Airlines Remembered

Air Belgium

Photos © R.Leeuw


Air Belgium ceased operations 31Oct2000
Homebase: Brussels-Zaventum, Belgium
Founded: 1979
ICAO callsign: Air Belgium
Flightnbr prefix: AJ / ABB
Operations: passengers


Boeing 737-46B OO-ILJ (msn/ln 25262/2088) is seen here on final approach into BRU on a day in July 2000. A small struggling operator that tried hard to stay afloat. By painting a large advertisement for Leonidas chocolates on this aircraft, extra funds was generated. The titling on this aircraft also illustrates that Airtours of the UK had taken a share in Air Belgium; alas, it was "curtains" for this company in Oct.2000.


In 2000 Air Belgium operated 3 aircraft:
OO-ILJ 737-46B (25262/2088)
OO-AEY Airbus A320-212 (301)
OO-AEZ Airbus A320-212 (349)
These aircraft were returned to their leasing companies.


The very same aircraft, in June 1999, is seen here (slightly obstructed by the high grass) at Amsterdam-Schiphol, in a more regular colourscheme (I don't mind all these changes and add-ons: they keep my camera busy!).


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