Aeroplanes from
former Commercial Airlines

Most recent additions:

19 February 2003: bankruptcy of AirLib and transfer from Airliner main page to this page. DC10 in AirLib Express colours
12 December 2002: bankruptcy of Delsey Airlines and transfer from Airliner main page to this page
9 September 2002: VG Airlines changed to Delsey Airlines
27-31 May 2002: Sabena A340, A330, B747.
20 April 2002: creation of this part on former airlines. Several TWA 757s. Crossair MD82 and ARJ100.
22 November 2001: text on bankruptcy of Sabena, Swissair and several other airlines.

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Belgium BE

2001 was a sad year for Belgian airlines, with the bankruptcies of two of its largest airlines: the flag carrier Sabena and the charter company City Bird. This came after the bankruptcy of charter company Constellation International and after British operator Airtours terminated the existence of its charter subsidiary Air Belgium. In 2002, an effort was made to revive a transatlantic airline (Delsey), but this also collapsed a few months later.


Sabena Belgian World Airlines were Belgium's flag carrier. Sabena was declared in bankruptcy on 7 November 2001, after being compelled by its shareholder Swissair to purchase a total of 34 aircraft from Airbus, i.e. 28 for the replacement of the 13 Boeing 737-200 and the 15 Boeing 737-300, -400, -500 and 6 additional aircraft in order to develop Sabena's European network. More specifically, this involved 26 A319, 5 A320 and 3 A321. This was the greatest, albeit the last, aircraft order in the history of Sabena. The delivery of the aircraft started in January 1999. Sabena's long-haul fleet expanded as well. Together, these decisions brought Sabena's long-haul fleet to a total of 13 Airbus in the year 2000: 4 A340 and 9 A330. On 30 June 2000, the Sabena fleet consisted of 6 A330-200, 4 A330-300, 2 A340-200, 2 A340-300, 2MD-11, 8 A319, 2 A320, 3 A321, 17 B737, 6 BAe146, 14 Avro RJ85 and 12 Avro RJ100.

A Belgian charter operator, acquired by the British company Airtours, which forced it to stop activities. Before ceasing operations, Air Belgium operated 1 B737-400 and 2 A320s.

City Bird

On 27 March 1997, a brand new airline took to the sky from Brussels Airport. City Bird, a Belgian airline, was operating McDonnell Douglas MD11 and Boeing 767 aircraft on transatlantic routes. City Bird converted to charter routes from Brussels to North America and the Carribean, and later added European destinations served by Boeings 737 Next Generation planes.

Constellation International

A Belgian charter operator, now bankrupt. Constellation operated 2 A320's.

The airline started operating on 20 May 2002 with flights from Brussels to New York under the name VG Airilnes. Later, Boston, Los Angeles and ... Yerevan (Armenia) were added to the network. The fleet was composed of 3 Airbus A330-200 (ex-Sabena: OO-SFQ, SFR, SFS) equipped with PW-4000 engines. Cabin arrangement accommodated 42 business seats and 187 economy seats. The name was changed to Delsey Airlines in August 2002: the airline was indeed owned by the manufacturer of Delsey luggage. the airline went bankrupt in November of the same year.

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Poland PL

None of the Polish airlines has yet disappeared...

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Switzerland CH

2001/2002 was a sad year for Swiss airlines, with the bankruptcies of two of its major airlines: the flag carrier Swissair and the regionl airline SwissWings. This came after the bankruptcy of Swiss World Airways in 1998.


The national airline of Switzerland was known for the quality of its service. However, excessive debts due to bad acquisitions forced its demise at the end of 2001. Many of its routes have been taken over by its former subsidiary Crossair, renamed Swiss.

The new Swiss Romande long-haul airline went bankrupt in 1998, two months after starting daily flights from Geneva to Newark.

Here are photographs of its only B767 taken at Geneva airport: 1 (13k), 2 (21k), 3 (20k).


A regional airline, formerly owned in part by Swissair. It has been renamed Swiss Air Lines (Swiss for short) and it has taken over a major part of Swissair routes. Also operates charter flights with MD80 aircraft. The present pictures are all in the Crossair livery.

The now bankrupt Swiss regional airline flying Dornier 328 aircraft was renamed SwissWings before its collapse.

The former long haul charter subsidiary of Swissair. Its two 757-200s have been taken over by Belair, owned by travel agency Hotelplan. [Back to top]


TWA Trans World Airlines

TWA, on the verge of bankruptcy, was taken over by American Airlines in 2001.

Other US Airlines

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AirLib resulted from the merger of AOM and Air Liberté in September 2001. Until then, it was part of the defunct Swissair group. It collapsed itself in February 2003.

A French regional company that merged into of AirLib.

French company, formerly Air OutreMer, merged with Air Liberté into AirLib.


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