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Brussels Airlines to cancel the remaining 32% of its flight schedule on February 13 due to a strike

Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-322 OO-SFV (msn 095) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 945634.

Brussels Airlines has issued this statement:

Based on additional information recently received about the likely scale of the national strike on February 13, Brussels Airlines now considers it very probable that operations at Brussels Airport will be severely impacted due to industrial action of various airport stakeholders. It has therefore decided to cancel the remaining 72 flights originally planned that same day and herewith cancels its entire program of 222 flights. The travel plans of more than 16,000 passengers are impacted.

Above Photo: Brussels Airlines.

With the proactive cancellation of its flight program of February 13, Brussels Airlines offers its guests the possibility to adapt their travel plans in advance and herewith minimizes the level of disruption and discomfort generated by the national strike as much as possible.

Passengers with a cancelled flight who don’t wish to travel anymore, can request a full refund of their ticket.

Brussels Airlines apologizes for the inconveniences that are caused by external factors entirely beyond its control.

Top Copyright Photo: Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-322 OO-SFV (msn 095) JFK (Fred Freketic). Image: 945634.

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Brussels Airlines to retire the last SuperJet SSJ100 on January 7

Wet leased from CityJet on March 25, 2017

Brussels Airlines, according to Routes Online, is retiring its leased CityJet Sukhoi SuperJet 100 operation early in January 2019.

The last flight will be be on January 7, 2019 between Billund and the Brussels hub.

CityJet’s fleet includes 25 Bombardier CRJ900 aircraft, 13 BAe RJ85 and 6 Sukhoi SSJ100 Superjets operating from bases in Amsterdam, Brussels, Copenhagen, Dublin, Helsinki, London, Paris, Stockholm, Tallinn and Vilnius.

Top Copyright Photo: Brussels Airlines (CityJet) Sukhoi Superjet 100-95B EI-FWD (msn 95105) BSL (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 937386.

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Brussels Airlines rejuvenates its Airbus A330 long-haul fleet

Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-301 OO-SFM (msn 030) ZRH (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 939584.

Brussels Airlines has made this announcement:

Together with Lufthansa, Brussels Airlines invests in the replacement of seven of its ten Airbus A330 long-haul aircraft. Already one aircraft (OO-SFN) left the airline’s fleet. It is the most substantial investment project in the 16-year long history of Brussels Airlines and the first time ever that the airline operates long-haul aircraft that are owned and not leased.

With the new long-haul aircraft, Brussels Airlines will be able to offer its customers even more comfort, with quieter, more efficient and environmentally friendlier planes. Besides new aircraft, the airline is also investing in an entirely new cabin interior for all three travel classes, providing guests an even higher on-board comfort and a best-in-class travel experience on all intercontinental flights to Africa and the North Atlantic.After a comprehensive study where Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa looked at the current and future intercontinental network of the Brussels based airline, as well as at its capacity need for both passengers and cargo and the available aircraft on the market, it was decided last year to go for A330-300 CEO series. From an economic and operational point of view, this aircraft type is the best fit for Brussels Airlines as it brings many benefits such as a significantly higher range than its current Airbus A330 fleet and a higher maximum take-off weight offering more freight capacity.

While Brussels Airlines is currently flying with different engine types, the ‘CEO’ aircraft will all be equipped with Rolls Royce Trent 700 engines. This engine type that consumes less fuel and emits less noise and CO2, is already in use at several other airlines of the Lufthansa Group. Also for the Brussels Airlines Maintenance and Engineering Department, this harmonization and standardization is of an added value as it significantly reduces the complexity.

The replacement of seven of its ten A330 aircraft is the most substantial investment made in the 16-year long history of Brussels Airlines. In addition, it’s the first time ever that the airline operates its long-haul flights with aircraft that are owned by the Lufthansa Group and not leased.

The very first Airbus A330 with tail number OO-SFN successfully left the Brussels Airlines fleet on November 13, 2018.

In December, the phase out of OO-SFM (top) is planned, followed by OO-SFO, OO-SFY, OO-SFV, OO-SFW and OO-SFU in the course of 2019 and 2020.

The first two new aircraft, OO-SFC and OO-SFB, have started their operations in June. The refleet program will gradually take place in the months to come and will be finalized by the beginning of 2020.

Top Copyright Photo: Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-301 OO-SFM (msn 030) ZRH (Paul Bannwarth). Image: 939584.

