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 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 3,200 people and operates 40 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. In 2023, Brussels Airlines welcomes three state-of-the-art Airbus A320neo allowing the airline to significantly lower its CO2- and noise-emissions on its medium-haul network. Next to that, the airline aims to operate its first flight using Sustainable Aviation fuel (SAF) by 2023.

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 honor a Belgian iconic person, team or event to promote Belgian culture worldwide.

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About Star Alliance

The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance, based on a customer value proposition of global reach, worldwide recognition and seamless service. Since inception, it has offered the largest and most comprehensive airline network, with a focus on improving customer experience across the Alliance journey.

Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 10,000 daily flights to almost 1,200 airports in 184 countries.

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