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Boeing 737-800 for VLM?

Travel Service has agreed on an ACMI leasing of one of their Boeing 737-800s to VLM Airlines for the 2015/16 winter season. The aircraft will be based in Brussels. VLM have ordered SSJ100 LRs, however the first two planes planned for 2015 are now expected be delivered in 2016 only.
Hans Vanhaelemeesch promoted

Jetair spokesman Hans Vanhaelemeesch has been promoted to Chief Communication Officer for the company's Western Region.
He will lead and coordinate the communication departments for Belgium, The Netherlands and France.
The cvompany is now looking for a new spokesman for Belgium.

The visit of "The Beast"

Emirates has today presented it flagship the Airbus A380-800 on its Dubai-Brussels service.
Normally this service is operated by Boeing B777's, but on the occasion of the first anniversary of Emirates Belgium, the company wanted to do something special.
It was much appreciated by the public and the spotters.
VLM airlines joined IATA's BSP

VLM Airlines has significantly expanded the distribution of its schedules and fares by joining IATA’s Billing and Settlement Plan (BSP) across 10 countries – Belgium, the Netherlands, the UK, Ireland, Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy, Spain and Greece. VLM Airlines’ flights will be displayed on all major GDSs, with content going live on Amadeus immediately, on Sabre by the end of the month, and on Galileo and Worldspan in the second half of October.
Travel agents can now book flights under the VG code and issue tickets as VG/693 documents. VLM Airlines has also developed a number of private fare products: Corporate, Seaman, IT fares and a very attractive travel agent PEP fare at €99 all-inclusive and valid on all routes.
VLM Airlines now offers 132 scheduled services per week to eight destinations in six countries, including Antwerp, Rotterdam, Geneva, Hamburg, Southampton, Birmingham, Waterford and London Luton.

Sanicole Airshow

On Sunday 20 September 2015 the Aeroclub Sanicole organizes their annual Sanicole International Airshow.
Expected performers are : F16, Agusta A.109 and the Red Devils from the Belgian A.F. The Canadian Skyhawks parachute team. A French Rafale jet and the Italian Frecce Tricolori aerobatic team. A Mig 29 and a Sukhoi Su 22 from the Polish A.F.
A second aerobatic team will be the Patrouille Swiss with their Northrop F.5E fighters
Oldtimers flying during the airshow are a PBY 5 Catalina and the Spitfire Mk.IX and B.25 Mitchell from the Dutch Historic Flight. Also the Breitling Lockheed L.1049 Constellation will be present as well as the Douglas DC.3 from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight. Civil performers will include O’Briens Flying Circus and the Raven Team with 5 Vans aircraft from the U.K. and U.S. aerobatic pilot Melissa Pemberton.
New landingprocedures for Antwerp airport

Starting in December, aircraft will be able to land using sattelite data. Pilots will then be allowed to make Required Navigation Performance (RNP) approaches.This procedure optimalises the navigation and has positive effect on the environment.
Bolgocontrol will introduce this system on Belgium's other four airports in short term.
Start of the Antwerp-Ibiza schedule

As from today Jetairfly will fly twice weekly (Friday and Sunday) from Antwerp to Ibiza.
Antonov An-2 for Pairi Daiza

Pairi Daiza announced that they will operate a 30 year old Antonov 2. The aircraft has been nicknamed "Eagle Eye" and is painted after a design by designer Jean-François Charles. Its first Belgian appearance will be at Ursel Avia on June 27/28th.
Emirates Airbus A.380 at Brussels Airport

On Friday 18th September 2015 Emirates will operate the Brussels to Dubai service with an Airbus A.380 aircraft. On this one-off flight with the A.380 economy return fares are available at the special price of 380 Euros !! This price also allows you to fly on to Emirates destinations further than Dubai.
The aircraft will arrive at Brussels airport at 13.15hrs local time and depart around 18.00hrs. (br)
New parking space and luggage belt

Parking P2 in front of the airportbuidling has been reorganised and is now in use. At present parking is still free of charge but will be payable by the end of the month.
Parking P3 will remain free of charge till October 1st. There is a free shutlle between P3 and the airport building.
In the meantime, a new luggage belt for arriving passengers has been installed and taken into use. (db)

U.S. immigration at Brussels Airport ?

If everything goes well passengers will be able to pass U.S. immigration checks at Brussels Airport before boarding their flight to the U.S. in 2018. Together with nine other airports Brussels Airport will participate in the U.S. Pre-clearance program.
When operational, this service will result in an important time saving when travelling to the U.S.A. It will also be an important issue in the competition between the major European airports.

