Apuneger From Belgium, joined Sep 2000, 3030 posts, RR: 12 Reply 4, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 6 days 6 hours ago) and read 1199 times:
Well, since Glider asked a question, I shall ask one too:
Are they using the same flight numbers Sabena used to have? Just curious...
Nevertheless, great news for Belgian aviation enthusiasts (and of course foremost for pilots, cabin crew members,...). Finally back to the black beautiful continent...Can't wait to get there someday 'of course I'd fly SNBA!)
Flying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2379 posts, RR: 9 Reply 11, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 1106 times:
What a contrast when I saw both planes of SNBA leaving this morning and the VG A332 still grounded in front of the SN technics facilities...
Anyway a very good news for the official Sabena's successor and for the people who work hard for it after the dark days we had since november... I still think about the people who still are unemployed since then.
Sabenapilot From Belgium, joined Feb 2000, 2712 posts, RR: 48 Reply 13, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 1092 times:
Although I was one of the 'lucky' few to get a job at Thomas Cook almost immediately after the Sabena bankruptcy, I still feel extremely attached to Sabena and its successor SN Brussels Airlines....
I know it sounds stupid, but Thomas Cook is just a job, whereas Sabena was a carriere.
I really do hope that in a few years time we'll be able to look back on today as the start of the second life of our beloved SN! Africa certainly is the way to go!
No other airline in the world (including Air France) has such a high reputation and experience on the dark continent. When all (and I really do mean all) others stopped flying because destinations were concidered too unstable, SN was the only carrier still going in there... and we never had a major incident in doing so!
Who else can say they safely served Monrovia, Kigali, Kinshasa or Bujumbura for instance on a regular basis while rebels were trying to capture the airport to pick up passengers scared to dead trying to escape the war?
Of course if you have done this kind of destinations as a crew last week, it is sometimes difficult to be extremely understanding towards an arrogant American economy passenger complaining for the tenth time his Iced Tea is not cold enough. Bad service they dared to call it! Passenger are always right, but still... Some Sabena passengers just didn't understand how spoiled they were...
Anyway, as Luchtzak said, let's all work together to make SN as strong and big as Sabena was, so that all colleagues who were less fortunate then I can soon join the ranks of SN again. And who knows, maybe I'll return one day too
Established02 From Belgium, joined Jan 2002, 536 posts, RR: 2 Reply 15, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1071 times:
> they safely served Monrovia, Kigali, Kinshasa or Bujumbura
> SN was the only carrier still going in there...
> and we never had a major incident in doing so!
I believe there was a remarkable incident though. In 2001(?) a SN A330 was hit severely(?) by machine gun fire during the approach of the Bujumbura airport. Soon after this incident SN stopped flying to Burundi.
SNBA (= SN Brussels Airlines) is the successor of Belgium's bancrupt Sabena. You can find out more about SNBA at www.brussels-airlines.be. As to the new flights to Africa, SNBA provides the cabin crew, while Birdy provides the planes and the pilots. The planes are painted in SNBA colors. You can find dozens of topics on Birdy and SNBA in the A.net archives.
Sabena 690 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 16, posted (11 years 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 1057 times:
Yeah, they are in the air
I really hope that the Belgian inhabitants will be proud on their company now, and will fly their company now.
When I heard people complaining about Sabena, this could make me furious.
I hope that people will respect the airline from now on.
I read lot's of Sabena reviews, and still now I can't understand that people call SN 'Such a bad experience never again'. They just didn't know that they were flying the safest company in the world with great aircrafts and a great service.