British Airways to Chicago: A380 – and Air Belgium’s A330neo

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The airline company British Airways is operating two daily flights this summer between London And Chicagoincluding one operated by an Air Belgium Airbus A333-900.

Since July 1, 2023, the British flag carrier has been operating an unprecedented pairing between its base in London-Heathrow and the airport of Chicago O’Hare. One of the two daily departures (at 45:35 from Great Britain and 21:15 from the United States) is operated with one of its Airbus A380configured to accommodate 14 passengers in First Class, 97 in Business Class, 55 in Premium and 303 in Economy (469 seats)?

The other British Airways rotation (departure at 10.35 am, return at 4.50 pm) could have been offered by Boeing 777-200ER – 300ER, 787-8, -9 or -10 Dreamliner, or even A350-1000. But the airline has rented until the end of October from Air Belgium a A330-900 (in 30+21+235, i.e. 286 seats) with his crew, an ability she does not have. On board, only the comfort kits bearing the BA logo.

Whatever the reason for this wet lease (lack of plane? of personnel?), British Airways also has on this route the offer of its joint venture and codeshare partner American Airlines.

In addition to this route, the aircraft available from Air Belgium are also leased this summer by Royal Air Morocco between Casablanca and Brussels, or even Condor, Suriname Airways, Air Madagascar And Air Greenland (for Ponant cruises departing from Greenland). Its fleet currently includes two Airbus A330-200 And two A330-900 for passenger transport (plus in freight three A330F or A330P2F and three Boeing 747-8F based in China and operated on behalf of its shareholder Honguyan Group).

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