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Brussels Airlines announces its summer 2019 schedule

Brussels Airlines' salute to Belgian artist René Magritte

Brussels Airlines increases its flight frequencies to African destinations Accra, Freetown, Lomé and Monrovia to offer more flexibility and even better connecting options.

Furthermore, the airline adds flights to European leisure destinations in different regions during summer 2019. While technology becomes ever more important for the airline, a personal service on the ground remains very important to Brussels Airlines.

Brussels Airlines adds extra flights on its routes to Accra (Ghana), Freetown (Sierra Leone), Lomé (Togo) and Monrovia (Liberia), offering its guests more flexibility and even better connecting options via Brussels to the large continental and intercontinental network of the airline. On the European network, Brussels Airlines flies for the first time ever in summer to Kiev and Wroclaw. On top of that, the airline increases its frequencies to different holiday regions. Compared to the summer season last year, the airline will have more flights to Alicante, Athens, Faro, Florence, Naples, Saint Petersburg and  to the Greek islands Crete, Kos and Rhodes as well as to Lanzarote and Djerba, offering even more possibilities for leisure travel. Furthermore, during the runway works at Linate Airport, all flights to Milan between July 27 and October 27, will be shifted from Linate Airport to Malpensa Airport.

New destinations

Kiev (Ukraine): 4 x week

Wroclaw (Poland): 3 x week

Extra frequencies

Accra (Ghana) : 7 x Week

Freetown (Sierra Leone): 5 x week

Lomé (Togo): 7 x week

Monrovia (Liberia): 5 x week

Alicante: 8 x week

Athens: 6 x week

Faro: 8 x week

Florence: 8 x week

Naples: 8 x week

Saint-Petersburg: 4 x week

Heraklion (Crete): 9 x week

Kos: 4 x week

Rhodes: 5 x week

Lanzarote: 4 x week

Djerba: 3 x week

Top Copyright Photo (all others by the airline): Brussels Airlines Airbus A320-214 OO-SNC (msn 1797) (René Magritte) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 944509.

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Brussels Airlines retires an Airbus A330-300 (OO-SFN) after 25 years of service

Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-301 OO-SFN (msn 037) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 921439.

Brussels Airlines has retired its first Airbus A330-300. The pictured A330-301 OO-SFN (msn 037) departed Brussels on November 13 for storage at the Pinal Airpark, Arizona.

OO-SFN was originally delivered to Air Inter as F-GMDB on December 30, 1993, then to SABENA on July 30, 1997 as OO-SFN and later served with SN Brussels Airlines and at the end, Brussels Airlines.

At one time it carried “Music our freedom” special markings.

Copyright Photo (all other images by Brussels Airlines): Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-301 OO-SFN (msn 037) BRU (Karl Cornil). Image: 921439.

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Brussels Airlines invests further in its Africa network, drops Mumbai

Brussels Airlines continues to invest in its position on the African market, by further reinforcing its flight offer to and from the continent.

As of next year, the airline adds 3 extra flights per week to Banjul (Gambia) and will operate 3 out of the 7 weekly frequencies to Dakar (Senegal) as a direct flight, without a stop in another African airport.

At the same time, the airline ceases its operations to and from Mumbai on January 6, 2019, but continues to offer its customers smooth travel options via Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich with Lufthansa Group partners Lufthansa and Swiss.

After a network expansion of 26 short- and medium-haul destinations this summer, Brussels Airlines invests further in its African long-haul network in winter. The airline will service Banjul (The Gambia) daily instead of 4 times a week. From the 7 weekly flights to and from Dakar, 3 flights will become direct flights, without a stop in another African airport from 7 January onwards, creating more capacity on the flights on Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday.

Brussels Airlines’ Mumbai flights, which were launched in March 2017, will be stopped on January 6, 2019 for economic reasons, as the route does not deliver the anticipated results. At the same time, passengers still have ample alternative travel options via Frankfurt, Munich and Zurich thanks to Lufthansa Group airlines Lufthansa and SWISS. The Mumbai flight capacity will be used to refocus on Africa, the core intercontinental business of Brussels Airlines.

Customers who had booked flights to or from Mumbai after 6 January are being contacted by Brussels Airlines and are offered alternative travel solutions to get to their final destination.

