Lufthansa completes take over of Brussels Airlines

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Lufthansa completes take over of Brussels Airlines

From 2018, Brussels Airlines will join Lufthansa’s Eurowings Group.

From 2018 Brussels Airlines will become part of Lufthansa’s Eurowings Group.

At a press conference today, Carsten Spohr, Chairman of the Board and CEO of the Deutsche Lufthansa AG said that after the acquisition, Brussels Airlines will operate its 23 long-haul destinations as well as 79 destinations in Europe under the umbrella of the Eurowings Group.

The brand Brussels Airlines will “over time” have “member of the Eurowings Group” added to it.

Brussels Airlines’ current fleet harmonization towards an Airbus A320 family fleet for the European network will be continued. With its fleet of 42 short- and medium-haul aircraft, including two in wetlease, and nine A330 long-haul aircraft, Brussels Airlines has significantly increased its passenger numbers. Between 2013 and 2015, this number has increased by 30% to a total of 7.5 million passengers. Medium-term investments are planned to further improve the fleet efficiency and increase the capacity on the short- and long-haul networks.

Viscount Etienne Davignon, Chairman of the Board of SN Airholding

“Over the past eight years, our collaboration with Lufthansa has proven its potential to create perspectives and safeguard jobs. More than ever, consolidation in the aviation business is key. Joining the Lufthansa Group allows us to further increase our synergies, while keeping our specificities. Operating under the umbrella of Lufthansa will help us to further strengthen our competitiveness within a tough market environment and develop our long-haul and short-haul operations. Furthermore, the Lufthansa Group power enables us to expand our Africa-reach, by positioning Brussels as the Sub-Saharan Africa Hub of the Lufthansa Group.”

At present, Brussels Airlines has more than 3.500 employees and 49 aircraft operating some 300 flights daily, connecting Brussels to over 90 premium European and African destinations and New York JFK, Washington D.C. and Toronto. As from March 2017 the airline will operate 5 weekly flights to Mumbai, India.

On long haul flights, the airline operates an all new Business Class with full flatbeds and a brand new Economy class with ergonomic seats and individual inflight entertainment touchscreens. Long-haul flights are operated with Airbus A330-200 and A330-300 aircraft.

On its European routes Brussels Airlines offers the choice between Bizz&Class, Flex&Fast, Light&Relax and Check&Go.

In addition to its 23 destinations in Africa and North America, Brussels Airlines and its intercontinental partners also offer long-haul codeshare flights to the United Arab Emirates, Japan and Thailand.

Brussels Airlines was founded in 2002 and is owned by SN Airholding.

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Brussels Airlines to launch Armenia service

Brussels Airlines A320

Brussels Airlines will operate flights to Armenia from March 31st next year.

The new route will be served by an Airbus A320, flying from Brussells airport to the capital city, Yerevan once a week, with an additional flight in July and August.

Between December and March, Brussels Airlines will operate several charter flights between Brussels to Yerevan in partnership with Belgian-Armenian tour operator Armwings.

The flights will depart from Brussels sirport in the evening on Friday, with the additional summer service departing on Tuesday. The return flight will leave Yerevan’s Zvartnots airport on Saturday morning, with the summer service departing on Wednesday.

Schedule (Local times)

Flight n°FromToDepartureArrivalDays of the week
SN2899BrusselsYerevan21:2503:55Friday (all year)
SN2899BrusselsYerevan21:2503:55Tuesday (Jul/Aug)
SN2900YerevanBrussels04:4507:45Saturday (all year)
SN2900YerevanBrussels04:4507:45Wednesday (Jul/Aug)

The schedule will allow connections to other Brussels Airlines destinations in France, Switzerland, Germany, Poland, Scandinavia, Spain, Italy and UK. Connection to the US and Canada can be made in the morning. Bookings can be made from mid October.

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Brussels Airlines to start direct flights to Mumbai

Brussels Airlines A330

Starting March 6, 2017, Brussels Airlines will fly five times a week between Brussels Airport and Mumbai Airport. This is the first time it will fly to India.

Further, the airline will also mark the first direct flight between the two airports.

Jet Airways flies the route too (six times a week), but on codeshare with KLM and Etihad Airlines.

