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Air Belgium is a Belgian airline that operates flights between Belgium and destinations throughout Africa. It was established in 2016, and seems to be doing some wetleasing for Air Senegal, Royal Air Maroc, and now, British Airways flights between London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD).
Wetleasing is when one airline (the lessor) provides the aircraft, crew, maintenance, and insurance (ACMI) to another airline (the lessee). The lessee operates the aircraft under its own brand and assumes responsibility for the marketing, ticket sales, and other aspects of the operation. Wetleasing is often used by airlines (in this case British Airways) to meet short-term capacity needs, fill gaps in their route networks, or handle seasonal fluctuations in demand.
@IshrionA is reporting on Twitter that Air Belgium will likely fly one of its two Airbus A330neo aircraft for some of British Airways’ flights between London Heathrow Airport (LHR) and Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD) between July 1st and November 15th. This has yet to be updated on British Airways’ site, but this could provide a cool route to try out Air Belgium.
Anthony’s Take: I doubt I’ll be taking one of these flights between Chicago and London, but I’m always fascinated when carriers run new routes as either additions or in wetlease agreements like this one.
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