New Groningen to Brussels service
carrier Nordica will start a service from Groningen/Eelde Airport in Friesland
(Holland) to Brussels using Bombardier CRJ aircraft.
This service will start on 26 March 2018 and will be flown daily, six days per
New destinations for Brussels Airlines
Airlines is expanding its destinations in Croatia: as from May 12th, the cities
of Zadar and Split will also be serviced.
Renewed contract for Swissport
Airlines has renewed its handling contract with Swissport for a period of 3
years. This contract is good for 60% of the total volume handled by Swissport at
Brussels Airport and crusial for the company's future
Additional Wizz Air service at Charleroi
Air will start a new service from June 2018 betwene Charleroi and Sibiu in
Romania.Sibiu is a city in Transylvania, a popular destination for tourists.
This service will be offered twice weekly.
Join the Fairchild C.119 project
‘De Vrienden van het Lucht- en ruimtevaartmuseum vzw’ runs an appeal to reopen
the interior of the Fairchild C.119 Flying Boxcar for visitors.
preserved in the ‘Hall de l’Air’ of what is now called the ‘War Heritage
Institute (WHI)’ is actually closed for the public for security and preservation
The project, put forward with support of the WHI, consists of the creation of a
corridor for visitors and a defined area with photographic exhibits and object
recalling operations undertaken by the C.119 Flying Boxcar. The budget for this
project is 27.600 euros. The group launched an appeal for donations with the
objective to open the aircraft at the end of 2018.
The appeal runs in cooperation with the Koning Boudewijnstichting and donations
over 40 Euros are tax-deductable. Donations can be done via bankaccount BE10
0000 0000 0404 of the Koning Boudewijnstichting with structured communication
VLM 10x weekly to Zurich
from January 22nd, 2018, VLM Will fly twice daily between Antwerp and Zurich on
weekdays. Tickets are available from now on, starting at 99eur (single fare).
Departures Antwerp 7h15 and 17h35. Return Zurich 9h25 and 20h00. Flighttime 1h40
RAAC becomes 90 years young !!
Royal Antwerp Aviation club celebrates its 90th birthday this year.
The RAAC modeling section exists for 65 years.
Today, Sunday 19/11/17, the RAAC members were invited by the Antwerp City
counsel in the Felixpakhuis to commemorate this very special birthday.
We would like to
congratulate the R.A.A.C. and its members and wish them many more happy flights
Stampe SV.4-RS also certified in Belgium
On 16th November 2017
Ultralight Concept Gmbh received confirmation that their ultralight Stampe SV.4
aircraft is certified by the Belgian C.A.A.
This means that this
aircraft is now allowed to fly under the Belgian Ultralight-rules with Belgian
Spotters places at Brussels Airport
for the construction of the spotters places at Steenokkerzeel and Zaventem
(Vliegbos) have been granted. Construction will start as soon as possible and
should/could be finished by April 2018.
Passenger growth for Brussels Airlines
October Brussels Airlines saw an increase of 15,1% of passengers. In total
865.673 people flew on a Brussels Airlines flight. This also means an increase
of 3,9% on passenger capacity per flight.
Ultralight Stampe SV.4-RS certified in France !
Ultralight Concept, the Belgian company that developed the ultralight Stampe
SV.4-RS received a type Certificate for their new ultralight from de French DGAC.
This is a major step forward for the company and their aircraft.
Certification in Belgium and Germany is expected in the very near future !
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium ceased operations
Friday, 27/10/2017 Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium ceased all operations as
announced several months ago. Most flights will be flown by Brussels Airlines
that will also add some Airbus A.320’s to its fleet. Two other Airbus A.320
aircraft are acquired by SHS Aviation, the company controlling VLM Airlines.
VLM Antwerp-London back in business
Today at 11:55 the new Antwerp-London service by VLM was inaugurated. Fokker 50
OO-VLI was got a fitting tribute by the airport's firebrigade when it left
for its first trip to London City. VLM is again operating the service under its
own name, after 8 years of abscence.
Meanwhile we hear that the company has bought two of the ex-Thomas Cook
Airbuses and is planning services to Chinese destinations out of Brussels
New destinations for TUI
the new 2018 Summer Schedule, TUI announces fligths from Antwerp to Florence
The Brussels hub of the company is adding two destination : Aruba and Curaçao.