Direct flight Brussels-Japan

All Nippon Airways has today announced that they will start regular services between Brussels Airport and Japan. Services will start oin October 25th, 2015.

Lindsky is now CAMO+

This grants us the Part M Subpart G+I qualification and gives us the possibility to perform more continuous airworthiness related tasks such as a full airworthiness review and the issuance of a new EASA Form 15 (Airworthiness review certificate).Our controlled environment is certified to accept your EASA annex 1 aircraft (up to MTOW 5.700kg) into our CAMO and manage it for you.
The task of a Continuing Airworthiness Management Organization (CAMO and CAMO+) is keeping aircraft airworthy. Cooperation with CAMO is an EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) requirement that also ensures the highest safety standards for aircraft owners and operators. (wvb)

Palm Aviation of Dubai opens a Belgian office.

Palm aviation is a global flight support company with headquarters in Dubai.  They support their customers with international flights. Palm arranges certain tasks such as fuelling, FBO reservations and authorisations for landings and take-offs.
Some weeks ago the company opened a new office in the Lange Lozannastraat 266, 2018 Antwerpen.  Europe is important for the company. It has not only the second largest section of activity for business aviation but also a lot of visiting traffic from North America and the Middle East.

Flying Group acquires Jet Management Europe bv

At EBACE 2015 in Geneva, Flying Group announced today that it is taking over the Dutch company Jet Management Europe (JME) bv as well as their Dutch Air Operators Certificate (AOC).
JME was founded 15 years ago and is a pioneer in aircraft management solutions. The two founders of the company will remain active within Flying Group
With is take-over Flying Group will also add an additional Falcon 7X to their fleet which will now include 6 Falcon 7X aircraft. (br)

Matthieu Dardenne named as one to the Top 10 leaders in aviation

At EBACE 2015 at Geneva, 31 year old Matthieu Dardenne was named as one of the TP 10 leaders in Aviation today. Dardenne is co-founder and CEO of Take Air, the first all-you-can-fly membership airlines in Europe.
Take Air started scheduled operations earlier this month from Antwerp Airport. Using a Beech 200 they offer an Antwerp to Zurich service on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. (br)

Guido Van den Eede has passed away

We have just received the sad news that our good friend and lifelong ASA-member Guido Van den Eede has passed away last Thursday.
Guido became 73 years old last Sunday.

We wish you blue skies mate.

New Jetair destinations

Jetair started its operations at Antwerp Airport. Early today the airport was already busy with the reception of the first passengers. Thre ne destinations were opened today : Malaga, Barcelona and Milan. Tomorrow Berlin and Allicante will see their first scheduled services out of and to Antwerp.
All departing passengers got a cup cake and a glass of Cava or fruitjuice. Arriving passengers were presented with a special edition of Duvel, the famous local Belgian beer.

Ostend airport saw the first Jetair flight to Barcelona.

Wizz-Air starts additional service from Brussels South

Starting on September  14th low-cost carrier Wizz-Air will start a regular service from Brussels South Airport to Lublin in Poland. Flights will be available on Monday and Friday. Wizz-Air is already a major operator at Brussels South. (br)

STYL Aviation integrated in Lindsky Group

Antwerp based STYL aviation has been integrated in the Lindsky Group. This combined group permits to cover all aspects related to aviation services.
VLM Publicity on Antwerp tramways

VLM is making publicity for its new routes on trams in Antwerp town.
Brussels Airlines and Tintin

An A320 of Brussels Airlines with a special livery inspired by the Tintin comic book “Red Rackham’s treasure” has landed today at Toulouse-Blagnac airport. The livery was unveiled at the airlines’ Brussels Airport home base in Belgium. The aircraft is named “Rackham” after one of Tintin’s most popular adventures.
The unique livery represents a great black shark, based on the shark shaped submarine invented by popular character Professeur Tournesol in the comic.
The painting was carried out by aircraft paint artist Andre Eisele in Ostrava, Czech Republic and took 1,500 man hours in total. The special livery will remain until 2019.

