Air Belgium celebrated the launch of its first flight connection between Brussels Charleroi and Hong Kong on June 6.
The airline company also used the launch to introduce its new business lounge, which is located close to the plane. The first revenue flight was performed on Sunday, two days ago but that flight was considered as a “technical flight”, to verify all the procedures.
The inaugural flight was operated by company’s Airbus A340-300, registered OO-ABB. And for Brussels South-Charleroi (CRL) it marks the first ever long-haul flight operated from the airport.
The service starts almost two months later than originally planned after some administrative issues. Air Belgium secured its AOC in March and it would introduce its service in a month later, but acquiring overflight permission from Russia took longer than expected.
Given the impact of the delayed launch, Air Belgium has been forced to adapt the frequency of its flights to Hong Kong during the launch phase. The company will offer two flights per week in June, followed by three per week from July onward and, finally, four per week from October onward. Air Belgium will contact all passengers that are impacted by this change and will offer them a tailored solution.
Niky Terzakis, CEO of Air Belgium explained: “Now that we have all the green lights, we can’t wait to welcome our first passengers between Brussels Charleroi Airport and Hong Kong. Meanwhile, we’re working hard to have the third plane ready by the end of June and are preparing the first flights to Mainland China, which are expected to launch in the coming months.”
— Air Belgium, BS