19/10/2017 Brussels Airlines opens up the
April 20th 2018, Brussels Airlines will offer weekly flight to Kalamata in
Ten new destinations for Brussels
Airlines keeps on growing. During the winterseason 10 new destinations will be
added to the network and capacity on certain routes will grow due to the use of
VLM to reopen the Antwerp-London line
a break of more than 9 years, VLM Ailrines (now owned by SHS Antwerp Aviation)
has announced that it will re-open the Antwerp-London City service. Earlier
CityJet, which now operates the route, announced that as per 27/10 they will
stop the service.
VLM will start operating on 30/10. The company will use its Slovenian AOC, as
the Belgian one is still not given by the Belgian CAA. Tickets can now be
A scheduled service between Antwerp and Zurich is also in the pipeline.
First firm orders for
the Sonaca 200
Now that the Sonaca 200 prototype, OO-NEW, is flying, Sonaca started converting
order options into firm orders. The first to do so is Belgian Flight School (B.F.S.)
André Muller, pilot with B.F.S. declared : ‘The OO-NEW seems to be the exact
copy of the OO-SON. But actually, numerous structural modifications make it
different from its twin.
The field of vision is simply awesome. Nothing to do with the limited vision of
some high-wing aircraft. A major asset in terms of safety. On ground, taxiing is
east. During flight, the aircraft is pleasant to fly, with smooth controls,
reactive and direct responsive in all axes.
All in all, the Sonaca 200 appears very promising and ideal as a training
New : Brussels-Hongkong
Pacific continues to grow Hong Kong’s connections to the world. From Summer
2018, the airline will launch pioneering non-stop routes linking Hong Kong with
Brussels, Dublin and Copenhagen, further strengthening the airline’s network and
providing new trade and tourism opportunities between Asia and Europe.
40th Sanicole Airshow
The Aeroclub Sanciole organises
their 40th international Airshow. The evening airshow will take place on Friday
8th September. The main event on Sunday 10th September.
This year several military demo teams will be flying over Sanicole.
Top of the bill will be
the Saudi Hawks demoteam. Also the Frecci Tricolori will be present as well as
aircraft from the Finnish and the Greek Air Force.
New owner for Namur airfield
The airfield of Namur/Temploux which was created by the American Army in 1944
and has been a civil airfield ever since 1947, was privatised in 1983 when
bought by the Bertrand family.
They recently sold the company that exploits the airfield to Olivier de
Spoelbergh (who also owns part of the INBEV group).
Brussels South Airport keeps growing
the first six months of 2017, Charleroi/Brussels South Airport handled almost
3.6 milj. passengers. That is a 3% rise compared to last year when the airport
was very busy after the closure of Brussels Airport due to the terrorist attack.
The number of passengers
traveling via Brussels South grew thanks to two new airlines (Air Corsica and
Belavia) and an additional TUIFly aircraft based at the airport.
Record number of passengers at Brussels Airport
the first six months of 2017 Brussels Airport handled 11.5 milj. passengers.
This is a new record !
This result is 6,3 % higher than during the first part of 2015. Last year’s
numbers are not used due to the terrorist attacks from March 2016. The number of
transfert passengers rose with 18,8 %.
During June 2017 2,22 milj. passengers used Brussels airport. This also is a new
Emirates launches second daily flight between Brussel and Dubai
of 29 October, the airline Emirates is set to run a second daily flight between
Brussels Airport and Dubai International Airport. Flights to Dubai are enjoying
rising success, which prompted the airline to increase its capacity in Brussels.
The first Emirates flight from Brussels to Dubai will be departing at 3.05 pm,
with the second flight scheduled for take-off at 8.15 pm.
Foreign permit aircraft allowed to operate in Belgium.
After issuing a full CofA to the Belgian registered Stampe SV.4’s in
November last year, the Belgian C.A.A. took another important decision which
gives more freedom to the Belgian General Aviation scene. As from 1st
July foreign registered amateur built aircraft as well as certain historic
aircraft (less than 5.700 kg) registered in a ECAC-member state (ECAC = European
Civil Aviation Conference) no longer require a permit to fly in Belgian airspace
for 30 days per year.
This decision recognizes the quality, safety and capability of national permit
aircraft within the General aviation community. As well as allowing such
aircraft to cross Belgium territory it will encourage visits specifically to
Belgium. We are looking forward to see more foreign aircraft visiting our
This new rule is a result of the close cooperation between the Belgian CAA,
EFLEVA (European Federation of Light, Experimental & Vintage Aircraft) and VVMV
(Vereniging Vlaamse MotorVliegclubs)
Good results for Brussels Airlines
May 2017 more than 830.000 passengers flew on a Brussels Airlines aircraft. That
is 18,9% more than in the same month last year. At that moment the company was
still recovering from the terrorist attack at Brussels Airport. But, according
to Brussels Airlines, this is not the only factor that explains this strong
growth. The successful commercial strategy results in more passengers.
