Sndp From Belgium, joined Feb 2000, 553 posts, RR: 2 Posted (6 years 8 months 2 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 2245 times:
Today, Sunday February 10th, a PrivatAir Airbus A319, was at Brussels. It was parked on Apron 4, in between the old Satellite terminal and the Apron before the old Sabena Techniques Hangar. Does anyone know why the aircraft was in BRU? If it would have been there operating a VIP flight, it would have been parked at the General Aviation Apron.
I thought smaller aircraft like Do328's & biz-jets from specialist companies like Tyrol Air Ambulance, ADAC & Ducair would be used rather than a VIP A319CJ! It seems a bit extreme using this?
When Sabena still existed, every year at the end of the winter school holiday period they always operated a special chartered "ambulance" flight with a B737 from GVA to BRU. It was full of Belgian skiers who had been injured during their week on the slopes. Many were able to walk (broken arms etc.) but quite a few arrived at the airport in ambulances. I'm not sure if there's still a similar charter flight for the same purpose.
The GVA news media always made a big deal of this flight, of course implying that Belgians were less than the most expert skiers!