Lambert Aviation Mission M.108 received full Permit to Fly

Following an eight-month test program conducted by the UK Light Aircraft Association (L.A.A.) the Lambert Mission M.108 received a Permit to fly and was added to the list of approved aircraft designs. Homebuilders are now allowed to contruct and fly this type in the U.K. Since early 2014 the L.A.A. does not longer support U.K. registered aircraft that are based outside the U.K. but flew on an L.A.A. Permit to Fly. Lambert Aircraft is based at Kortrijk/Wevelgem airport.
The first aircraft was constructed by Steve Kember who will fly this new airplane from a strip in East Sussex. More info on (br)

Hotel for horses  at Liège Airport
The building of a "hotel" for horses at Liège airport will start this summer. The airport is specialised in the transport of race-horses. The value of these animals is exhorbitant and they need the best of treatment. The hotel will have place for 60 animals and must be ready by the beginning of 2016 just before the Olympic Games in Rio. (jmh)
VLM starts scheduled service from Antwerp and Rotterdan

VLM announced the start in april of a scheduled Antwerp/Hamburg  and
Rotterdam/Hamburg service.
They will be flown twice daily according to the following timing. There are no flights during the weekend.
The website is open for bookings on both destinations
07:05-08:35 ANR-HAM VG161
09:05-10:35 HAM-ANR VG162
18:30-20.00 ANR-HAM VG163
20:30-22:00 HAM-ANR VG164
07:30-08:55 RTM-HAM VG251
09:20-10:50 HAM-RTM VG252
18:30-19:50 RTM-HAM VG257
20:20-21:40 HAM-RTM VG258 (br)
Liège and Ebola
More than 100 aircrafts took off from Liege Airport to help in the fight against Ebola
Since October 2014, 111 wide-body aircraft carrying an average of 90 tonnes of humanitarian supplies, medical equipment and pharmaceuticals have flown from Liege’s global cargo hub to help in the fight against Ebola (EVD) in West Africa.
Operators have included: Ethiopian Airlines, ANA Aviation, Global Africa Cargo, Air Cargo Global, Western Global Airlines, and many others. The operations are commissioned by leading humanitarian organizations & NGOs including MSF, the Red Cross, UNICEF, WHO and WFP, and the UN.
Most supplies left for Conakry, Freetown and Monrovia or transited through airports like Abuja, Bamako and Lagos. (db)

New investments by DHL

Brussels Airport consolidates its position as logistics hub.
Over the last 10 years, Brucargo – the cargo site of Brussels Airport – has developed into an essential lifeline for logistics in Belgium, making Brussels Airport the second logistics centre in Belgium after the port of Antwerp and consolidating its position as European hub for cargo transport by air and by road. Brussels Airport and its partners invest a total amount of 150 million euros in the DHL project.
DHL, which combines air transport and road transport, invests 114 million euros in this important project and serves an increasing number of direct destinations. The future activities of DHL resulting from this new development, will be carried out during the day and will have no impact on the number of night flights. They will be operated with a modern fleet and high-tech warehousing and infrastructure. (db)

Flying Group News

Antwerp based Flyinbg Group has opened a commercial office in Brussel and is now offering all their products in partnership with Aviapartner at the new business ternminal. (wvb)

The company also introduces Flying Smart, a complete independent scheme which enables the company to offer the new generation of single engine turboprops such as the Pilatuys PC.12, Socata TBM and Piper Meridian.(wvb)

Hugo Teugels deceased

It is with sadness that we have to announce the death of our good friend and  ASA-board member : Hugo Teugels (64)
This death is so sudden as Hugo was in good health and there was no reason to suspect such a tragic event.
Only yesterday afternoon we have been planning spotting trips to the UK and other countries.... and had a lot of jokes about it.

Via this way, we want to send Hugo's family and friends our condolences and hope they will find the strength they'll need to cope with this tragic event.

For the Board,
Dirk Buytaert

2nd most punctual airport

The OAG has issued a report on the world's airports. In the category of airports with less than 10 million passengers, BSCA has been voted second best, with first place going to Bristol Airport (UK) and beating Berlin Schönefeld (DE).
During 2014 93,1% of the flights at BSCA left on time. (db)
Number of passengers to an all time low

The number of passengers using Antwerp airport has slunk to its lowest figure in the last 12 years. Slightly more than 121.000 people used the airport during 2014. Scheduled flights lost a good 20.000 passengers. This is mainly due to the cancellation of some flights.
2015 should see a revival with the coming of Jatair in April and some new destinations that will be flown by VLM Airlines. (db)
Seven new destinations for Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines added seven new destinations to the new winter schedule. Accra, Tenerife and Las Palmas are ‘real’ new destinations. Faro was only serviced during the summer season but remains a destination during the coming winter.
Services to Zagreb and Billund were started a few weeks ago.
Till 26th March 2016 Brussels Airlines offers 669 services per week on the European network and 80 longhaul flights.
Lockheed Martin signs agreement with Belgian Companies

A protocol agreement has been signed between Lockheed Martin and Esterline Belgium, Ilias Solutions, Sonaca and SABCA.
This agreement confirms the interest in cooperation on high technology defence, aviation, cyber and security sections.
New sheduled service to Birmingham

