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Airlines

Name: AIR BELGIUM
7JetSet7 Code: ABL
Status: Currently Not Operational
Region: EUROPE
City: BRUSSELS
Country: BELGIUM
Employees 140
Web: airbelgium.com
Email:
Telephone:
Fax:
Sita: BRUSAAJ
Background
(definitions)

FOUNDED IN 1979. FORMERLY SUN INTERNATIONAL. INTERNATIONAL, CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO , JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

Belgium (Kingdom of Belgium) was established in 1830, it covers an area of 30,519 sq km, its population is 10.1 million, its capital city is Brussels, and its official languages are Flemish and French.

MARCH 1996: SUN INTERNATIONAL (ABL) FLIES TO THE MEDITERRANEAN, ALICANTE, ALMERIA, ATHENS, CORFU, DALAMAN, FARO, GERONA, HERAKLION, IBIZA, IZMIR, KOS, MAHON, MALAGA, MALTA, NAPLES, LAS PALMAS, LISBON, PALMA, RHODES, RIMINI, TENERIFE, VENICE, MIAMI, & PUNTA CANA.

1 737-300 (23766), EX-(NJS), (ILF) LEASED. LEASED 1 757-200 (24528) TO (SWY) FOR 42 MONTHS.

JUNE 1996: JOHAN VANNESTE, GENERAL MANAGER.

LEASED 1 737-300QC FOR FREIGHTER OPERATIONS.

SEPTEMBER 1996: ELIE BRUYNINCKX, TECHNICAL MANAGER, EX-(SAB)
737 MAINTENANCE ENGINEERING HEAD.

MARCH 1997: 1 737-300QC (CFM56-3B2), EX-(EAT).

APRIL 1997: 100 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 60 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 2 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

MAJOR SHAREHOLDER, SUN INTERNATIONAL 65% IS TO SELL ITS SHARE IN
THE TROUBLED CHARTER AIRLINE. REMAINING 35% SHARES HELD BY (SBL).

SUN INTERNATIONAL LOST -$23 MILLION IN 1996.

OCTOBER 1997: 737-3Q8C (23766) LEASED TO (ICE).

DECEMBER 1997: CEASES OPERATIONS. FLIGHTS TAKEN OVER BY (GUE).

JANUARY 1998: AIRTOURS TOUR OPERATOR & TRAVEL GROUP (GUE) BUYS SUN INTERNATIONAL, OSTEND, BELGIUM, INCLUDING (ABL) FOR $90.4 MILLION.

APRIL 1998: 19 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 10 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 2 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

AUGUST 1998: ELIE BRUYNINCKX, TECHNICAL MANAGER LEAVES TO JOIN SOBELAIR (SBL) AS TECHNICAL DIRECTOR.

OCTOBER 1998: FISCAL YEAR (FY) 1997 = +$600,000 (-$700,000).

NOVEMBER 1998: 1 737-3Q8QC (23766) WET-LEASED 5 MONTHS TO AIR TOURS INTERNATIONAL (GUE).

DECEMBER 1998: TO MOVE ITS BASE BY MARCH 1999 FROM LIEGE-BIERSET TO MAASTRICHT-AACHEN (THE NETHERLANDS) BECAUSE RIVAL TOUR OPERATOR, THE NECKERMANN GROUP HAS A POWERFUL POSITION AT LIEGE, LEAVING (ABL) WITH LIMITED SLOT OPTIONS.

JANUARY 1999: 737-3Q8QC (23766) RETURNED FROM (GUE).

FEBRUARY 1999: 737-3Q8QC (23766) WET-LEASED TO EUROPEAN AIR TRANSPORT (EPT), "C" CHECK BY FLS (ATD).

MARCH 1999: 1ST A320, EX-AIR TOURS (GUE). 2ND NEXT MONTH WITH PLANS TO GROW TO 4-6 A320'S BY 2001. THE 737-300QC WILL BE RETURNED NEXT MONTH AND THE 737-400 NEXT YEAR.

APRIL 1999: 92 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 20 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 45 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA)). SITA: BRUSAAJ.

1 737-400 LEASED TO NEW STARTUP FLY FTI (FTZ), MUNICH. 2 A320-212'S (301; 349), PREMIAIR (PRH) LEASED FOR SUMMER.

MAY 1999: 737-3Q8QC (23766) RETURNED TO LESSOR AND ONTO ISLANDFLUG (ISF).

APRIL 2000: 140 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 38 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 76 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 3 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

(http://www.airbelgium.com).

JULY 2000: PLANS TO CEASE OPERATIONS IN NOVEMBER 2000.

2 A320'S TO BE TRANSFERRED TO PREMIAIR (PRH).

OCTOBER 2000: 1 A320-211 (348) TO (PRH). 1 A320-212 (349) TO (GUE). 737-46B (25262) RETURNED TO BOULLIOUN (BOU).

Fleet:
(definitions)

November 2000:

0 737-46B (CFM56-3) (2088-25262, /91 21 09 OO-ILJ), (BOU) LSD, WET-LST (GUE) 2000-05, RTND (BOU) 2000-10, LST (ABE) 2001-04.

0 757-23A, (ETOPS) EQ'PD, RTND (ILF).

1 A320-212 (CFM56-5A3) (301; 349), (PRH) LSD 1999-04 FOR SUMMER SEASON, 349 TO (PRH) 2000-10.

0 A320-212 (CFM56-5A3) (348, OO-AEY), (GUE) LSD 1999-03, TO (PRH) 2000-10.

Management:
(definitions)

MARC VAN MOERKERKE, CHAIRMAN.

JOHAN VANNESTE, GENERAL MANAGER (1996-06) (BRUSAAJ),
(john.vanneste@air-belgium.be).

STEFAN VERHOFSTADT, MAINTENANCE MANAGER, (BRUTMAJ) (1998-10),
(stefan.verhofstad@air-belgium.be).

PAUL JANSSENS, ASSISTANT TO MAINTENANCE MANAGER (1998-10),
(paul.janssens@air-belgium.be).

PATRICE GEENS, GROUND OPERATIONS MANAGER (1998-10).

 
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