19-28 February 2003:
bankruptcy of Air Lib and transfer of related section to former
Airlines page. New A319 and new pictures of A330 of SN Brussels
Airlines. New B737-800 of Sobelair. Air France Concorde. Belair
B757. 12 December 2002: bankruptcy of Delsey Airlines and transfer of
related section to former Airlines page 18 July 2002: A320 of the newly created Thomas Cook Airlines. 31 May 2002: A330-200 of the newly created VG Airlines. A340,
DC10 and MD83 of AirLib. B737-300 of Virgin Express. Broken links
removed. 29 April 2002: split-off of site with former airlines. Delta 767
and MD90 new colours. Continental Millenium Jet. AirLib F28. Air France
B777 and A320. A330-300 and ARJ100 of SN Brussels Airlines. B757-200 of
Belair. 15 February 2002: SN Brussels Airlines: A new airline in
Belgium, on the ashes of Sabena 31 December 2000: A330 Edelweiss. Delta B777 Olympic colours.
LOT Embraer RJ and B737-500. Air France CRJ200 and B737-500. New
sections on EasyJet (with B737-300) and VLM (with F50).
Continental B767. 28 October 2000: Delta B737-800 and L1011. B747C of Air
France. 9 July 2000: several Airbus pictures (A318 Air France, A320
Edelweiss, Airbus section) 17 May 2000: Boeings 737-800, 757 and 777 of Delta. Boeing
737-700 of Continental. 18 April 2000: Olympic Boeing 717. Air Littoral, French regional
This site concentrates on 5 countries with which I have a special
France (a country where I lived from 1993 to 1998)
Airlines which have recently disappeared
are handled in a separate page.
With an additional Miscellaneous
chapter containing a section on Airbus.
See also my links
to other airliners sites, airlines and airports.
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2001 was a sad year for Belgian airlines, with the bankruptcies of
of its largest airlines: the flag carrier Sabena and the charter
City Bird. This came after the bankruptcy of charter company
International and after British operator Airtours terminated the
of its charter subsidiary Air Belgium.
2002 gives reasons for hope again. Built on the remains of Delta Air
the short-haul subsidiary of Sabena, SN Brussels Airlines was given its
new name and colours on 15 February 2002, with a fleet consisting
of AVRO Regional Jets. Flights to Africa started on 26 April 2002 with
A330s from Sabena operated by Birdy Airlines (the successor of
CityBird). Three Airbus A319 were introduced in March 2003.
The charter subsidiary of national carrier Sabena is still alive. As
well as the three Boeings B737-300, the three B737-400 and the three
B767, the fleet was reinforced with a modern Airbus A320 and an extra
Boeing B737 in July and August 2000. The Boeing 737-800 was introduced
in late 2002.
(17k). Taking off (15k).
Another take-off (16k).
flew scheduled routes for Sabena to Israel and West Africa.
Boeing 737 entirely booked by tour-operator JetAir, whose logo appears in red
on the side (18k). Another 737 at
First Boeing 737-800 (OO-VAS) taking off from Boeing Airfield. Sobelair
is the first Belgian airline to operate a Boeing 737-800 with winglets
in its fleet. The winglets help improve performance, decrease takeoff
noise, increase range and decrease fuel burn. On final approach at
Lanzarote: Click Here to view the photo.
Belgium-based subsidiary of Richard Branson's Virgin Group, this
low fare airline in Europe was lauched by the founders of City Bird. It
used to fly exclusively Boeing 737 aircraft painted in a bright red
and with a non-smoking, single class configuration with beverage
...but in the past it also registered aircraft in Ireland, most
an A320 painted in white...
registered EI-TLP at Hanover by T. Guse
Thomas Cook Airlines Belgium
Charter airline set up by tour operator Thomas Cook after the demise
of CityBird. It uses 6 Airbus A320.
at Brussels, courtesy of @pron
The express courier company with its main European hub in Brussels
added nine Airbus A300B4-200s to its fleet in 1998. The first Airbus
already been delivered and flies the Brussels-Nordic routes of DHL.
French actress Catherine
on her descent from a Boeing 737-400 at Warsaw airport on 4 June 1997
Another famous traveler: Pope
II embarking on a Boeing 737-400 at Warsaw airport in July 1999
The ceremony in front of the
Ilyushin 62 at
in 1987 (22k); second picture
These planes have now been abandoned and LOT's fleet is now exclusively
composed of Boeings 737 and 767, ATRs 72 and Embraer 145 regional jets.
A subsidiary of LOT for domestic and short-haul European flights
fleet of ATRs 42 and 72 and Jetstreams 31.
2001/2002 was a sad year for Swiss airlines, with the bankruptcies
of its major airlines: the flag carrier Swissair and the regional
SwissWings. This came after the bankruptcy of Swiss World Airways in
Swiss (short for Swiss International Airlines) is the successor of
bankrupt Swissair, created from its regional subsidiary Crossair.
A TAP Air Portugal Boeing
(CS-TIB) depicting the World Exhibition that took place in Lisbon in
Some merely say it looks "a bit messy". Then again, seafood lovers will
recognise starfish, a red octopus and a blue seahorse (37k).
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