Air Belgium gives cargo a nod with maindeck move

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Following up on its statements several months ago, Air Belgium announces it will soon introduce four freighters to its fleet.

It also plans to have a total of six units in its maindeck fleet by the end-2021. There has been no mention of what freighter type Air Belgium plans to operate, but many suspect it will opt for A330Fs.

The first two aircraft should be operational as of March 2021 with the first aircraft based at Liege Airport (LGG).

“In such an uncertain period, this is good news for the airline,” says the CEO of Air Belgium, Niky Terzakis. “We are delighted to be able to begin this diversification into the commercial and cargo sector, which my team and I know well.”

Prior to starting Air Belgium in 2016, Terzakis was in charge of the Belgian cargo operation of TNT Airways out of Liege Airport. He was also responsible for transferring Dutch TNT’s activities to Liege.

“This will complement our existing passenger business which has been severely impacted by the current travel restrictions. This demonstrates once again the resilience and flexibility of our airline’s development potential. As well as the ever-growing attractiveness of Liege Airport,” Terzakis adds.

Air Belgium focuses on offering direct intercontinental flights from Belgium. It’s main operational base is located at Brussels Charleroi Airport (CRL). Air Belgium also operates from other airports in Belgium and Europe.

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