Until March 25, 2017, Brussels Airlines flight SN601 will depart Brussels at 1020 and arrive in Mumbai at 2325 on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

Return flight SN602 will leave Mumbai at 0140 and land in Brussels at 0700 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

After March 25, 2017, flight days will remain the same, but the timings will change:
Flight SN601 will depart Brussels at 1050 and arrive in Mumbai at 2305.
Flight SN602 will depart Mumbai at 0105 and arrive in Mumbai at 0715.

Tickets are available for purchase on the Brussels Airlines website. Return tickets are available from €399/₹29,951 inclusive of taxes; from June 29-July 31, 2017, they will cost €553/₹41,492.

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Starting March 6, 2017, Brussels Airlines will fly five times a week between Brussels Airport and Mumbai Airport. This is the first time it will fly to India.

Further, the airline will also mark the first direct flight between the two airports.

Jet Airways flies the route too (six times a week), but on codeshare with KLM and Etihad Airlines.

Until March 25, 2017, Brussels Airlines flight SN601 will depart Brussels at 1020 and arrive in Mumbai at 2325 on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday.

Return flight SN602 will leave Mumbai at 0140 and land in Brussels at 0700 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

After March 25, 2017, flight days will remain the same, but the timings will change:
Flight SN601 will depart Brussels at 1050 and arrive in Mumbai at 2305.
Flight SN602 will depart Mumbai at 0105 and arrive in Mumbai at 0715.

Tickets are available for purchase on the Brussels Airlines website. Return tickets are available from €399/₹29,951 inclusive of taxes; from June 29-July 31, 2017, they will cost €553/₹41,492.

brusselsairlines.com

Brussels Airlines to launch Mumbai route

Brussels Airlines A330

Brussels Airlines is to launch a new route between Belgium and Mumbai from March next year.

The five times weekly service will be served by an Airbus A330 aircraft configured with Economy, Economy Privilege and Business class cabins.

Schedules for the new route will be announced in September, when tickets go on sale.

The move follows Jet Airways’ decision to axe its Brussels hub in favour of Amsterdam earlier this year.

Commenting on news Lars Redeligx, Brussels Airlines’ chief commercial officer said:

“The demand for direct flights for passengers as well as for cargo is high. With more than 50,000 passengers per year, Mumbai is the third most important intercontinental destination from Belgium.

“Furthermore, with this new route we can offer our guests smooth connections between Mumbai and the rest of Europe via Brussels.”

The carrier also said that “Thanks to a collaboration with Star Alliance partner Air India, Brussels Airlines passengers can connect seamlessly on domestic flights to other Indian cities and regions”.

Brussels Airlines announced its new Economy Privilege offering in June, although at the time it was being referred to as Economy Plus.

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Bmi Regional expands codeshare with Brussels Airlines

Bmi Regional

Bmi Regional has expanded its codeshare agreement with Brussels Airlines, adding to existing codeshare routes from East Midlands and Newcastle to Brussels.

The new deal sees Bmi Regional’s code being places on Brussels Airlines routes to the Belgian capital from:

  • Heathrow (three daily flights)
  • Manchester (four daily flights)
  • Birmingham (four daily flights)
  • Bristol (three daily flights)
  • Edinburgh (three daily flights)
  • Belfast (daily service)
  • Nantes (twice daily flights)

Bmi Regional recently launched for new routes from Munich airport, including flights to Southampton.

The carrier has also revamped its fare structure, with three choices each offering different levels of benefits.

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Thai Airways expands codeshare partnership with fellow Star Alliance members

Thai Airways A350

Thai Airways has started codesharing with several of its Star Alliance members on new routes.

According to airlineroute.net, the flag carrier of Thailand has begun placing its TG marketing code on Asiana Airlines’ flights between Busan and Jeju, as well as those between Seoul Incheon and Jeju.

Thai Airways is also partnering with Brussels Airlines on its services from Brussels to both Toronto and Washington Dulles. This partnership is particularly noteworthy as it provides the Thai carrier with a new connection entryway into North America – a market it does not currently serve.

The growing importance of the North American market is emphasized further by the expansion of Thai Airways’ codeshare partnership with All Nippon Airways. With effect from October 30, Thai will start codesharing on ANA’s Tokyo Haneda–Chicago O’Hare and Tokyo Haneda–New York JFK services.

With the FAA having downgraded Thailand’s aviation rating from Category 1 to Category 2 last year, Thai-based carriers are not allowed to establish new services to the US.

For more information, visit thaiairways.com

Clement Huang