Just recently Lufthansa has ordered 10 brand new A330-300's that will be delivered in January 2004. Since Lufthansa at the moment is suffering a capacity shortage, as an interim, they will be leasing 2 ex-Sabena A330-200's (OO-SFT, OO-SFU) as well as the 4 A340's (OO-SCW/X/Y/Z)
This leaves Delsey Airlines with only one (and for the moment the only) option:
A330DAT From Belgium, joined Nov 2001, 469 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 2210 times:
Yes it may be good news. I had serious doubts whether the A340-200 OO-SCX would ever fly again. If it will then it will certainly be very expensive to get that bird flying again. It has suffered so much by being parked there, without engines:
It was said that the aircraft would get the same fate as 747-100 OO-SGA (broken up for spare parts) Let's hope everyone was wrong.
I had hoped that all these aircraft, someday, would eventually fly out of Brussels but that was/is wishful thinking.
FlyAirbus From Canada, joined Apr 2002, 48 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2112 times:
That's true A330DAT but the aircraft will be available again in 2004 when Lufthansa receives their new A330's. Who knows, the aircraft may retun to Brussels. I guess you could say that it's better to have them fly than to let them rot away.
Flying Belgian From Belgium, joined Jun 2001, 2427 posts, RR: 9
Reply 5, posted (12 years 10 months 2 weeks 2 days 21 hours ago) and read 1933 times:
Well it's not a big surprise to hear that !!!
I still wonder how Delsey/VG manages to pay the leasing of their three first Airbus 330-200. I'm pretty sure that ILFC asked for some guarantees which Tony Gram wasn't able to give.
Everybody knows how awful the loadfactors are for the moment... very difficult to foresse any expansion for VG... moreover I predict loadfactors will be worse even from september on as the leisure market was the most popular one so far for VG/Delsey.