Start-Ups VLM Airlines receives Belgian AOC
Antwerp based VLM Airlines has received its Air Operator´s Certificate (AOC), the airline confirms. This allows VLM to commence Airbus A320 and Fokker 50 operations.
On Tuesday evening, the Belgian Federal Transport Ministry (BCAA) issued the AOC. Earlier, the BCAA had approved VLM´s takeover of Thomas Cook Belgium´s AOC to operate Airbus A320 (OO-TCT and OO-TCX). According to the airline statement, VLM now owns three AOCs. A Slovenian and a Belgian for its Fokker 50 operations and a Belgian AOC for Airbus A320 operations.
The Fokker 50s will be used for the popular Antwerp – London City route, as the new A320s will be used for Charters, ACMI and private flights. As of this month, the A320 have already been used for charter flights to Turkey. Future plans are to deploy the fleet on VLM´s scheduled European network.
VLM Airlines is a subsidiary of the Belgian company SHS Antwerp Aviation, and employs 100 people. The fleet consists of 6 Fokker 50 turboprop aircraft and two Airbus A320 aircraft. The Fokker 50´s seat 50 passengers, while the Airbus A320 can carry 180 passengers. Currently, VLM operates 19 scheduled flights per week, mainly between Antwerp and London City Airport.
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