Cuddly toys found at the airport
Nothing more heartbreaking than a lonely little cuddly toy abandoned in a big and busy airport. Luckily, people notice them and bring them to the airport’s Lost & Found service. Many of them found their way home throughout the year. Except the little darlings on these pictures. We really, really would like these little friends to be home with their family for Christmas, so please help us spread the word and let us know if any of these is your missing cuddly toy. You can reach out to us by sending us a photo of your child(ren) with this lost cuddly toy + date you lost it via Twitter, Facebook, or via the Lost & Found form on our website.
Throughout the year, a total of about 13,000 items were lost at the airport. That’s a stunning number. Some of these items are quite valuable: wallets, smartphones, laptops, jewelry. Our colleagues Alain, Christel, Georges, Gunter, Marc and Rudi at Lost & Found make it their daily business to try to locate as many rightful owners as possible and send them back home. Last year, over 3000 passengers were happy to retrieve their lost items here at the airport, or received them via mail at their home in Aalborg, Zurich and the whole alphabet of places in between.
Cuddly toys found at the airport
It’s Dreamweek time!
As plane enthousiasts (often digitally referred to as #avgeeks), we’ve been looking forward to this week a very long time. And there’s only one reason for that: a Boeing B787 Dreamliner invasion.
A month ago, Qatar Airways announced to schedule a Dreamliner B787 on its Brussels-Doha route as of 1st of December. We welcomed the first one on Sunday and we now enjoy to see it taxy by every day. Great!
But that’s not all. Earlier today, Jetairfly’s Dreamliner B787 arrived at Brussels Airport, bright and shiny straight from the Boeing factory in Seattle. This is not only the arrival of the first B787 for a Belgian airline; it is also the first brand new wide body plane any Belgian airline has bought in more than 10 years.
Back in September 2012, Ethiopian was the first to show the Dreamliner at our Brussels Airport. Only a few weeks later, we saw the new 787 of LOT who came to visit on several days. More than one year later, the Dreamliner is enrolled in normal scheduled operations at Brussels Airport.
Even before JetairFly has landed its new bird, some start to speculate which airline will bring the next one. No crystal ball is needed to predict scheduled flights by Ethiopian, but other regular users of Brussels Airport also start to receive Dreamliners into their fleet: United Airlines, Hainan, then also Air Canada.
And then comes the next big question: who will be the first airline to show an Airbus 350 at our airport and who will be the first to schedule one in regular services? Aaaah… never a dull moment at Brussels Airport !
Joachim from Ghent is about to check in for his flight(s) to Australia. His flight itinerary includes stops in Amsterdam and Malaysia, to finally land in Brisbane, a mere 28 hours later. His friends and family will have to miss him a year and a half. The first few months, he’ll be travelling the country with his friends Emma and Sofie, who are already awaiting him in Brisbane. Even so, this brave young man is not only seeking thrills and adventure: he intends to work as well. 18 months in Australia: it sure gives him enough time to explore the continent of Uluru rock, kangaroos and surf (to stick with the clichés). We wish him all the best on his epic endeavours!
Did you know Brussels Airport was Europe’s second A-CDM qualified airport? A-CDM stands for Airport Collaborative Desicion Making and is all about sharing airport data.
Our colleague and CDM expert Kris explains you all about CDM. He’s been involved in A-CDM since the conceptual phase of the project in 2005 and has a thorough operational knowledge of the aircraft turn-around process, A-CDM procedures and requirements, along with an extended network of collaborative decision making professionals.
A Guide to Why Sharing Airport Data Makes Sense
Imagine yourself sitting at the gate, waiting to embark. You’re early, and you see the aircraft arriving at the stand. It barely came to halt when different rolling stock and teams aim for the aircraft doors, almost in perfect unison. Almost, because those different vehicles and teams often belong to different aircraft handling companies and most of the time, airport players operate in ‘perfect isolation’, not necessarily taking the needs or restraints of the other into consideration.
Let’s zoom out a bit: turnaround activities of your flight have finished, but caught a delay earlier on due to a baggage conveyor of ground handler A with a flat tire, which blocked the catering truck of ground handler B. The departure time is restricted by Eurocontrol’s Network Manager due to air traffic congestion, but the aircraft won’t make the allocated ‘slot’. The airline was advised of this delay by handler A, but cannot make a correct estimation of the problem and counts on local Air Traffic Control instances to still be able to clear the aircraft for pushback. Only, the tower controller doesn’t know of any delay from handler A or B, and has no means to advise the Network Manager (formerly known as CFMU) that your aircraft will not be airborne as planned…
“No member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of its rowing” R.W. Emerson
Apart from frustrated handling teams, a stressed out airline which is faced with an unforeseen delay, and you, nail biting in your seat and wondering why it’s always taking so long at this bloody airport, your aircraft blocks air space capacity at the time it was expected to be airborne, and puts a strain on air traffic flow and capacity management.
