Air Belgium is an airline based out of Brussels, Belgium, and was founded in 2002. It is a charter carrier, operating both scheduled and charter flights to destinations in Europe, Africa, and Asia. The airline has grown significantly since its inception, and has become one of the leading charter airlines in Europe.
The airline began operations in June 2002 with a single Airbus A320-200 aircraft. The first flight departed Brussels and flew to the Greek island of Rhodes. Over the next two years, Air Belgium acquired two more aircraft, allowing them to expand their route network to include destinations in Spain, Italy, France, and the United Kingdom.
In 2004, Air Belgium began operating its first long haul flights, from Brussels to Bangkok. The airline also began to introduce larger aircraft, such as the Airbus A330-200, which allowed them to further expand their route network and transport more passengers. By 2006, Air Belgium was operating flights to more than 20 destinations across Europe, Africa, and Asia.
The airline has achieved many important milestones over the years. In 2012, Air Belgium became the first Belgian carrier to operate a regularly scheduled flight to the United States. The flight departed Brussels and flew to New York City. This was an important milestone for the airline, as it was the first Belgian-based carrier to operate a direct flight from Europe to the United States.
In 2013, Air Belgium became the first Belgian carrier to operate flights to India. The route departed from Brussels and flew to New Delhi. The airline also began operating flights to Hong Kong in 2016, and to Tokyo in 2018.
The airline has also been involved in a number of incidents over the years. In 2011, an Air Belgium flight from Brussels to Berlin had to make an emergency landing in Cologne due to a technical issue with one of the engines. Fortunately, no passengers were injured in the incident.
In 2019, Air Belgium was involved in a federal investigation after one of its aircraft was found to have faulty navigation systems. The investigation resulted in the airline having to suspend operations until the issue was resolved.
Today, Air Belgium operates a fleet of 11 aircraft, composed of Airbus A320-200s, A330-200s, and A330-300s. The airline has come a long way since its inception in 2002, and has established itself as one of the leading charter carriers in Europe.