of HELIATICA. – “We strongly believe in our partnership with NHV whose experience in operations, maintenance and training under OGP standards for international oil and gas customers, will be a big help for existing VIP customers of Airbus Helicopters H155 and H175 and AgustaWestland AW139 and for emerging Russian off-shore O&G market”.
The first Russian customer has already chosen NHV to perform a 6-year inspection for his Airbus Helicopters H155 (EC155 B1). The maintenance project is expected to be finished in June 2016.

25/05/2016
'The Suite' at N'Djili

Brussels Arline has opened its first airport lounge outside Belgium. The Congolese first minister opened the lounge 'The Suite' at N'Djili airport. Passengers can now enjoy the unique comfort before their flight to Brussels.
24/05/2016
New hangar at Brussels Airport

FlyingGroup announced at EBACE that they are opening a new hangar at Brussels Airport. The new service hangar covers 4000m² with an additional apron of 3000m².
21/05/20126
VLM F50 at Waterford on May 20th 2016, nose gear steering failure

A VLM Fokker 50, registration OO-VLI performing flight W2-6142 from London Luton,EN (UK) to Waterford (Ireland) with 14 passengers and 4 crew, was on final approach to Waterford's runway 03 when the crew went around and decided to divert to Dublin. On approach to Dublin the crew advised they had a problem with the nose gear steering, needed a towbar for the F50 and a tug to vacate the runway as quickly as possible. The aircraft was vectored for an approach to Dublin's runway 28 and stopped on the runway, while the airport switched to runway 16. The Fokker 50 was subsequently towed off the runway.  By Simon Hradecky

13/05/2016
VLM Airlines protected against debtors
VLM Airlines has today filed for juridicial reorganisation. Therefor the company is now protected for six months against creditors and should give the company enough time to fully implement the reorgansiation which started in January of this year and pay-off the historical debts the company has.
 

06/05/2016
Aero Service stopped operations
Aero Service is a Dutch maintenance organisation that took over the general aviation maintenance activities from Abelag Aviation about two years ago. Recently the company stopped all operations at Antwerp Airport. The company offered maintenance services for single and twin engined piston-aircraft. It seems the company ran into financial difficulties resulting in the closure of the Antwerp facility.

 

29/04/2016
Air Canada downgrades aircraft on the Brussels service
Air Canada is a new name in the long list of foreign carriers that are reducing the number of flights into Brussels or flying with smaller aircraft. The company announced that, till 1st June 2016, the Airbus A.330-300 normally used will be replaced by the smaller Boeing 767-300. The result will be a reduction of about 20% of seats available.

 
28/04/2016
Ryanair to start Charleroi-Glasgow service

Rayanair has announced that they will start operting a twice-weekly Charleroi-Glasgow service as from October 30th, 2016. Tickets are available from 19,99 eur.
 

28/04/2016
Lufthansa postpones Brussels Airlines integration
The full integration of Brussels Airlines into the Lufhansa Group has been postponed.  The Germans decided to take the decision to buy the remaining 45% of the Brussels Airlines stock only in September of this year. The official reason for this decision is the recent terrorist attack at Brussels Airport that totally disrupted the operations of Brussels Airlines.
But… there are still serious discussions regarding the role of Brussels Airlines in the Lufthansa Group. Brussels Airlines should merge with low-cost carrier Germanwings. On the other hand Brussels Airlines became a strong name, certainly for the African flights and the company wants to preserve their identity.  There also seems to be no clear view on the future of Brussels Airlines within the Lufthansa Group regarding new services and aircraft.

 

27/04/2016
Very successful Aero 2016 for JMB Aircraft
Amougies based ULM dealer JMB Aircraft had a very successful Aero 2016 at Friedrichshafen (Germany) earlier this month.
The company sold 10 JMB aircraft VL.3 aircraft (the former Aveko VL.3).  The company now has a backlog for 43 aircraft. They decided to increase the production rate from 4 to 5 aircraft per month in order to reduce the delivery time. Delivery time for new orders is now February 2017 !

 

22/04/2016
KLM campaign ‘not correct’ according to PM Charles Michel

Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel gave a reaction to the KLM commercial campaign that started on the Flemish radio-stations earlier this week. KLM not only promotes flying from Amsterdam/Schiphol but also adds a Thalys trainticket from Brussel or Antwerpen in their ticket-price.

Charles Michel commented that KLM has the right to start a commercial campaign in Belgium but added that this action is ‘not correct’ !

 

16/04/2016
Brussels Airport will reopen the old trainstation

Brussels Airport is considering to reopen the former (old) train station. After the 22 March terrorist attack it remains impossible to reach the airport by train. The new train station gives direct access to the destroyed departure hall. And this hall is (of course) closed for renovation works.
When the old station reopens passengers will be able the reach the airport by train and will arrive outside the airport building where they have to queue for the additional security checks.

 

15/04/2016
Embraer 545 – OO-NEY used for testflights
Belgian registered Embraer 545 Legacy 450  -OO-NEY – was leased back by the constructor for flight into La Mole/Cote d’Azur airport recently. This airport has a runway of 1.180 meters only and is surrounded by mountains. After these flights Embraer obtained permission to fly the Emb.545 Legacy 450 into this very popular airport. This aircraft type is now the largest bizjet that is allowed to operate from La Mole.

 

04/03/2016
Renovation works on runway 01/19

Brussels Airport is planning major renovation works on runway 01/19 from 26 July to 25 September 2016. To minimise their duration and their impact on neighbouring residents and airport activities, the renovation works will be carried out in stages, including at night. During the works, runway use will deviate from the preferential runway system (PRS).

 
09/02/2016
Strong passenger growth - Freight down

Brussels Airport received almost 1.5 million passengers in January, which is a significant increase of 7.5% compared with January last year. On the other hand, the number of flight movements rose by less than 1%, which means that the passenger load factor was much higher than in January last year. Freight volume declined by 2.4% compared with January last year. The decrease can be attributed to the departure of Ethiopian Cargo, which did not obtain the necessary traffic rights for Belgium.
 
29/01/2016
New shop at Antwerp Airport

As planned, the new Antwerpflyshop opened its doors today in the check-in hall at Antwerp Airport. The shop sells coffee, Antwerp brewed beers (De Koninck, Vedett, Duvel) and other specialities typical for Antwerp. 
 
12/01/2016
New passenger record for Brussels Airport

Brussels Airport can look back on a year of strong growth. In 2015, the number of passengers grew by 7% on last year, with Brussels Airport receiving almost 23.5 million passengers. Freight transport through Brussels Airport in 2015 saw vigorous growth of nearly 8% compared with 2014, especially the full freighter segment and the express services.
 
   

 

 

 

 

     

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