4th long haul aircraft for Brussels Airlines

Today a 49th aircraft will be added to the Brussels Airlines fleet. This fleet expansion enables employment for 70 additional people and allows Brussels Airlines to reinforce its long haul offer as from autumn 2007.

The Airbus 330-300 – a so-called ‘wide body long haul aircraft’ - has been given after yesterday’s test flight with the Belgian Civil Aviation Authority the immatriculation OO-SFW (‘Sierra Fox Whisky’), thereby officially joining the Brussels Airlines fleet. 

The aircraft will be used throughout the summer on an ad-hoc basis on the European network, flying Brussels Airlines passengers to Athens, Malaga and Faro on busy days. 

Apart from this ad-hoc use, the aircraft will also serve as backup for the three other Airbus 330 aircraft used by Brussels Airlines to serve its African destinations. 

All summer long, it will be let on the charter market to operate flights for tour operators or for other airlines. 

In the autumn of this year the passenger cabin will be upgraded to the Brussels Airlines long haul inflight standards (‘Flat Bed’ chairs in Business Class, inflight entertainment system, catering equipment, …). Henceforward the ‘Sierra Fox Whisky’ will be fully deployed on the long haul flight offer of Brussels Airlines. More information will be given in due time. 

Because of this fleet expansion, Brussels Airlines will be hiring and training in the course of the coming months about 70 people, mostly cabin crew and pilots.

Today’s Brussels Airlines fleet consists of 4 Airbus 330-300 aircraft, 3 Airbus A 319, 10 Boeing 737 and 32 AVRO RJ/BAe aircraft.

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About Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines is the home carrier of Belgium and one of the four network airlines of the Lufthansa Group. It connects the European capital from Brussels Airport with over 85 destinations, 17 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs more than 3,300 people and operates 43 aircraft.

Brussels Airlines aims to emit 50% less CO2 by 2030 compared to 2019 and plans to be carbon neutral by 2050. The airline is participating in the Stargate Project led by Brussels Airport and is therefore part of the testing ground for sustainable aviation at its home base. In addition, the airline signed the Circular Economy agreement of the Antwerp Management School in 2021. The airline was the first to transport Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) through the CEPS-pipeline connecting Brussels Airport early 2023. By end 2024, Brussels Airlines will have welcomed five state-of-the-art Airbus A320neo allowing the airline to significantly lower its CO2- and noise-emissions on its medium-haul network.

As an ambassador of its country, Brussels Airlines brings the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world, among others through collaborations with Belgian Star Chefs, Belgian culinary products and the Belgian Icons, specially painted aircraft that honour a Belgian iconic person, team or event to promote Belgian culture worldwide.

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