Brussels Airlines’ first Airbus A320neo performs its maiden flight to Vienna

All passengers on board SN2905 were surprised with a gift to remember this special moment in the history of Brussels Airlines

Brussels, December 12,2023 – The first Airbus A320neo of Brussels Airlines performed its very first commercial flight today: flight SN2905 from Brussels to Vienna. All passengers on board this aircraft received a little gift as a souvenir to this very special day in the history of Brussels Airlines. Four more Airbus A320neo aircraft will join the fleet in the coming year, fleet renewal is an important part of the sustainability strategy of Brussels Airlines.

OO-SBA is the first Airbus A320neo aircraft for Brussels Airlines. It was delivered to the airline on November 1. Maintenance and Engineering had to perform the last trims and finishes to the aircraft, and today was the very first commercial flight of the plane.

This is a historic moment for Brussels Airlines, as this is not only the first A320neo, but also the very first brand-new aircraft delivered to the airline in its history. Brussels Airlines has ambitious fleet renewal plans, with four more A320neo’s scheduled to join the fleet in the coming months.

The Airbus A320neo is an important part of the sustainability strategy at Brussels Airlines. It produces up to 20% less CO2-emissions and up to 50% less noise. A more quiet aircraft also enhances the passenger experience on board, together with a flexible lighting system and 40% larger overhead bins for luggage.

The very first commercial flight of OO-SBA was SN2905 on December 12, 2023. The flight took off at 15.45 local time, with destination Vienna. All passengers on board the aircraft received a little gift to remember this special day: a birth card and “suikerbonen/dragées”, traditional chocolates that are distributed to celebrate a birth in Belgium.



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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 90 destinations, 18 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs more than 3,400 people and operates 44 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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