The new route to Mumbai (India)
is also doing ‘very well’ as well as the cargo-activities.
31/05/2017 SHS takes over remaining part of
Thomas Cook Belgium
Aviation has reached an agreement to take over all remaining shares of Thomas
Cook Airlines Belgium (TCAB). The company will also employ the remaining staff
(40) and hopes to be able to use the AOC and Operating Licence of TCAB. SHS
Aviation will operate under the VLM Airlines brand.
Earlier this month VLM Airlines started operating charter flight under the newly
acquired Slovenian AOC.
FlyingGroup received Diamond Safety of Flight Award
the recent EBACE17 convention at Geneve Flying Group received a
Diamond Safety of Flight Award from the European Business Aviation Association
(EBAA). This accolade is awarded to operators that surpass 100.000 hours of
flying without any accident.
Currently FlyingGroup operates and maintains 43 aircraft world-wide.
"After having received the EBAA Gold Safety of Flight Award in 2014 we are very
proud to now having been awarded with the EBAA
Safety of Flight Award." says Bernard Van Milders, President & Founder of
FLYINGGROUP. "This is currently the highest safety recognition awarded by EBAA
and we are one of the first companies to receive it "
Easyjet Brussels Team honored
The Brussels Team of lowcost
carrier Easyjet did a great job during 2016. They received the Spirit of Easyjet
2015 award and are honored on the nose of Airbus A.319 – HB-JYJ – that was
recently noted at Geneva Airport.
Pegasus Airlines to fly to Ankara
Turkish company Pegasus has announced that they will start flying once a week
between Brussels South Charleroi and Ankara on a direct flight.At present they
fly into Istanbul .
Brussels airport increase in fright volume
February 2017, Brussels Airport welcomed over 1.5 million passengers, which is a
decrease of 0.4% on February 2016, owing to the leap day. Without the leap day
effect, the number of passengers would have shown an increase of 3%. Cargo
transport at Brussels Airport rose by 7.7% compared with the same month last
year, due to the strong growth in the full freighter segment.
4th special livery for Brussels Airlines
Ever since 2012 Brussels Airlines has a special relation with Tomorrowland. To
mark this 5 year relationship, Brussels Airlines created Amare, the 4th Airbus
in special livery.
We wish Brussels Airlines a Happy 15th Birthday.
Airlinews was created in 2002 in the aftermath of the Sabena bankcrupty in 2001.
Over the last 15 years, nearly 79 million passengers used the Belgian airline:
70 million within Europe, 8 million on the African services and 1 million on the
Vizion Air signs agreement with SprintAir
based Vizion Air has signed an agreement with the Polish company SprintAir for
cooperation. This agreement stipulates that SprintAir will reserve two of its
aircraft (ATR72 and Saab340) for use by Vizion Air.
The ATR72 is to be based at Liège, whilst the Saab 340 will have Bergamo as
The agreement starts on Ferbuary 1st, 2017.
SSJ-100 for Brussels Airlines
Airlines is to wet-lease three Sukhoi SSJ-100 Superjets to replace its Avro
RJ100's on services where smaller aircraft than the Airbus 320's are needed. The
aircraft will be leased from CityJet.
All time high for Antwerp Airport
2016, more than 276.000 passengers passed through Antwerp Airport. This is an
all time high. Last time we had over 270.000 passengers was back in 2001.
All this means that there was an increase of 24% in passengers. Some 20.000
passengers flew via Antwerp in the aftermath of the Brussels attacks. The loss
of VLM flights and charters played a negative part in the story.
Passenger growth for Brussels Airlines
November, Brussels Airlines saw its passengers grow with 94862 units or 15,6%
more than compared with November 2016.
New book about Jaap van Mesdag
van Mesdag, or Jaap Mesdag as he was called by most people, was very well known
in the Belgian aviation scene. He was founder of the ‘Early Birds’, a Dutch
group that restored and preserved several old-timer aircraft at Lelystad
Airport. He visited most of the Belgian old-timer events with one or more
aircraft for several years. Jaap was also involved in the maintenance and
operation of the WW-I aircraft of the Stampe and Vertongen Museum at Antwerp
Jaap died in October 2015, he was 93 years old.
Now, the Netherlands Dachau Comité, published a book describing the life of Jaap.
