Brussels Airlines connects Brussels Airport with New York starting today
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.