RJ_Delta From Chile, joined Oct 2000, 1949 posts, RR: 11 Posted (13 years 9 months 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 4277 times:
After the bankruptcy of Sabena Belgian World Airways, Belgium has only a small carriers like DAT Delta Air Transport or SN Brussels Airlines. As far as know new carriers has bought the aircraft of Sabena like the new VG Airlines which adquired 2 A330-200 and SN Brussels Airlines which has adquired some A319, A330 and A340.
Both carrier are flying international routes (VG Airlines from the next month), so I have a question:
What is the new Flag carrier of Belgium: VG Airlines or SN Brussels Airlines?
ILS.25L From Belgium, joined Nov 2000, 153 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (13 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 4201 times:
You can not consider one of the 3 airliners as a flag carrier but what's in a name. Can you only consider an airline as a flag carrier when they have been subsidized during several years ? Can you consider an airline as a flag carrier when they have a name like "Air Belgium" or "Air France" ?
I think the decade ofg flag carriers are over. If we speak about flag carriers, everybody seems to accept that the airline with the biggest fleet is to be considered as a flag carrier. In a couple of years we will most certainly see 3 to 4 global airlines and not 7 or 8 "flag carriers" anymore.
To what concerns Belgium : I think SN BRU Airlines can still be the most representing airline for Belgium because the name reflects "SN" and "Brussels" in their name. VG is quite new and has not started their first commercial flight yet. I rather see it as a kind of a feeder for the SN BRU Airlines-network. To what concerns VLM : they can be considered as a regional small airliner who carries the "lion" as a symbol for Flanders and who has its homebase at Antwerp.
Air Orange From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (13 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4184 times:
VLM (Vlaamse Luchttransportmaatschappij), erected by Freddy Van Gaever and Christiaan Heinzmann (ex-Constellation erector) started with ex-Busy Bee Fokkers. The colours of Busy Bee were white-yellow-black. The colours of Flanders are yellow and black (flag is yellow with a black lion) so VLM decided to keep the ex-Busy Bee livery but changed the tailfin design and the titles. VLM was taken over by the Dutchman Jaap Rosen Jacobson. As the yellow-black colourscheme was too nationalistic (too Flemish) the Dutchman and former VLM president Heinzman (now president of Luxair) decided to change livery. After a design competition (the task was to come to a more KLM-lookalike livery (due to codeshare) with European Union colours (as being a Belgian airline)) I was the favorite candidate to restyle the airline's image; it was my first airline design project. The airline wanted to get rid of the explanation VLM as being the Flemish airline. I changed the black lion to a golden lion (the national Belgian lion is also gold). Later on VLM added "airlines" to its brand. At the moment VLM Airlines (based in Antwerp) is the most successful Belgian airline in Belgium. As they only fly Fokker 50's and quiet Euregional I cannot say that it is Belgium's flagcarrier.
After the bankruptcy of Sabena and due to the lack of internartional flights from Brussels late 2001 Freddy Van Gaever erected VG (Van Gaever) Airlines and honoured me to design the VG Airlines' brand and livery. I proposed a brand and aircraft livery design with a strong Belgian recognition; the Belgian tripple colour. As a Dutchman I think it was wise to emphasize the unity of the Belgians although I'm aware that the relation between the different populations are not soo well. With the Belgian colours I hope to have created a new Belgian flagcarrier although I have to admit that another brandname would have been better to emphasize the country of origin aslike Air Belgium, Pan European, Belgium United Airways or simply Belgium Airlines.
Anyway recently Van Gaever (he is now managing director) sold his shares to Tony Gram who is now the owner. Tony Gram is owner of the luggage wear brand Delsey and Kipling. The second A330-200 is a logojet or flying billboard and is painted with the Delsey-logo. The third A330-200 will receive the Kipling logo. As the airline is not yet operating I cannot tell you whether VG Airlines will become a success or not.
To me SN Brussels Airlines is now Belgium's home carrier, well for the moment, although they do not make a strong presence to me by using such a loooong and local brandname. With the smart and beautiful ex-Sabena tailfin and engine cowl design they hope to take advantage of the existing Sabena-brand awareness among the Belgian's though I think it is not so wise.
Sabenapilot From Belgium, joined Feb 2000, 2744 posts, RR: 44
Reply 7, posted (13 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 4161 times:
Hi there all of you,
I must say that I do like your VLM livery, Air Orange!
(PS. it makes me think of the Qualiflyer blue belly Sabena livery, but hey, seems you were first.)
Officially there are no such things as flag carriers in Europe anymore; what is still there are designated carriers.
These are carriers which are given the right to fly routes to destinations where there are no open sky agreements (yet) and where there is still a need for an official bilateral contract between the 2 states concerned.
For EU based companies these are basically all destinations outside of the European Union (- a few other European non EU memberstates) and the USA.
Every country is free to appoint as much designated carriers as they want, but in most cases this number is limited to one, or two (VS) in the UK, because most foreign countries do have only one designated carrier (they still call it their flag carrier) and do not want to see too much competion for their own airline.
In all contracts between the Belgian Government and other countries the designated carrier used to be Sabena, jet this was changed the day before the bankruptcy to dat, now called SN Brussels Airlines.
I would therefor call SN Brussels Airlines the Belgian 'flag' carrier.
A330DAT From Belgium, joined Nov 2001, 469 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (13 years 9 months 3 weeks 4 days 20 hours ago) and read 4139 times:
Officially there are no such things as flag carriers in Europe anymore Really? There's no more flag carrier in Holland? (KLM?), Austria? Italy? France? Ireland? or anywhere else?
Seems to me the need for a flag carrier is put in question only in Belgium (or switzerland). Of course there is talk about joining forces and having only 3 or 4 remaining airlines in Europe but is it really happening? It is a fact that there will be alliances such as "Star" and "OneWorld" but until now everyone is still very much keeping there own identity, eventhough they are part of one or other group. Of course you can go on for hours or even days discussing the meaning of "Flag Carrier". As I said before it is only in Belgium where we ask ourselves this question.
Spitfire From France, joined Feb 2001, 801 posts, RR: 6
Reply 12, posted (13 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 4043 times:
Don't always believe what is written in press, they often make huge mistakes !!!!!!
My advice: check, re-check and ...re-re-check (cross-check) information. SN Brussels Airlines only fly with "jumbolino", Birdy with A330-300, VG should fly A330-200, Sobelair B 737 and 767. That's the situation in Belgium today.
Sabena ... Never to be forgotten (12 years already , what a shame !! )
Avion2002 From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 9 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (13 years 9 months 3 weeks 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 4014 times:
The terminology "flag carrier" has become confusing, as it refers to air traffic rights, exchanged between different States. In the old times, these BASAs (Bilateral Air Services Agreements) were based on the principle of mono-designation, i.e. a country could designate one single airline to commercialise the air traffic rights under this international treaty.
A "flag carrier" in that respect was THE designated carrier.
With multi-designation become more the rule, there is no longer a unique carrier allowed to operate an international route, but multiple airlines have market access . Moreover, after EU-reguations and US-Europe opens skies bilaterals became more liberal, the notion of flag carrier really had less sense.
But if one should strictly interpret aviation law : SN Brussels Airlines is the sole designated airline between Belgium and Congo DR, Guinea, Senegal, Cameroon, Gambia, Uganda, Liberia, Angola, Kenya and Rwanda. As such, SN Belgian Airlines is Belgian's flag carrier in these Bilateral Air Services Agreements.