Brussels Airlines and Hewa Bora part ways

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The two AirDC BAe 146s remain in storage at Brussels (Dirk Lamarque)

The partnership between Brussels Airlines and Congolese airline Hewa Bora appears to have come to a definitive end. Their project to launch a joint airline, AirDC, that would operate BAe 146s on domestic and regional routes has long been at a standstill, with the two 146s sitting in storage at Brussels for over a year. Now the Congolese airline is reclaiming the traffic rights for the Brussels-Kinshasa route, which it had been operating jointly with Brussels Airlines. Hewa Bora presumably will find another partner to operate the route on its behalf, as the Congolese airline is still on the European Union’s blacklist. As for AirDC, Brussels Airlines remains officially committed to the project, although the team working on it is understood to have been dissolved. “The two planes for airDC are not being sold but they are in storage and can be activated at all times,” stated a Brussels Airlines spokesman.

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