Brussels Airlines celebrates five years Star Alliance

Brussels Airlines celebrates five years Star Alliance

Exactly five years ago, on 9 December 2009, Brussels Airlines became member of Star Alliance, the world’s largest global airline alliance . Thanks to its adherence, Brussels Airlines expanded its network with several new destinations and Brussels Airport became an important Star Alliance hub.

With an inaugural event in the Brussels townhouse, Brussels Airlines officially became a member of Star Alliance on 9 December 2009. The membership in the world’s largest global airline alliance was not only considered an acknowledgement of quality and service for Brussels Airlines, but it was also a promise for  many additional advantages for the passenger, including network expansion, an improvement of the loyalty program, access to airport lounges all over the world, new commercial products and services, to name a few. Five years later Brussels Airlines can look back and say it has delivered this promise.

The airline added many new destinations over the last five years, on its short haul network (Basel, London Heathrow, Edinburgh, Hannover, Vilnius, Riga, Dubrovnik, Krakow, St. Petersburg, Alicante, Malta, Milan Linate, Catania, Olbia, Bastia, Figari, Marrakech and Agadir) as well as on its long haul network (New York, Washington, Cotonou, Ouagadougou and Lome).

Since the entrance of Brussels Airlines in the Star Alliance, Brussels Airport has become a strategic hub. Several members of the alliance who before didn’t offer flights from the European capital, have now launched scheduled flights out of Brussels Airport. Other airlines have increased their flight frequencies or have expanded connection possibilities with Brussels Airlines flights.

Thanks to the Star Alliance membership, Brussels Airlines has been able to add several European and intercontinental destinations to its flight offer, served by Star Alliance partners. These include  Zurich, Frankfurt, Munich, Corfu, Rhodos, Heraklion, Ljubljana, Zagreb, Cairo, Chicago, Newark, Montreal and Bangkok.

At Brussels Airport, Brussels Airlines cooperates with Star Alliance partners Lufthansa, SWISS, Austrian, Adria, Aegean, Egyptair, TAP, United, Air Canada and Thai. These airlines have a flight schedule that connects smoothly with Brussels Airlines’ European, African and US flights. 

As a mascot of the Star Alliance membership, one of Brussels Airlines’ Airbus A319 (OO-SSC)  flies in a special Star Alliance livery since a few years.  The aircraft is a favorite subject for airplane spotters.

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About Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines is Belgium's national airline, connecting the capital of Europe to more than 70 destinations, whereof 15 in Africa, the continent that Brussels Airlines carries closes to its heart. Moreover, Brussels Airlines offers 60 destinations in Europe, 2 in North America and Tel Aviv. The company employs 3,100 employees and operates 38 aircraft.

In view of the global coronavirus pandemic, Brussels Airlines has committed itself to the strictest health safety measures in aviation worldwide, following the recommendations of EASA (European Air Safety Agency). Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Belgian airline operates an adapted flight schedule that is based on market demand and that takes into account the travel restrictions of the different authorities.

Thanks to its no-compromise positioning, Brussels Airlines combines competitive all-flexible fares with  the highest service quality. With yearly changing Belgian Star Chefs, its wide offer of Belgian food and drinks and the five Belgian Icons, Brussels Airlines is acting as a real ambassador of its country, bringing the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world.

Creating over 40.000 direct and indirect jobs, Brussels Airlines plays an important role in the Belgian economy and is part of Belgium's second largest economic engine: its hub at Brussels Airport. In 2019, the airline transported over 10 million passengers to, from and via Brussels Airport.

Brussels Airlines offers cargo capacity on all its flights, commercialized by Lufthansa Cargo. The airline also handles the daily maintenance of its aircraft fleet.

Brussels Airlines is one of the four Lufthansa Group network airlines (Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss) and member of Star Alliance. The company was founded in 2002 and is 100% owned by Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

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