Between April 1 and June 8 British Airways will subcontract one of its New York services to Air Belgium.

The move is to allow for continuing precautionary inspections to be carried out on the Rolls-Royce Trent 1000 engines on some of BA’s Boeing 787-9 aircraft.

The flight in question is one of BA’s daily  services operating between London Heathrow and New  York (Newark).

Flight details with Air Belgium’s A340 are already displayed on

Outbound service is BA185 departing Heathrow at 1050 and arriving into Newark at 1340.

Return service is BA184 departing Newark at 1805 and arriving into Heathrow the following morning at 0615.

BA has posted some information about Air Belgium on its website.

The main point to bear in mind is that Air Belgium’s A340 is configured two-class. There is no first class and no premium economy cabin. Economy class tariffs do however have a more economical HBO (hand baggage only) option.

More travellers will get to experience the Air Belgium product now that it is being used on a more popular long-haul route.

Until now BA has been using Air Belgium for flights linking London with Abu Dhabi, Cairo and Dubai.

Air Belgium was initially intended to operate its own flights between Brussels (Charleroi) and Hong Kong but the service lasted only a few months probably because of competition from carriers operating out of the main Brussels airport.

Since then the airline has been operating services for other carriers such as BA and Air France.

More information on the airline’s business class product are detailed in one of our previous reports when Air Belgium launched its Hong Kong route.