A brand new airline is emerging out of Belgium – and the product looks promising!
From March 2018, a new airline will start operating flights from Brussels to China and other Asian destinations. Air Belgium plans to operate a fleet of four A340-300 aircraft, due to be delivered in February 2018. Air Belgium is the new face of Belgian Airlines, which operated as a leisure carrier from the 1980s to October 2000. Now, with new ownership, the airline has been re-envisioned as a long haul carrier. Potential destinations could be Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, but only HK has been confirmed so far. The airline will be based at Brussels South Charleroi Airport, where a new premium terminal is being built to cater to the premium class passengers.
The airline will operate three classes: Economy, Premium Class and Business Class.
Economy class, shown above, will feature a 2-4-2 seating layout with 31″ of pitch and a seat width of 18″.
Premium class, shown above, will feature a 2-3-2 layout for a more relaxed cabin. The seat pitch is increased to 36″ and the seats will recline 18 degrees. The seats are also 2″ wider than economy class.
The interesting looking Business Class features lie flat beds, power sockets and welcome drinks among other amenities. However, surprisingly, the inflight entertainment screen is just 10″ wide – which seems small in today’s world of large screens.
The first two aircraft are said to be registered as OO-ABA and OO-ABB. The aircraft are ex-Finnair. The airline’s CEO is Niky Terzakis who has previously served with ASL Airlines Belgium and TNT Airways. Air Belgium’s website is up and shows that the online booking facility will become available in February 2018.