By the turn of the century, air traffic growth predictions skyrocketed, and both air traffic service providers and airports saw themselves faced with future capacity issues. Add to this the fact that in the early 1990s, about one fifth of all airborne take-off slots in Europe went to waste, partly as a result of -involuntary- cases of ‘rugged individuality’ by airport stakeholders. Jokingly, air traffic control considered airports to be black holes, in which aircraft disappeared after landing, without ever knowing when they would emerge again.
Time to start acting…
Already in the late 1990s, European decision makers started looking at an American decision making initiative called CDM, later renamed as Surface CDM, which was first rolled out at San Francisco International Airport in 1998.
The concept was mainly focused on en route capacity restrictions and bad weather situations, less on turn-around operations. Nevertheless, the concept of making collaborative decisions to enhance operational predictability was withheld in the ATM Strategy 2000+, in which future European air transport needs were outlined. It was then further elaborated by Eurocontrol and developed into what we now call A-CDM, or Airport Collaborative Decision Making.
‘The Network Dimension’
We’ve come a long way, and meanwhile, A-CDM characteristics were written down in Community Specifications by European standardization bureau ETSI, as mandated by the European Commission. The content is based on 3 EUROCAE (European Organisation for Civil Aviation Equipment) documents, which list the minimum technical specifications, interface specifications and validation guidelines to make your airport A-CDM. In turn, this documentation, together with a detailed description of the operational concept, refers to the content of the A-CDM Functional Requirements Document and, last but not least, the Implementation Manual; the ‘Holy Bible’ which you’ll find on the bedside table of all of us into A-CDM (well, most of us…).
Requirements, guidelines, specifications, manuals… this must be Europe! And indeed, the ‘network dimension’ makes us different from other airport collaboration initiatives across the globe. Not only do we exchange data between the local stakeholders at our airports -which is already challenging- we are also invited to share our decisions with the Eurocontrol Network Manager.
Needless to say sharing airport data proves to be a challenge, but a rewarding one. No “rugged individuality” for Kris and his Data Management colleagues. They know it pays off to row as a team.
This article was originally published on http://dcdesigntech.com/new-airport-insider/
We’re a bit late with this story, but last Friday 18 cycling enthusiasts from the region of Poperinge gathered in the departures hall- with their bikes packed and secured for travel- to fly to Turkey. Former mountainbike champion Filip Meirhaeghe is even travelling along, so the chances of this vacation resulting in a lazy and laidback holiday, are minimal.
Heavy wind gusts and rain: autumn at it’s best. The impact of the winds was not as bad as predicted and had little influence on flight schedules. But for spotters it certainly offered dramatic skies over the airport today.
A bunch of new routes were announced the last few days. As of the summer season 2014, Brussels Airport will have new direct connections with Newcastle (bmi regional), Charlotte (US Airways) and Naples (easyJet). As if that wasn’t enough, easyJet announced another new destination from Brussels Airport today: Bordeaux. We thought we’d let you know, just in case you were still on the lookout for your next citytrip.
Dreamliner goes BRU
When a brand new aircraft is there in the market, early users are proud to show it at the many airports they visit. Several dreamliners have visited Brussels Airport before. Ethiopian was the first, bringing its boeing 787 to Brussels Airport a few times already. Then came the polish airline LOT with several visits.
Now we’re getting into a new stage, with real scheduled operations. As from December 1st, Dreamliners will replace the Airbus330 that is currently used for the daily flights of Qatar Airways between Brussels Airport and Doha. That makes Qatar the first airline to use it on scheduled services.
At the end of November, the Belgian Airline Jetairfly welcomes its own B787 to its fleet. It is the first Dreamliner to be based at our airport and to call Brussels Airport its home. At the end of December, it will start flying on several long haul routes to the Caribbean.
Not only the Dreamliner will become a regular user of our runways and aprons, it will also enjoy specialized 787 maintenance at Brussels Airport. Expect more news on that next week.