VLM has announced that they will start with a scheduled service between Antwerp and Birmingham. The new connection will start on October 5th, and will be flown 3 times/week.
Tickets will be offered at 49 eur (one way).
Airspace over Brussels closed

Belgocontrol announced today that on July 21st (4:10 pm - 4:32pm), the airspace over Brussels will be closed due to the National Parade. Due to exercises the airspace will also  and be closed on 17/7 and 20/7 between 3:10pm and 3:32pm. During these periods there will be no incoming nor outgoing traffic on Brussels airport.
Number of passengers on the rise

During the first six months of 2015, more than 90.000 passengers used Antwerp Airport. This is a rise of 55,8% compared to the same period in 2014. In June we counted 23.829 passengers the highest number since November 2001.
New destination for Ostend-Bruges

Jetairfly will open a new scheduled flight between Ostend-bruges and Rome's Leonardo de Vinci airport on 29/10/2105. The service will be flown three times weekly. This is the 6th winter destination out of Ostend-Bruges.

New destination for Antwerp Airport

Jetairfly has announced that they will start flying between Antwerp and Rome Fiumicino during the winterperiod. During wintermonths there will be 5 destinations out of ANtwerp : Alicante, Malaga, Berlin, Barcelona and Rome.

Airport partly unreachable on July 6th

On July 6th, the 3rd leg of the Tour de France will start from Antwerp city.
Between 10:45am and 1:30pm the airport will not be reachable via the Diksmuidelaan nor the Vosstraat, as the Tour will pass via Berchem station and the Gitschotelei towards Boechout

Certificate received

On the 17th of June, at the Paris Air Show, NHI President Vincent Dubrule handed over an IOC (Initial Operational Capability)  certificate to Colonel Dejaeger for the 4 Belgian NH90 MTH's helicopters. IOC for the 4 NH90 NFH (Nato Frigate Helicopters) is to follow. (EN)

(Copyright Eric Nuyens)

Additional flights to China

After the introduction of the succesfull flights to Shenyang, Tianjin and Xian from Liège airport, U-Tour is now planning additional charter flights to Nankin, Kunling and Changsha via Moscow. Flights will arrive on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday. (db)
Ostend-Bruges rise in passengers

Some 30.717 passengers passed through Ostend-Bruges Airport during May 2015. This is an increase with 17,7% compared to 2014. The new Barcelona connection and increase of the frequencies on other Jetairfly services account for these numbers.
Freightnumbers are down with 43,9% compared with last year, but are on the rise again since February 2015. (db)
New connection Antwerp-Jersey

Thanks to a codeshare agreement between CityJet and Blue Islands, passengers from Antwerp Airport will be able to connect to the London City - Jersey flights during the summer period.
ANR-JER 07:00  10:30  MON-FRI
ANR-JER 07:50  10:30  MON-WED
ANR-JER 18:00  20:20  MON-FRI
JER-ANR 13:00  17:25  MON-FRI
JER-ANR 17:25  21:40  SUN 
Important increase in passengers

During May 2015, more than 23.000 passengers passed through Antwerp Airport. This is the highest number per month for 10 years and an increase of 96,8% against May 2014. (db)
VLM flights from Liège cancelled

Only one month after the launch of flights out of Liège, VLM is cancelling these scheduled services. The number of passengers was lower than expected and future bookings did not announce a change.
Brussels South Charleroi-Debrecen

BSCA will be connected with Debrecen (Hungary) as from Decenber 18th, 2015. Service will be flown by Wizz Air.

Additional Pilatus PC.12 for EAPC
Gosselies based European Aircraft Private Club (EAPC) signed a letter of intent for the delivery of an additional Pilatus PC.12 at Geneva yesterday. The aircraft will be delivered via RUAG, the Pilatus dealer for Western Europe and North Africa. EAPC offers a 24/7 business travel service to its members flying Pilatus PC.12 and Extra EA.500 aircraft. (br)

Hondajet visit to Belgium (and Antwerpen) cancelled

As part of their European demo-tour Hondajet announced some weeks ago that they new business jet would visit Antwerp Airport
Very recently they announced that this visit was cancelled. It was scheduled for Monday 25 May but this is a holiday in Belgium. Marshalls of Cambridge, the Honda presentative for Western Europe, including Belgium, decided to add another day to the demo-tour in the U.K. (br)
MOTY 2014

Hans Vanhaelemeesch - CCO of Jetairfly has been nominated "Man of the Year 2014" by the members of the Aviation Press Club.

No Niki flights from Bratislava
Earlier this year Austrian carrier Niki announced low-cost flight from Bratislava to Brussels. Initially the start of this service was delayed. Now Niki announced the decision not the start this new service. A reason was not given, but competitor Ryanair recently opened a new base at Bratislava.

