OO-SFN is an Airbus A330-300 belonging to Belgium’s top airline, Brussels Airlines. This aircraft was photographed on July 20, 2017 while plane spotting at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ) in Mississauga, Ontario.
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OO-SFN Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-300 Image Gallery
OO-SFN made its first flight on October 20, 1993 and was delivered to Air Inter on December 30, 1993 as F-GMDB. Air Inter commenced operations in 1958 and merged with Air France on April 1, 1997. Air France didn’t want the airplane and it was delivered to Sabena on July 30, 1997, taking on its current registration number. Sabena was founded in 1923 and ceased operations on November 7, 2001 after claiming bankruptcy and being acquired by SN Brussels.
Starting April 19, 2002, OO-SFN was flown for SN Brussels by Birdy Airlines. Birdy was founded in 2002 and ceased operations just two years later. The airline had a fleet of just three Airbus A330-300 and performed flights exclusively for SN Brussels until merging with the larger airline. SN Brussels was founded in 2002 and ceased in 2006 after merging with Virgin Express to form Brussels Airlines.
On March 25, 2007, this airliner was transferred to the Brussels Airlines fleet. The airplane is configured for a maximum total of 288 passengers with 30 seats in business class, 39 more in economy privilege and 219 more in economy class. This is one of six Airbus A330-300 models in the fleet.
On April 27, 2014, four passengers and four cabin crew received minor injuries when the airplane experienced severe clear air turbulence while flying from Brussels, Belgium to Luanda, Angola. The flight continued and OO-SFN landed safely in Luanda. However, after landing it was revealed that was damage to the nose cone.
Later that year, on December 19, 2014, OO-SFN was flying from Brussels to Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso when there was a loss of one of the three hydraulic systems over Toulouse, France. An emergency was not declared but it was decided to return to Brussels. The aircraft entered a holding pattern for 1.5 hours in order to burn off fuel for landing. After 4.5 hours, the Airbus A330-300 was back at its point of departure.
The initial variant of the A330 family, with the shorter A330-200 coming after. The first Airbus A330-300 made its first flight in November, 1992 and was introduced with Air Inter in January, 1994. This makes me wonder if OO-SFN may be this first Airbus A330-300 to enter service.
The aircraft is 64 metres or 209 feet in length with a wingspan of 60 metres or 198 feet. At the tail, the airplane stands 17 metres or 55 feet in height. The flight range for this airliner is 11,750 kilometres.
Founded in November, 2006 after the merger of SN Brussels and Virgin Express, Brussels Airlines commenced operations in March, 2007. The airline is a member of the Star Alliance and is owned by the Lufthansa Group. Brussels Airlines is headquartered in Diegem, Machelen, Belgium and has a fleet of 46 aircraft (all Airbus models) flying to 96 destinations.