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Air Belgium and Fly UK Announce Strategic New Codeshare Agreement

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Air Belgium and Fly UK Virtual Airways have today announced a strategic new codeshare agreement.

The agreement will see Fly UK initially add to its route network, up to 10 Air Belgium flights all of which will depart Brussels. Onward Air Belgium destinations will include Cairo, Tallinn, Llublijana and Damascus. Air Belgiun will add up to 31 Fly UK flights to its network including many long haul destinations such as St. Lucia, Grenada, Bridgetown and Tobago.

By initiating this codeshare agreement, pilots of both airlines will benefit as they will have an increased flight and aircraft type choice.

Danny Stes, CEO of Air Belgium comments "I'm very pleased to be able to start a partnership with a very successful and professional company like Fly UK and I sincerely hope that it will benefit both our companies in the future".

For Fly UK, this agreement is an important part of the major operational overhaul currently on going at the airline. The CEO of Fly UK, Chris Sutcliffe, comments "Our main aim for the first quarter in 2007 is to drastically improve our operations to become much more realistic; we have been some what 'lagging' behind other VA's in our operational realism, however the hard work of our staff, careful research and planning of our new operations should hopefully resolve this. The new codeshare agreement with Air Belgium will also play a contributing factor in achieving our aims for the first quarter of 2007. We are very excited about this new mutually beneficial partnership and are looking to establish further relations with more airlines throughout the year."

It is anticipated, the codeshare will become operational within the next 2 - 3 weeks; this will coincide with the launch of Fly UK's overhauled operational flight network.

This overhaul in operations at Fly UK has led to many changes including operating flights on specific days, using aircraft allocated by type and registration for each route which are being added to the timetable systems. Improved flight searches and an upgraded flight centre will also be launched. Flight timings, frequencies and destinations of real world airlines have also been researched to aid in creating the new route network. The current operational bases will remain the same, yet there will be some aircraft type changes in the fleet as well as more realistic situations such as aircraft leases and codeshare agreements.

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For more information on Fly UK and Air Belgium:

Air Belgium
Website: http://www.flyabb.com

Fly UK Virtual Airways
Website: http://www.flyukva.com
Contact: chris.sutcliffe@flyukva.com
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