On the short-haul network, Brussels Airlines adds two new destinations: as from October Kiev (Ukraine) will be served 4 times a week and as of February a 3-weekly service to Wroclaw (Poland) will be launched. Furthermore the airline adds additional frequencies to existing destinations this winter season, including Alicante, Billund, Bordeaux, Faro, Geneva, Lisbon, Malaga and Tel Aviv.

Brussels Airlines Airbus A320-214 OO-TCV (msn 1968) LHR (SPA). Image: 941759.

Above Copyright Photo: Brussels Airlines Airbus A320-214 OO-TCV (msn 1968) LHR (SPA). Image: 941759.

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Brussels Airlines is also making a significant investment this winter in its long-haul product and overall on board experience by gradually renewing the cabins of its ten Airbus A330 aircraft, launching a brand new Business Class, a renewed Economy Class and for the first time a Premium Economy Class in a separate cabin. The first refurbished aircraft will be ready in December.

New destinations starting in Winter 2018-2019:

  • Kiev 4x/week (as of October 2018) – all-year destination
  • Wroclaw 3x/week (as of Feb 2019) – all-year destination

Additional frequencies as from Winter Season (starting on October 29, 2018)

Short Haul

  • Alicante +1/week
  • Billund +2/week
  • Bordeaux +1/week
  • Faro +1/week
  • Geneva +1/week
  • Lisbon +1/week

Long Haul (changes effective as from January 7, 2019)

  • Banjul +3/week (daily service)
  • Dakar: remains daily service but 3 times direct

All other images by Brussels Airlines.

New setup for Eurowings Group; Eurowings and Brussels Airlines to have new roles

Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-343 OO-SFX (msn 1085) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 933802.

Eurowings Group issued this statement:

  • Brussels Airlines set to become long-haul competence center of Eurowings Group
  • Eurowings airline will be responsible for the short-haul business of the Eurowings Group
  • Eurowings Group CEO Thorsten Dirks: “New strategic setup puts us at the helm of European airline consolidation”

After first successes of joint projects, Eurowings and Brussels Airlines will take the next decisive steps in the integration process, defining each other’s roles within the Eurowings Group.

Taking the expertise and strengths of both entities into consideration, Brussels Airlines will become the long-haul competence center of the Eurowings Group, steering all long-haul activities of the entire group out of Brussels. Next to that, the airline will actively participate in the Eurowings Group pan-European growth strategy by becoming the operator for the expansion to other airport bases in the French- and Dutch-speaking part of Europe.

“The successful launch of Eurowings long-haul flights operated by Brussels Airlines out of Düsseldorf to New York, Fort Myers and Miami last April, reconfirms the long-haul expertise of the Brussels based airline,” said Eurowings Group CEO Thorsten Dirks. “In only five months Eurowings and Brussels Airlines have managed to set up a long-haul base at Düsseldorf, strengthening the group in one of its key German airports,” he added.

In parallel, Eurowings – focusing on European point-to-point traffic – will steer the entire short-haul portfolio of the Eurowings Group from Cologne.

Dirks: “Joining forces with Brussels Airlines will not only strengthen our position as the #3 low-cost carrier in Europe but also spur further Eurowings Group growth in the future”, specifies Thorsten Dirks.

Both airlines will continue to operate long-haul and short-haul flights out of their respective bases Brussels, Cologne, Düsseldorf and Vienna.

This also means that even though two competence centers are being created at Brussels and Cologne, there will remain functions for both long-haul and short-haul operations at both locations. Implementation of the new setup is planned for 2019. Eurowings Group already operates from more than 20 European bases today.

“Brussels Airlines is recognized for its expertise and for the value it adds to the Eurowings Group. We will continue building on our assets to become an even more important player within the group, while remaining Belgium’s strong home carrier and continuing to focus on our guests,” adds Christina Foerster, CEO of Brussels Airlines.

Eurowings Group CEO Thorsten Dirks is confident that this new teamwork structure under the umbrella of Eurowings Group is the right strategic step to meet future challenges. “The scattered European aviation landscape is beginning to consolidate – the new structure of Eurowings Group will make it possible for us to be at the helm of this development.”

Top Copyright Photo: Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-343 OO-SFX (msn 1085) IAD (Brian McDonough). Image: 933802.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Eurowings Airbus A320-214 WL D-AEWF (msn 7087) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 942712.

Eurowings Airbus A320-214 WL D-AEWF (msn 7087) PMI (Ton Jochems). Image: 942712.