Brussels Airlines connects Brussels Airport with New York starting today

As of today Brussels Airlines daily connects its homebase Brussels Airport with New York JFK. The very first transatlantic flight of Brussels Airlines took off this morning at 10:25 a.m. for the Big Apple, under the auspices of the American Ambassador Howard Gutman and the Brussels Airlines and Brussels Airport management.


Brussels Airline’s maiden flight to the States, flight SN501, departed with a high seat load factor.  But also many transfer passengers, transiting in Brussels from multiple African and European destinations, boarded in Brussels. Brussels Airlines targets not only passengers flying from Brussels to New York or vice versa, thanks to the excellent connections the flight is fed by the entire Brussels Airlines network.

Number one long haul destination

With the start of this new scheduled service to New York, the first offered by a Belgian airline after an absence of over 10 years, Brussels Airlines responds to a strong market demand. New York is the number one long haul destination from Brussels Airport with annually over 300.000 people travelling between the capital of Europe and the Big Apple. Henceforward these people will be able to use the daily Brussels Airlines offer.  “We position us in that market with a high-quality European product”, says Brussels Airlines CEO Bernard Gustin. “On the New York route we introduce a completely new in-flight product that reflects our quality ambition.”

The new Business Class cabin offers the most modern in-flight comfort and plenty of privacy. Passengers travel in spacious seats that can be turned into flat beds (180° horizontal decline) with an air cushion of which the pressure can be adjusted. Thanks to this ingenious cabin configuration not less than 24 out of the 30 seats have direct aisle access and nine passengers have nobody sitting in the adjacent seat.  Economy Class passengers travel in a new ergonomic seat that offers more legroom and comfort. 

The new RAVE in-flight entertainment technology is without doubt revolutionary. This on demand entertainment system offers about 100 hours of movies and documentaries, news programmes, games, music and e-reading material. Another innovation is the ‘Niceview’ flight information programme, developed by Lufthansa Technik, offering 3D maps and information on the correct course of the aircraft from various angles.


A warm welcome

In recent months the new scheduled flight to New York has been warmly welcomed by the travel industry. Most tour operators are now offering city trips to New York with Brussels Airlines. Many group and incentive trips make use of the Brussels Airlines flight to JFK. During a big event yesterday organised by Brussels Airlines and Amcham, the American Chambre of Commerce in Belgium, it was clear that also the Belgian-American corporates are very interested in this new scheduled service. Next week in New York Brussels Airlines will gather, together with the Belgian consulate, the Belgian-American corporate scene. 

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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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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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