Brussels Airlines: fleet development and new revolutionary aircraft seat

This summer, Brussels Airlines rejuvenates its fleet. Five AVRO RJ aircraft will be replaced by larger Airbus A 319/320 aircraft. On the Airbus A 319/A 320 a new revolutionary seat is introduced, offering more living space and comfort and weighing much less.

The replacement programme of the short and medium haul fleet starts this week with the introduction of a first Airbus A 319 aircraft replacing a smaller AVRO RJ of which the lease term has come to an end. In the course of the coming months 3 more Airbus A 319 will be added to the fleet. This spring two more Airbus A 320 are expected. By using larger and more efficient aircraft Brussels Airlines increases its capacity on the European network with 945 seats. The Airbus aircraft enables Brussels Airlines to reduce the average operational cost per seat.

More living space thanks to a new seat

Together with the aircraft replacement programme, Brussels Airlines introduces a completely new seat : the Airbus A 319 / A 320 fleet will be equipped with revolutionary “light weight” seats. This seat, state-of-the-art technology of the German manufacturer Recaro, offers, thanks to its unique streamlined design, every passenger nearly 4 centimeters more legroom and substantially more living space. The seat pocket, traditionally located at the bottom, is now installed on eye level which creates more free space on knee level. New is also the handy peg at the side, enabling the passenger to get rid of his jacket during the flight. Hand luggage can easily be stored under the seat.

Over 300 frequent flyers were actively involved in the design and selection process – they opted for the Recaro seat over other seats due to its comfort, design and extra living room. Thanks to the use of modern, light materials this Recaro seat allows to bring down the weight per aircraft with almost 700 kgs, which reduce the fuel consumption and CO2 emission per aircraft with 4%.

More competitive

“The introduction of six Airbus aircraft in the course of this year together with a new seat is an investment of Brussels Airlines in comfort, efficiency and environmental concern” says co CEO Bernard Gustin. “This way, Bussels Airlines becomes more attractive to the customers and more competitive on certain routes. ” The seat was designed especially for the airlines of the Lufthansa Group. Also Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines and Swiss introduce the new type of seats on their medium-haul fleet.

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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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