Air Belgium Acquiring Airbus A330-900neos?!

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In the past few years I’ve written extensively about Air Belgium. Up until now the airline has exclusively operated passenger service with used Airbus A340-300s, but it looks like the carrier’s fleet will soon be expanding with more modern aircraft.

Air Belgium’s new A330-900neos

While I haven’t been able to find a formal announcement anywhere, it looks like Air Belgium will take delivery of at least one Airbus A330-900neo later this year. The aircraft with the MSN 1844 has the Air Belgium logo on its engines.

This plane was manufactured back in January 2018, and has had quite a history already, even though it hasn’t operated a single passenger flight:

Rumor has it that Air Belgium will take delivery of at least two A330-900neos. While not confirmed, I think that would most likely be the plane with the MSN 1861, since that’s the other A330-900neo that was supposed to go to RwandAir.

For those of you not familiar with the A330-900neo, this is the latest generation aircraft in the A330 family. The plane features improved economics over older versions of the A330, and it’s a great lower capacity alternative to the A350, which is otherwise Airbus’ flagship long haul aircraft nowadays.

What will Air Belgium do with the A330-900neo?

For those not familiar with Air Belgium, it’s an airline that commenced operations in 2018, with Airbus A340-300s that previously operated for Finnair. Here’s how Air Belgium’s business model has progressed:

Air Belgium currently has three A340-300s in its passenger fleet, so only time will tell how this plays out. Will Air Belgium use A330-900neos to simply make its passenger operations more efficient, and use these planes to replace A340-300s? Or will the A330-900neos replace the A340-300s?

Air Belgium’s A340-300 business class

I still don’t actually understand Air Belgium’s business model (and I’m not sure the airline does either, for that matter), but I sure am curious to see how this plays out.

Air Belgium currently flies Airbus A340-300s

Bottom line

While there hasn’t been an official announcement, it appears that Air Belgium is intending to take delivery of some A330-900neos later this year. In the three years since Air Belgium launched operations, it sure has gone through a few business models.

I’m curious to see how these A330-900neos fit into Air Belgium’s strategy, and what the interiors of these planes will be like.

What do you make of Air Belgium acquiring Airbus A330-900neos?

(Tip of the hat to Giuseppe)

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  1. François

    Hi Ben, I noticed a few inaccuracies.
    -Air Belgium also operates cargo flights out of Liège for CMA CGM with 4 ex-Qatari A330-200F
    -they haven't switched to Brussels Airport. The Caribbean flights depart from Charleroi. It is however planned to start a new service from Brussels Airport to Mauritius, however the start date has heen moved several times due to covid.
    Cheers!

  2. Real Alpha Male

    Boring Airline from an even more boring Country

  3. Eskimo

    Beer sales are going up. They have cash for new planes.

  4. Giuseppe

    Always happy to contribute! :)

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John

pRC washing machine…

Giuseppe

Always happy to contribute! :)

Eskimo

Beer sales are going up. They have cash for new planes.

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