The book contains 152 pages and more than 130 photos. Benefits go to the Early
More info on :
New CEO for VLM Airlines
SHS Aviation announces that Harm Prins will leave the company and that Karl
Rickard will take over as CEO. It is also announced that Christian Heinzmann
will join the board of SHS Aviation.
Two NH.90 helicopters will deploy to Mali
in February 2018, The Belgian Air Force will support a UN mission in Mali.
Two NH.90 helicopters will operate in this African country together with four
Luftwaffe helicopters. These machines are already operational there at this
About 50 Belgian military personnel will support this mission.
Belgian pilot jailed in the U.K.
65 year old, former Belgian Army helicopter pilot, Rudi S. was jailed in the
UK recently. He seems to be involved in a drug running case. He is accused of
dropping three plastic containers containing drugs from a light aircraft over a
field in Kent last year. In 1994 the Robinson he was flying was hijacked in an
attempt to free a prisoner from a Dutch jail. We understand he was now flying a
fixed wing aircraft !
Asco Industries awarded contract to manufacture the Flaperon Spar for the F-35
Fokker Technologies, a business of GKN Aerospace, awarded a contract to Asco
Industries for the supply of Flaperon Spars for the Lockheed Martin F-35
Lightning II program.
Asco will perform the manufacturing and integrated surface treatments on the
spars at their corporate facility in Zaventem, Belgium. The F-35’s Flaperon
Spars are highly complex titanium machined components, which form the core of
the flap located at the trailing edge of the wing.
The spars will be delivered to Fokker in the Netherlands who performs the
assembly in composite material and delivers the complete flap to Lockheed Martin
in Fort Worth, USA.
VLM received its Belgian AOC
VLM Airlines received its long awaited Belgian AOC not only for the new Airbus
A320's but also for its Fokker 50's. At present it is unknown why it took so
long to issue this AOC.
The Airbus's will be used for charter, ACMI and private flights. The first two
flights have already been performed last week.
The Fokker 50 will be also be used for Charter, ACMI and private flights besides
the scheduled services AnR-LCY
We wish VLM lots of success in the future.
(photograph : Yannick Van Praag)
Liège airport new investments
order to accompany the strong growth of its freight clients, Liege Airport is
going into turbo with its investments, devoting over 20 million euros for new
warehouses and handling facilities.
For more than 12 months, cargo activity at Liege Airport has been undergoing
major structural growth. The companies on the site have opened new routes,
integrated new aircraft and intensified their activities.
Since June, Air China Cargo, the largest Chinese cargo company, has been running
a weekly flight between Shanghai and Liege and it will increase its rotations in
2018. Moreover, in early October, Air Bridge Cargo decided to establish its main
hub at Liege Airport.
Farewell Avro RJ.100
Airlines is ready to return the very last Avro RJ.100 to the owner. Yesterday
29.10.17 the very last aircraft OO-DWD made some ‘farewell-flights’ from
Brussels. Flight ‘B-line1187’ made a pass over Antwerp Airport. The withdrawal
of this type means the end of an era for Brussels Airlines and its predecessor
Delta Air Transport.
Brussels Airport… the cheapest Dutch Airport
airport is preparing the reception of Dutch travelers escaping the ‘vliegtax’
that will be introduced by the national government starting in 2021.
Schiphol airport is reaching its operational limits. They even asked some
cargo-airlines to leave. Brussels Airport can still grow and offers itself as an
easy to reach and cheap alternative to Schiphol. The airport management hopes to
attract travelers from Southern Holland.
In order to win more
visibility in Holland, Brussels Airport became sponsor of the Dutch Willem II
New connection for Antwerp airport
has now been confirmed that Flybe will re-open its Antwerp-Southend service at
the end of March 2018. The company will offer 4 flights per week on Monday,
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Passengers will have the possibility to take connecting flights to Glasgow,
Dublin and Manchester at Southend.
Emirates to Brussels
announced that it will also transfer its freight flights from Schiphol to
Cargo Airlines leave Schiphol for Belgian airports
Airport reduced the access for some cargo-airlines. 37 weekly cargo-flights have
to disappear in order to allow more passenger traffic. As a result Singapore
Airlines announced that it will move all cargo-flights back to Brussels Airport
from early November. Russian freight carrier AirBridgeCargo will move three
weekly flights to Liège/Bierset Airport. In the future this airline may move up
to 12 weekly flights from Amsterdam/Schiphol to this Belgian airport.