New parking at Antwerp Airport

Antwerp Airport has signed an agreement with Besix Park, member of the Besix Group, for the design, realisation, financing and exploitation of the new parking space.
Works have stated on parking P3, the access drive close to the railway and the implementation of a roundabout. A free shuttle will ferry passengers between the new parking and the airport building.
By the end of the year, parking at Antwerp Airport will no longer be free of charge.

Connector building opened by King Filip

Today Brussels Airport Company, in the presence of His Majesty the King, officially opened the Connector building. Brussels Airport built Connector, a 75 million-euro investment, to increase passenger comfort. The building links the terminal above-ground to the two piers so passengers need less time to go from the check-in to their boarding gate. Henceforth, passengers can wait to board their plane in an open and airy building that besides a spectacular tarmac view offers a contemporary mix of shops and restaurants. Connector will be open to the passengers as of Thursday 26 March. (db)

Jetairfly to open Antwerp-Ibiza operations

Jetairfly announced that they will also be flying Antwerp-Ibiza during July and August. Flights have been scheduled on Fridays and Sundays. (db)
Antwerp-Southampton to start in April

Southampton Airport and Belgian operator VLM Airlines will be launching daily scheduled flights each weekday between Southampton (England), Antwerp (Belgium) and Hamburg (Germany) from Thursday April 23.
VLM Airlines joins the airport at a time of growth, with Southampton Airport reporting passenger numbers as 21% up in February 2015 versus 2014.
Flights between Southampton and Hamburg will be linked via a stopover in Antwerp. The Belgian city is home to the second largest port in Europe and is known as a ‘petrochemical hub’, with several multinational companies investing more into their sites there. The city also appeals to tourists, with its reputation as the diamond capital of the world. Travellers can also benefit from the city’s excellent public transportation systems and can journey to the centre of Brussels in less than an hour.
Flights will be flown on weekdays.
ANR-SOU   DEP 09:05   ARR 10:30
SOU-ANR   DEP 11:00   ARR 12:25
New routes from Waterford

VLM announce that they wil base one Fokker 50 At Waterford, Irelmand where they will start fluing to Birmingham and London Luton as from April 27th. Thee routes will be flown twice daily on working days and once on Saturday and Sunday. (db)
Delivery of Sukhoi Jets postponed

VLM has just communicated that the delivery of the Sukhoi Jets has been postponed for at least one year.
According to VLM this has to do with certification by EASA of the long haul version for which VLm opted. (db)
VLM Airlines unveils Nice, Venice, Avignon and Bologna routes from Liège.
VLM Airlines will this May be launching scheduled flights between Liège (Belgium) and Avignon, Nice, Bologna and Venice.
The move not only marks VLM Airlines’ first routes from Liège but also the airline’s first services in the south of France and northern Italy.
From May 1, passengers will be able to choose from 36 new connections: five return flights each week (including Saturdays and Sundays) to Nice and Venice, and four return flights to Avignon and Bologna each week (also including Saturdays and Sundays). All services will utilise VLM Airlines' fleet of Fokker 50 aircraft. (db)
7 ‘Belgian’ biz-aircraft flying

According to a recent survey organised by BART International there are 97 biz-aircraft (55 jets and 42 turboprops) operating out of Belgium. This number includes, in our opinion, also foreign registered aircraft flying from a Belgian airport. This puts Belgium on the 10th place in Europe. First place is for Germany with a total of 660 biz-aircraft. (br)
Free parking a thing of the past?

With the coming of JetairFly in April and the new scheduled services of VLM in Antwerp, the airport wiill be offering new parking spaces at the southside of the airport which will be linked with the passenger terminal by means of a shuttle bus.
This means of course that parking your car will be no longer free of charge. (db)
Jet Aviation Zurich and Take-Air sign service Agreement

Jet Aviation Zurich has signed a Fixed Base Operation (FBO) service agreement with Take Air, an innovative new all-you–can-fly membership airline offering regular weekday flights between fixed destinations.
As the first all-you-can-fly membership airline in Europe, Take Air is launching its operation with four daily fixed flights between Zurich and Antwerp, Belgium, on March 30, 2015. Flights are to the general aviation terminals where members are received and handled by local FBOs. Take Air selected Jet Aviation Zurich to provide dedicated handling services to its members flying through Zurich. (db)
Antwerp and Geneva closer than ever

VLM Airlines has today started its twice daily scheduled flight to Geneva. The flights are leaving Antwerp at 7:15am and 5:35pm. Departures at Geneva at 9:45am and 8pm.








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