Air Belgium’s last Airbus A340 flight landed this morning in Brussels South Charleroi
This Saturday morning, Air Belgium’s last commercial flight operated by an Airbus A340-300 landed at Charleroi airport, coming from Fort-de-France, Martinique, and Pointe-à-Pitre, Guadeloupe, Antilles. French. Future flights will be operated by the airline’s newly acquired A330neo.
On March 26 at 09:49, Air Belgium flight KF5961, the last Airbus A340-300 from Fort-de-France and Pointe-à-Pitre, landed at Brussels South Charleroi Airport half an hour late. The aircraft registered OO-ABB will in future be replaced by the new A330-900s. Three other A340-300s had been withdrawn earlier by Air Belgium.
Air Belgium currently has two A330-900s in its fleet, but plans to lease two more to expand its network from Brussels and Charleroi airports.
The four A340-300s, formerly with Finnair, were the first aircraft in the Air Belgium fleet. The intention was to fly them to Hong Kong and other destinations in China. While Hong Kong was served for a few months, other destinations did not materialize and Air Belgium changed its strategy, targeting Caribbean destinations. Soaring oil prices forced the airline to switch to more fuel-efficient aircraft, hence the choice of the A330neo to replace the gas-guzzling A340.