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Taken at Brussels in March 2004, the B767 is wearing HollandExel colors and remained on the Dutch register as PH-AHY.  (Photo: Skystef)


Base: Brussels
ICAO: HXL (of HollandExel)
Fleet: 1x B767-300 which was leased from SAS (PH-AHY)
History: a few weeks after the bankrupt of Sobelair in January 2004, tour operator Thomas Cook Belgium signed a contract for 18 months with the ExelAviationGroup (EAG) of Holland which formed BelgiumExel to carry out the long haul flights. On February 24 2004 the first flight took off from Brussels to Punta Cana & Varadero. Very often the four B767-300s of the Exel Group, the other two long haul flying divisions were HollandExel and DutchCaribbeanExel, circulated with these three carriers. During February 2005 the tour operator broke the contract with BelgiumExel due to financial troubles with EAG and the uncertain future as the Belgian CAA refused to give the carrier an AOC. With no other contracts, BelgiumExel was declared bankrupt on May 9 2005. HollandExel was the only surviver and became of Arkefly (later TUI Airlines Netherlands).  


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