|"Brussels Airlines" take-off|
On November 7th, 2006 the result of the alliance between SN Brussels Airlines and Virgin Express was born: “Brussels Airlines” a new generation airline.
Finally on 25 March 2007 the first flight under the new brand name took place.
OO-VBR “SN3813” a Boeing B.737-4Y0 departed to Lisbon (Portugal), in command was Captain A. Duvivier and co-pilot Y. De Muylder together with 4 cabin-crew. Around 13H40 (local time) “SN3814” with 151 passengers on board landed back at Brussels Airport. For this inaugural flight the aircraft was baptised by the fire brigade, while passengers and crew were welcomed by the CEO of the airport Mr W. Van Assche, and Mr P. Vander Putten, CEO of Brussels Airlines.
Since 2005 both company’s were placed within the single ownership group SN Airholding. Already in 2006 the shareholders and board of directors decided to form one single airline. The new product line-up is the result of an extensive survey of over 5000 passengers, whose comments strongly indicated the need for a transparent one-way economy fare structure based on cost saving and excellent service.
Accordingly to the new motto “flying your way”, Brussels Airlines is now offering 2 rates: flexible with b.flex, customers' choice as how they fly, or guaranteed low cost with b.light, to where they fly, valid to over 50 European destinations and a further 13 African destinations.
Brussels Airlines will operate some 49 aircraft of 4 major types to destinations throughout Europe and Africa.
Destinations in Europe:
Avro RJ85 (14x) 82 seats
Avro RJ100 (12x) 97 seats
BAe 146 (6x) 84 seats
Boeing B.737-300 and 737-400 (10x) 142 and 164 seats
Destinations in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa:
Airbus A319 (3x) 132 seats
Airbus A.330-300 (4x) 264 seats
See also BAHA news item of 25 March 2007
More info can be found at the website: http://www.brusselsairlines.com
DIRK A. GEERTS (March 2007)
Last updated 02/04/07 10:50 Daniel Brackx