News Listings for Air Belgium

  • Former Air Belgium boss Vanneste takes helm at VLM

    News | 20 Dec 2002 09:56 | Graham Dunn

    <body lang=EN-GB style='tab-interval:36.0pt'> <div class=Section1> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>Belgian regional carrier VLM has named former Air Belgium and Delta Air Transport boss Johan Vanneste as its new managing director in succession to interim CEO Pierre van Drooghenbroeck.</p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>VLM says van Drooghenbroek, a management consultant brought in from outside the airline in September to revamp the company’s organisation, has now essentially completed his task.</p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>Company chairman Jaap Rosen Jacobson notes: “Pierre van Drooghenbroeck was temporarily appointed to improve the performance of VLM as an organisation. He has done his job properly and today we have to focus again on the further development of our aviation activities.”</p> <p class=MsoNormal style=
  • SN Brussels COO Vanneste quits

    News | 29 Aug 2002 11:57 | Maria Wagland

    <body lang=EN-GB style='tab-interval:36.0pt'> <div class=Section1> <p class=MsoNormal>SN Brussels Airlines chief operating officer (COO) Johan Vanneste has resigned citing personal reasons.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">  </span><o:p></o:p></p> <p class=MsoNormal><u1:p></u1:p>The Brussels based executive was tipped to leave the airline earlier this year following the reorganisation of Sabena subsidiary Delta Air Transport (DAT) into the new national carrier SN Brussels when the flag-carrier collapsed. </p> <p class=MsoNormal>Executive chairman Robert Kuijpers appointed ex-DHL director Peter Davies to the top job at the airport in April this year, but even after being passed over for the position Vanneste remained at the carrier in the role of COO.<o:p></o:p></p> <p class=MsoNormal><u1:p></u1:p>A spokesman for SN Brussels says: “[Vanneste] decided to leave the company and it is his own private decision. He was a very good person for the company and helped the
  • Airtours and Premiair rebranded as MyTravel Airways

    News | 27 Nov 2001 14:44 | David Morrow

    <body lang=EN-GB style='tab-interval:36.0pt'> <div class=Section1> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>UK holiday flights operator Airtours is to rebrand itself as MyTravel Group, a move which will see the company combine its Airtours International and Scandinavia-based Premiair in-house carriers into a single fleet under the name MyTravel Airways.</p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>MyTravel Airways will operate 51 aircraft; the group is planning to acquire a fleet of more than 20 new Airbus narrowbodies for both its UK and Scandinavian operations to replace aircraft whose leases will expire by 2004.</p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>“The full transition to the MyTravel livery will be phased in as our new aircraft rollover is completed,” says a spokeswoman for the company, although she points out that the stronger brands will s
  • $2b debt spells the end for Sabena

    News | 13 Nov 2001 00:00

    <p>HERMAN DE WULF / BRUSSELS &amp; SIMON WARBURTON / PARIS</p> <p>Airline's chairman blames Swissair and union action, as well as global crisis for sealing ailing Belgian carrier's fate</p> <p>Belgian flag carrier Sabena finally accepted the inevitable and declared itself bankrupt on 7 November after 78 years in operation, leaving debts of €2.2 billion ($2 billion) and over 12,000 employees out of work. The bankruptcy is the largest in Belgium's history. </p> <p>Chairman Fred Chaffart admits that Sabena's "continued lack of profitability" significantly contributed to the carrier's downfall - Sabena has been profitable only twice since 1958. Chaffart also blamed former 49.5% owner Swissair, saying: "Swissair's aggressive expansion policy, its sudden 2001 reversal followed by non-payment of a contractually agreed capital increase [60% of a total of €430 million], wild-cat strikes and the aviation industry crisis" all contributed to Sabena's demise. </p> <p>Sabena's 86 aircraft are gr
  • Preussag named as possible buyer of Sabena's Sobelair

    News | 28 Aug 2001 00:00

    <p>HERMAN DE WULF / BRSUSSELS</p> <p>A take-over would consolidate the German tour operator's position in the Belgian market</p> <p>German tour operator Preussag has emerged as a potential buyer of Belgian charter airline Sobelair. The carrier is part of the asset fire sale being undertaken by Sabena in an effort to raise fresh capital to stave off increasing financial problems. Despite the airline's parlous position, Sabena pilots have announced they intend to strike in protest at the airline's restructuring plan. </p> <p>Preussag is Sobelair's main customer and a take-over would consolidate its position in the Belgian market. Sabena has confirmed the Preussag interest but has declined to comment further ahead of any agreement. The German company already owns leading European charter airlines Hapag-Lloyd and Britannia. </p> <p>One of the subjects under discussion between the two parties is Sobelair's ownership of the Air Belgium brand name following the demise of the Airtours-owne
  • Sabena reveals plan to restructure fleet: union

    News | 09 Aug 2001 14:43 | Maria Wagland

    <body lang=EN-GB style='tab-interval:36.0pt'> <div class=Section1> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'>A Sabena pilots association official says that workers have this morning been told by the carrier that it plans to reduce its own fleet by 22 aircraft and increase that of its regional subsidiary Delta Air Transport (DAT) as details emerge of the Belgian carrier’s restructuring plan, currently being presented by the company at a works council meeting.<u1:p></u1:p><u2:p></u2:p><u3:p></u3:p><u4:p></u4:p><u5:p></u5:p><u6:p></u6:p><o:p></o:p></p> <p class=MsoNormal style='mso-margin-top-alt:auto;mso-margin-bottom-alt:auto'><u7:p></u7:p>Belgian Cockpit Association (BeCA) representative Geert Vertongen, who has been attending the meeting, tells <i>ATI</i>: “The plan is to transfer 22 aircraft that are operated by Sabena. By the end of 2005 it will balance out that Sabena will have 22 less aircraft and DAT will have 22 more aircra