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Frevag Airlines

Taken at Brussels in January 1990 and parked on the cargo ramp of Fedex, one of two Merlins in the color scheme of Frevag Airlines and baptized "Kristin". (Photo: collection Skystef)


Base: Antwerp
Fleet of Frevag Airlines: 2x Swearingen Merlin (OO-VGC, OO-VGD)
History: Frevag nv was formed on May 31 1975 by Freddy Van Gaever. Core business was the lease of its aircraft to third parties including European Air Transport (EAT), Touraine Air Transport (TAT) and Air Limousin (ALTA). Frevag Airlines was created on August 2 1989 after two Merlin returned from EAT, providing some charters from Antwerp. The same year, a contract was signed with Fedex to operate on its European parcel network, and both Metros were operated from the Brussels hub. As the Belgian CAA set in the course of 1989 a maximum payload for its operations out of Antwerp, the chances for being a profitable airline vanished. Help was sought and on December 26 1989 also found when it was taken over by Servisair, creating Flanders Airlines on January 1 1990. When Sky Freighters was formed on November 15 1991 as joint venture between Federal Express (Fedex) and Sky-Service for operating intra European parcel services from Brussels on behalf of Fedex, they terminated the contract with Flanders Airlines two months later. This had a devastating effect and as they had already some financial troubles it led to the closure of Flanders Airlines on February 10 1992. Afterwards Frevag nv was still active as owner of VLM and some of its aircraft but they also collapsed in 2016.


Belgian Airlines