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.