OO-SFY is an Airbus A330-200 that started life in the fleet of Swissair. Now with Brussels Airlines, the largest airline in Belgium, the A332 had a bit of a problem in 2013 with an engine. More on that below. We photographed this airliner on October 7, 2017 while plane spotting at Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ).
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OO-SFY Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-200 Image Gallery
OO-SFY took its first flight on August 10, 1998 and was delivered to Swissair on September 4, 1998 as HB-IQA. The Airbus A330-200 was then transferred to Swiss International Airlines on March 31, 2002 and named Lauteraarhorn. On October 7, 2011, the A332 was delivered to Brussels Airlines. The airliner is configured for a maximum total of 272 passengers with 22 seats in business class and 250 more in economy class. This is one of four A332 models in the fleet with two to be phased out in the near future.
On December 14, 2009, while flying for Swiss and registered as HB-IQA, the Airbus A330 was performing a flight from Zurich, Switzerland to Montreal, Quebec, Canada. About an hour out of Montreal, a passenger suffered symptoms of a stroke. A doctor was on board and provided aid.
After arrival at the gate, the passengers, including the doctor, disembarked before emergency crews were able to get on the airplane to attend to the patient. The passenger was taken to hospital and it was reported he had a severe stroke.
With Brussels Airlines on May 12, 2013, OO-SFY was flying from Entebbe, Uganda to Brussels, Belgium. 20 minutes into the flight, the right hand engine started a series of bangs and streaks of flame. The engine was shut down and the aircraft returned safely to Entebbe 40 minutes after departure. The engine was replaced.
The shorter variant of the Airbus A330 family, the Airbus A330-200 is 59 metres or 193 feet in length, 16 feet shorter than the original Airbus A330-300 variant. The aircraft has a wingspan of 60 metres or 198 feet, a shared measurement with the A333. At the tail, the A332 stands 17 metres or 57 feet in height. The flight range is 13,450 kilometres, around 1,500 KM more than the -300 model. The first A332 entered service with Korean Air in 1998.
Brussels Airlines was founded in 2006 and commenced operations in March, 2007 following the merger between SN Brussels Airlines and Virgin Express. The airline is a member of the Star Alliance and is under the Lufthansa Group ownership.
Headquartered in Diegem, Machelen, Belgium, Brussels Airlines has a fleet of 45 aircraft flying to 96 destinations around the world. After their two Avro RJ100 airliners are phased out by the end of 2017, the airline’s fleet will be completely made up of Airbus product. The largest is the A330-300 while the smallest is the Airbus A319-100.