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Birdy Airlines



Taken at Brussels in 2003 one of three A330-300 of Birdy Airlines in full old SN Brussels Airlines markings with small "operated by Birdy Airlines" titles below cockpit windows. (Photo: collection Skystef)

 

Base: Brussels
IATA: 4V
ICAO: BDY
Fleet: 3x A330-300 (OO-SFM, OO-SFN, OO-SFO)
History: after the bankrupt of SABENA in November 2001, Victor Hasson and Georges Gutelman, ex staff members of bankrupt City Bird, decided to form another airline "Birdy Airlines" to provide long haul flights from Brussels to former Sabena destinations in Africa. An agreement was signed with SN Brussels Airlines to operate on their behalf for 30 months. Two ex Sabena A330-300s were leased from April 2002 on, followed by a third two months later. All carried SN Brussels Airlines markings. On April 26 2002 the inaugural flight went from Brussels to Entebbe & Nairobi. The network also included Kinshasa, Kigali, Dakar, Banjul, Conakry, Abidjan, Douala, Yaounde, Luanda, Monrovia, Mombasa and Freetown. During 2004 it was announced that operations and aircraft of Birdy would be fully integrated into SN Brussels Airlines by October 27 2004, thus ending its own flying status.     

 

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