Thursday, 21 June 2018

Air Belgium to go to America?

The new startup airline, Air Belgium is looking to already expand its route network from Brussels Charleroi Airport after only a couple of weeks into its first service to Hong Kong.  The new airline is hoping to spread its wings across the Atlantic to the US.

According to reports, the carrier has already applied to the US Department of Transportation (DOT) for Exemption Authority and Foreign Air Carrier Permit, to allow it to offer service to America.  Once the paperwork is done and approval granted the airline believes it will be offering charter flights on the Belgium-US market before introducing its Airbus A340 into the scheduled services market.

Air Belgium currently has two Airbus A340-300s, one is currently operating the airlines' flights to and from Hong Kong and its home base of Brussels Charleroi.  The other has been wet-leased to Air France for a short-term period, however, it's believed will be returned to Air Belgium and used to operate the company's previously announced proposed services to mainland China.