Some claim that it’s difficult to mobilize the younger generation for charity work or helping others. That is not what we saw here today. Enter Lamia: she’s a student at the local school of Zaventem and she agreed to work with us for a day and donate her salary for Zuiddag, a project with young people in Peru.
Here’s her own story :
"Zuiddag is een VZW die ieder jaar geld inzamelt voor een goed doel. Dit jaar gaat de opbrengst naar het project dat zich inzet voor jongeren in Peru die hun passie voor koffie willen volgen. Voor dit nobele doel zal ik, samen met 10 000 andere scholieren, een dag werken en mijn loon integraal doorstorten naar Zuiddag.
Ik heb gekozen voor een job bij Brussels Airport company bij de afdeling corporate communication. Ik koos voor de luchthaven vanwege de talrijke jobaanbiedingen die mij interesseren. Het is ook een hele leuke dag geworden hier bij Brussels Airport Company. Ik heb heel veel bijgeleerd en de mensen hebben me zoveel mogelijk bij hun projecten betrokken. Ik vind het vooral tof omdat ik weet dat mijn inspanning ten goede komt van jongeren in Peru. Het is een originele en prettige manier om de derde wereld te helpen.”
Tomorrow Saturday, part of the airport terminal will be turned into a movie theatre for the official launch of the new Disney movie “Planes” in Dutch, French and English versions. What better place to do this?!
For the event, a large area of the tax free area mezzanine level in Pier B is going through big changes. Part of the so-called Gallery Of Light will be completely darkened and reshaped into a movie theatre. Winners of our Facebook Planes competition, mostly families with young children, will be the first to see the movie and then take to the sky on a special flight with Jetairfly.
Direct train to/from Holland
Belgian and Dutch railway operators NMBS and NS have announced their intention to operate 16 direct daily train connections between Brussels Airport and the Dutch cities of Breda, Rotterdam and The Hague. The new Benelux-Plus connection will provide passengers from Holland with an efficient mode of transportation to reach Brussels Airport. Last year, 300.000 Dutch passengers crossed the border to fly from brusselsairport. Most of them come by car: The convenient direct train service will be a big help to make them choose public transportation.
Ellen, Joke, Tine and Laurens are taking off to Hanoi with Qatar today. At the airport, Laurens bumped into his friends Goris and Liesbeth, who are flying to South Africa. As if that wasn’t coincidence enough, they even take the same flight from BRU, to transfer in Doha. The Asia travellers are eager to discover amazing sights such as Halong Bay and Tam Coc, Hue and Na Hoi. They’ll travel Laos as well, but first things first, together with the Africa travellers they will enjoy a relaxing drink on the plane!
Happy birthday Air Transat !
This morning, this Airbus 330 rolled in from the fog while we looked out. We get our fair share of A330’s at Brussels Airport: over a dozen every single day. Unbeknownst to our photographer, this one was special. To celebrate the 20th anniversary of their flights between Brussels and Montreal, Air Transat flew in a brand new aircraft from Canada. In fact it was so new we could actually smell the fresh paint of its livery. And the awesome smell of a new interior upholstery, like the one you remember when your car was just new. The ambassador and several political and diplomatic guests were on board to celebrate the occasion in Brussels. The fire department was all prepared to do a water salute, but this was cancelled at the last minute due to the fog. Lesson learned: thick fog may have an impact on water salutes, it does not stop modern aircraft from flying you to the other side of the world safely.
Works on Connector are going well. This fantastic picture (helicopter view) gives a clear view on the construction site. Before you know it, the skeleton will be completed (well, we expect that to be at the end of 2013).
Did you know Connector:
- will be 200m long?
- will have 25 screening lanes?
- has to bridge an existing height/level difference of 2,7 m between Terminal (building right on the picture) and Topaz (building on the picture left)?
- will have 3 floors? These will be apron level and 2 other floors.
Antonov 124 at Brussels Airport
Today the Antonov 124 visited Brussels Airport. It has been over 2 years since an Antonov was last seen at Brussels Airport, so today was a lucky day. The AN124 is one of the world’s biggest cargo planes with a length of 68.96 meter. All over the world, only a few of these planes are in service.
The AN124 is mostly used for extraordinary cargo transport, because it can be loaded from the front as well as from the back and, what is more, you don’t need a special loading device for that. Therefore, the most improbable cargo has been transported with an Antonov. For example, in September 2001, an AN124 transported a 109-tonne train locomotive from Canada to Ireland. The plane is also frequently used as an air bridge in case of natural disasters, because it can be used on rough terrain.