BAFA chooses ALSIM simulator
ALSIM is pleased to announce the sale of an ALX (SEP/MEP/MJ) to BAFA (Ben Air
Flight Academy). The new simulator will be equipped with LPV/PBN. Alsim bought
back 2 simulators from the competition and replaced them with the ALX.
BAFA chose the ALSIM simulator because they appreciated the flight models and
flexible changes between the different aircraft configurations. The technologies
in the aviation sector are continuously improving and the ALX offers the best
opportunity to provide for up to date avionics, advanced training possibilities
and is the best match to the existing aircraft fleet.
Swissport and the unions take an engagement towards a better social climate.
the last year the workers of handling company Swissport went on strike several
times. This resulted in very angry passengers and airlines. It also created a
very negative view towards Brussels Airport.
Today Swissport and the unions announced that they will start a project that
will result in actions that will be positive for both the company and its
workforce. Together they will analyse the different reasons that resulted in
strikes and they implement, in close partnership, new solutions in order to
avoid future actions.
As a result not only Swissport and its employees but also Brussels Airport and
its passengers will benefit from this cooperation.
Spotters welcome at Brussels Airport
has been granted to built spotters areas around Brussels Airport. Work will
commence in the autumn of 2017 and should be ready at the end of the year or
Jacques ‘Red’ Dewaelheyns passed away
Last Monday, 3 July 2017, kolonel BEM e.r. Jacques ‘Red’ Dewaelheyns passed
away after a long illness. He was the first leader of the Red Devils, the
Belgian Air Force aerobatic team. Initially the team flew on Hawker Hunter.
After six years they changed to the Fouga Magister (1965 till 1977). Afterwards
‘Red’ Dewaelheyns was involved in several civil aviation projects including the
Piper-dealership via NEAS in de late seventies – early eighties.
Brussels Airport invests heavily in new technology for hold baggage screening
Airport has launched the first phase of works to implement new technology for
hold baggage screening. By the 1st of September 2022,
every airport in the European Union must screen hold baggage according to
Baggage Screening Standard 3. That is why Brussels Airport is investing 100
million Euros in the purchase of new screening devices and the construction of a
new hall and infrastructure.
Sonaca 200 prototype makes first flight
On Monday 19.06.17 the prototype of the Sonaca 200 – OO-NEW – made its first
flight from Charleroi Airport. This single engine two-seat aircraft is assembled
by Sonaca. The flight test campaign will take four months. It starts in Belgium
but will be pursued at Avignon in southern France. This must result in obtaining
the EASA certification for this new Belgian designed aircraft.
Hainan Airlines starts Brussels to Shanghai service
Airlines will start a Brussels to Shanghai service from 25 Oktober 2017. They
will operate this service three times per week (Monday, Wedsnesday and Friday)
using Boeing 878-9 aircraft.
Shanghai will be the second destination that can be reached from Brussels.
Hainan Airlines flies from Beijing to Brussels since 2006.
Cargo airlines starting to leave Brussels
River Express left Brussels in february, Air Cargo Global has announced that it
is stopping all their activities at Brussels due to the noise restrictions and
Magma Aviation has also indicated the same intentions if the sitaution is not
clarrified in the coming weeks.
August Van Laer deceased
just received the news that our member August Van Laer has died unexpectedly on
Thursday 16/02/2017 at the age of 69.
We offer his family and friends our condolences. Blue skies mate.
Buurtkrant 2e editie
Het tweede nummer van de Antwerpse "Luchthavenbuurt Krant" is van de persen
gerold en wordt momenteel door onze vrijwillegers verdeeld in de buurt
rodom de luchthaven. Diegenen die buiten de verdeling vallen kunnen hier hun
Decrease in passengers, increase in freight
Airport handled 21.8 million passengers in 2016, down 7 % on record year 2015.
The decrease is completely due to the attacks on the airport on 22 March; the
airport was closed for 12 days and then only gradually resumed its operations.
Cargo traffic at Brussels Airport rose by 1.1% compared to 2015, despite the
impact of the attacks.
Free drop-off zone
mid-December, Brussels Airport has opened a new, free drop-off zone. The zone is
exclusively intended for quickly dropping off passengers leaving on a trip.
Parking is not possible and drivers may not leave their vehicles. People wanting
to accompany passengers to the departure hall or who come to pick up passengers,
can make use of P1, P2 and P3, where, with the Brussels Airport Pcard+, the
first half hour is free-of-charge.
The drop-off zone is on the same level as the bus station and in walking
distance of the terminal. To get there drivers should simply follow the
"Drop-off" signage. For the comfort of the passengers, a covered walkway leads
from the drop-off zone to the terminal.