sabenapilot
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Some Good News From SN Brussels

Sat Jan 22, 2005 11:21 pm

SN Brussels Airlines is anticipating the increasing market demand on its popular routes to the new EU Member States by offering extra frequencies to Prague and Budapest.

Starting the 7th of March, 3 extra weekly evening flights will initially be scheduled to both Prague (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) and Budapest (Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday). SN Brussels Airlines will as of then offer 4 daily connections to the Hungarian capital in partnership with Malev.

As of the 26th of March, an additional 3 weekly evening flights will be operated to Prague (Monday, Wednesday, Friday), making a total of 6 new weekly flights (all days except Saturday). Thanks to the partnership with Czech Airlines, up to 6 daily flights will then be offered between the EU capital Brussels and Prague.

Also, on a different topic:
the bridging loan of 125 million euro from the Belgian Government, with EU approval initially destined for the short term survival of Sabena, but later turned over to SN Brussels to allow it to be created successfully from the remains of the defunct Sabena and which until now had to be paid back before the end of this year, has been converted into a long term loan, with a payback date of 2017. SN has also secured the possibility to offer shares to the Belgian government as alternative method of pay back.

 
GLAGAZ
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RE: Some Good News From SN Brussels

Sat Jan 22, 2005 11:29 pm

Good news. Looks like SNBA are trying to recapture some of Sabena's former glory. Any news on BRU-GLA?
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MEA-707
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RE: Some Good News From SN Brussels

Sun Jan 23, 2005 12:05 am

Their short haul fleet contains 31 ARJs (BAe-146), while their schedule can be flown by about 20 frames, so I guess their accountants urged them to search for some flights outside peak hours to get their planes up in the air more.
Even while Amsterdam was lossmaking for the old Sabena, I think they should reinstall BRU-AMS flights, even if it were only in the morning connecting to/from their African services. They now don't market the small but lucrative central African destinations in the Netherlands, leaving it for the AF/KL monopoly charging high prices.
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RE: Some Good News From SN Brussels

Sun Jan 23, 2005 12:22 am

MEA-707

Is there a fast train between AMS and BRU, like there's between BRU and CDG?

SNbrussels had a daily ARJ flight from CDG to BRU to connect to the African flights, but ceased the route about a year ago I think, because the Thalys train was apparently more convenient than the hassles of CDG.
 
MEA-707
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RE: Some Good News From SN Brussels

Sun Jan 23, 2005 12:56 am

The train between AMS and BRU is pretty OK but not really fast yet, also a stopover at Brussels-North to the slow local train to BRU airport make it a trip of more than 2-2,5 hours.
But SN Brussels don't market their flights in the Netherlands. If flying into AMS is not worthwhile, I'd suggest they close a deal with the railway that you can check in at AMS and take the train under a SN flightnumber, or combine with Virgin Express shuttle buses, I am sure it would be worthwhile to fill some seats to Kinshasa, Louanda, Abidjan, Dakar, Yaounde etc, where SN now hardly ever shows up if a travel agent searches for AMS-ABJ or AMS-DKR flights.
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