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Air Belgium Airbus A340-300 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) on a sunny July afternoon - Photo by Robson Smith
Air Belgium Airbus A340-300 arriving at Toronto Lester B. Pearson International Airport (YYZ) on a sunny July afternoon 2019. This is not an Air Belgium flight, however. This aircraft, though flying Belgium's colours, is wet leased (leasing the entire aircraft and operations including pilot and cabin crew) from Air Belgium to British Airways for their BA93 flight en route from London Heathrow International Airport (LHR) to Toronto Pearson. But why? Well, this is due to the ongoing global issues with the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engine, mandating the forced inspection of all engines and subsequent grounding of any aircraft using it. Consequently, British Airways, which operates a fleet of 787-9 aircraft utilizing this massive piece of engineering, has been forced to rearrange their long haul flights. To reduce the inconvenience, the Heathrow-based airline has decided to lease additional aircraft for these routes. This includes its LHR-YYZ flight (one of two daily), now using Air Belgium's Airbus A340-300 + cabin and crew. Enjoy!
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