Air Belgium is modernizing its fleet with two new Airbus A330-900s and will fly from Brussels Airport to Mauritius from October 15
Air Belgium announces an agreement with Airbus for the delivery of two new A330-900s (MSN 1844 & 1861) from this autumn 2021. These new aircraft will gradually replace two Air Belgium A340s. The first A330neo will fly every Tuesday and Friday from Brussels Airport to Mauritius from October 15, 2021.
The A330neo is a new generation aircraft that combines environmental and economic performance offering greater comfort and a unique passenger experience.
These two aircraft were initially ordered by Air Berlin which did not take them back after going bankrupt. They were then offered to RwandAir (and painted in their livery), which also did not take them back due to the coronavirus crisis, as the airline abandoned its plan to fly to New York. Air Belgium will lease them to Air Lease Corporation.
The A330neo is the latest and most advanced version of the long line of Airbus A330s. Making good use of advanced materials, it features new optimized wings, more efficient and economical Rolls-Royce Trent 7000-72 engines and benefits from the latest technologies developed for the A350. These improvements help reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by 25% compared to previous generation aircraft. The new Airspace cabin of the A330neo offers passengers and crew a futuristic design, superior trunk space, calming and soft LED lighting scenarios and advanced in-flight entertainment features. This is the lowest cabin noise level in its class. The new planes are configured in three classes (Business, Premium and Economy) and carry 286 passengers compared to 265 on the current A340.
“Air Belgium is very happy and proud to present these new planes in Belgium. The most modern planes will operate under the Belgian flag. We are very satisfied with our experience of operating the Airbus A340s, demonstrating reliability, comfort and performance. With the A330neos, customers will directly benefit from even greater comfort and superior service on board while reducing our environmental impact by 25%,»Says Niky Terzakis, CEO of Air Belgium
The first A330neo from Brussels Airport in Mauritius
The first NEO registered OO-ABF will be introduced on the new route between Brussels Airport and Mauritius on October 15, 2021. The second aircraft (OO-ABG) will enter service by the end of November and will strengthen the winter destination 2021/2022 program.
“We are delighted that Air Belgium recognizes the productivity and flexibility benefits of the A330neo, positioning it as the best-in-class and most profitable aircraft for the airline’s long-haul network. With a maximum range of 8,150 nautical miles, a 25% fuel reduction and lower CO2 emissions compared to previous generation aircraft, the A330neo is the ideal solution for airlines to overcome the crisis and respond at the request of passengers wishing to fly again. For this reason, the A330 Family is the most popular widebody aircraft in the world, with 1,500 A330s delivered, and was the most widely used long-haul aircraft during the pandemic.Says Christian Scherer, Commercial Director and Director of Airbus International, Airbus.
Thursday, July 1, 2021
To note: Numerous media have published inaccurate information on this topic earlier, based on rumors. Air Belgium declined to confirm the content of their articles, and CEO Niky Terzakis said Aviation24.be that false news has been published in several cases. Therefore, we preferred to wait for the airline to officially disclose the correct information before publishing an article.