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Air Belgium unveils first Airbus A330-200 for passenger fleet

Air Belgium is adding a total of two A330-200 passenger aircraft to the fleet, in addition to the two new A330-900s. Both are ex-Etihad aircraft leased from Altavair. The example shown above has been registered OE-LCL and is 8 years old.

With the addition of the two A330-200s, Air Belgium can once again have four passenger aircraft, just like in the first years after its foundation, when the Belgians had four A340s at their disposal.

Now that the corona crisis is over, Air Belgium can make good use of the extra capacity. For example, the airline recently started flights to Cape Town and Johannesburg. In addition, she also continues to fly to Punta Cana, Curaçao, Mauritius, Martinique and Guadeloupe. Bonaire will be added around Christmas.

In the longer term, the airline also wants to fly to the United States and East Asia. Brussels and Charleroi remain the bases.

Not an unknown type
The A330-200 is not an unknown aircraft for Air Belgium. The pilots are already flying four freighters (freighters) of this type for CMA CGM, to help the French ship owner start up the airfreight operation. That contract will soon end.

In addition, Air Belgium will also fly A330-200 Freighters for the Hongyuan Group, which is also the largest shareholder of the Belgian airline. The Belgians have been flying with two Boeing 747-8 Freighters for this Chinese company for some time.

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