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Belgian startup Air Antwerp introduces its first aircraft

Antwerp, Belgium - Belgian startup Air Antwerp has presented its first aircraft, an almost 30-year-old Fokker 50 registered OO-VLS.

The aircraft was taken over from Amapola Flyg, another regional airline operating in Sweeden.

The Fokker 50 of Air Antwerp aircraft was first delivered to the German regional airline operator DLT in 1990. And then the aircraft flew for the Spanish Air Nostrum, the German Lufthansa CityLine.

In 2001, it was acquired by Belgian VLM. In 2014, VLM went bankrupt and the aircraft joined the Swedish Amapola Flyg's fleet.

Air Antwerp is in the process of acquiring its Air Operator's Certificate (AOC) from the Belgian civil aviation regulator. The carrier hopes to begin operations from Antwerp International Airport from autumn this year.

In terms of logo, we have opted for a design that symbolizes a hand, the fingers of which form a wing, as it were, said Air Antwerp CEO Johan Maertens.

It is not yet possible to say exactly when we will receive our AOC. However, the completion of the necessary formalities is going according to plan. Our team is working diligently on the preparations for the launch of the first flights, he added.

The routes that will be operated by the Belgian startup still remain unknown.

Air Antwerp is owned by Irish CityJet (75%) and the Dutch KLM (25%).

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