Brussels Airlines' future hangs in the balance

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  • Alex McWhirter

    Lufthansa is not making many friends in Belgium.

    It wants to replace Brussels Airlines with Eurowings but that decision is meeting opposition from many companies.

    And neither are the trade unions happy.

    Brussels Airlines unions: “We are ready to fight for the survival of the Brussels Airlines brand!”


    The courts blamed Swissair for the failure of Sabena. It had nothing to do of course, with the fact the pilots went on strike just after 9/11 and they were bleeding ten of millions every day due to mismanagement and inefficiency! Swissair could do nothing as it had the minority stake.

    Same now with Brussels Airlines. They need a bit of German discipline to get things in order!


    I’ve only flown with Brussels Airlines once, and I won’t bore with the details, but suffice to say that I fervently hope never to have to fly with them again. In fact if I never have to go to Brussels Airport again that’s too soon.

    German discipline would be good.

    Alex McWhirter

    Just been announced that Lufthansa has now dismissed Brussels Airlines’ CEO and CFO.

    Further developments are awaited.

    [Live updates] SN Airholding Board meeting in Frankfurt: Christina Förster replaces Bernard Gustin at the helm of Brussels Airlines

    Tom Otley

    New leadership structure at Brussels Airlines
    Eurowings and Brussels Airlines shaping the European airline industry together. Brussels Airlines will remain a Belgian entity and Belgium’s home carrier and will continue to grow
    Monday, February 5, 2018

    Christina Foerster appointed Chief Executive Officer effective April 1st
    Thibault Demoulin appointed Chief Operating Officer of Brussels Airlines as of April 1st.
    Two new members of the Management Board will be appointed shortly
    Lufthansa Group Executive Board member and CEO of Eurowings, Thorsten Dirks: “Brussels Airlines will continue to grow – the professionalism, expertise and passion of the Brussels Airlines staff are a vital part on our joint path to success.”
    Following the appointment of the new leadership team, Bernard Gustin, present CEO of Brussels Airlines and Jan De Raeymaeker, CFO of the Belgian airline, will support the transition and will leave by March 31st.
    Thorsten Dirks: “Bernard Gustin and Jan De Raeymaeker have made significant contributions to Brussels Airlines, leading the company successfully through growth and turbulent times – thanks to them Brussels Airlines is Belgium’s number one carrier today


    thanks to them Brussels Airlines is Belgium’s number one carrier today

    Not exactly an Olympian achievement.

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