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Air Belgium to operate one of British Airways Newark flights as BA struggles for aircraft

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Air Belgium, which has been operating some Dubai and Abu Dhabi flights for British Airways in recent months, has got a more high profile contract.

From 1st April to 8th June, BA184/185 from London Heathrow to Newark will be operated by Air Belgium.  

This is two class plane.  First Class passengers who accept a downgrade to Business Class will get back the fare difference but retain access to The Concorde Room at Heathrow and receive First Class Avios and tier points.

World Traveller Plus passengers can either have an upgrade to Business Class (free) or accept a downgrade to Economy, receive the fare difference and be guaranteed World Traveller Plus Avios and tier points.

All passengers, even Economy, can request to switch to the 2nd daily Newark service which remains BA-operated.

The Air Belgium aircraft is an ex-Finnair plane, see above, and arguably has a better seat than British Airways Club World although it is reportedly a little worn.

This is another knock-on from BA’s Boeing 787-9 engine issues which have taken a number of long-haul aircraft out of service.

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