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Taken at Brussels, an A340-300 (OO-ABD) of Air Belgium is wearing the full color scheme. (Photo: Skystef)

 

Base: Charleroi, Brussels
IATA: KF
ICAO: ABB
Website: airbelgium.com
Fleet: 2x A330-900 (OO-ABF, OO-ABG), 2x A330-200 (OE-LCL, OE-LAC), 3 A330-200F (OO-CGM, OO-SEA, OE-LAL) + 2 A330-200F history,  2x B747-8F (OE-LFC, OE-LFD), 2x A330-200F history (OO-AIR, OO-CMA), 4x A340 history (OO-ABA, OO-ABB, OO-ABD, OO-ABE)
History: formed in 2016, it was set up to conduct flights to Asia, initially from Brussels Airport, but later it changed to Charleroi airport which is marketed.as Brussels South. The first two A340's on lease from Airbus were delivered at Brussels Airport respectively on March 1 and 2 2018 receiving their markings a couple of weeks later. Its AOC was granted by March 13 and the first flight for a third party "Surinam Airways" took-off from Amsterdam to Paramaribo (and vice versa) on March 29 2018. After a delay of six weeks their own operations started on June 6 with scheduled flights to Hong Kong. These were due to rather poor results again suspended on October 1 2018, afterwards solely concentrating on ACMI charter work. But, as a second attempt in the long haul market, on December 7 2019 regular services on their own behalf were started to Guadeloup and Martinique. In January 2021 a contract was signed with French shipment group "CMA CGM" to operate four A330 freighters from Liege which started on March 13 2021 with a flight to Chicago. In December 2021 it was announced they would operate also with B747-8F's and a month later this materialised with aid of the Chinese Hongyuan Group. On June 1 2022 the French shipment group received their own AOC to operate cargo flights with airplanes of themself which resulted that all four A330-200F with their markings will be returned by February 2023 ending their link with Air Belgium.

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