Brussels Airlines flies Red Devils and their fans to Russia

Brussels Airlines flies Red Devils and their fans to Russia

Today, Brussels Airlines’ official Red Devils aircraft Trident brings the Belgian national football team and its delegation to Moscow for the World Cup in Russia. On June 16th the airline also starts operating its fan flights bringing the world’s best fans to Sochi, Moscow and Kaliningrad. The airline will schedule new flights if the team goes through to the eighth-finals.

As the official airline of the Belgian Red Devils, Brussels Airlines flies the national team as well as their fans to Russia. Trident, the official Belgian Red Devils aircraft is bringing the Belgian team and its delegation to Sheremetyevo International Airport in Moscow today. On board of flight SN2018 are the 24 selected players, accompanied by coach Roberto Martinez, the Belgian Football Federation staff and a delegation of Belgian media. Trident is scheduled to take off at 12.00 pm and to arrive in Moscow 3 hours later. Each player has its own personalized chair, with their name on the headrest cover.

In consultation with the Red Devils’ cook and nutritionist, a special menu has been prepared by LSG Group, the airline’s caterer. A cocktail with prawns is followed by a main course including chicken coconut with rice and vegetables or a salmon and spinach pasta. A rice tart follows as a dessert. Three types of dairy, apples and bananas complete the players’ menu. Besides a special menu on the plane, the team also takes ‘speculaaspasta’ with them, a typical Belgian caramelized biscuit spread.Trident also flies a lot of cargo to Russia for the team, including 90 footballs, 1,300 football shirts and 150 pairs of football shoes.

Besides the national team and its delegation, Brussels Airlines also flies over 4,500 fans to Russia for the three games in the group stage. The first fan flight leaves in Brussels on June 16th and will bring the Red Devils fans to Sochi for the team’s first game against Panama. In total 23 extra fan flights are foreseen for the first three games in Sochi, Moscow and Kaliningrad. Options include same-day return packages, a package to stay on location for a few days, as well as open return tickets for fans wanting to stay in Russia until the national team returns. The airline will organize extra fan flights for the next stages as long as the Red Devils are in the World Cup, meaning that Brussels Airlines will schedule new flights to Russia if the team goes through to the eighth-finals.

On the fan flights the crew wears special Red Devils themed scarves and ties, inspired by the official player’s shirt. They will prepare the fans for the game and teach them some basic Russian vocabulary. A special football themed safety video, starring the players themselves, will air on board the entire A320 fleet during the World Cup, and will be the permanent new safety video for Trident.Next to the special fan flights, fans will also fly to Russia on Brussels Airlines’ regular scheduled flights to Saint-Petersburg and Moscow.

Since 2014, Brussels Airlines is the official airline of the Belgian Red Devils. The team relies on Brussels Airlines for all its official travels by plane. Not just any plane, but the official Belgian Red Devils aircraft ‘Trident’, a devilish red Airbus A320 that the airline had repainted as a tribute to the national team. On the inside the aircraft is decorated with pictures of the most iconic moments in Belgian football history. Also for the previous World Cup in Brazil and the European Championship in France, Brussels Airlines flew the national team and its fans across the globe.

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About Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines is Belgium's national airline, connecting the capital of Europe to more than 70 destinations, whereof 15 in Africa, the continent that Brussels Airlines carries closes to its heart. Moreover, Brussels Airlines offers 60 destinations in Europe, 2 in North America and Tel Aviv. The company employs 3,100 employees and operates 38 aircraft.

In view of the global coronavirus pandemic, Brussels Airlines has committed itself to the strictest health safety measures in aviation worldwide, following the recommendations of EASA (European Air Safety Agency). Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Belgian airline operates an adapted flight schedule that is based on market demand and that takes into account the travel restrictions of the different authorities.

Thanks to its no-compromise positioning, Brussels Airlines combines competitive all-flexible fares with  the highest service quality. With yearly changing Belgian Star Chefs, its wide offer of Belgian food and drinks and the five Belgian Icons, Brussels Airlines is acting as a real ambassador of its country, bringing the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world.

Creating over 40.000 direct and indirect jobs, Brussels Airlines plays an important role in the Belgian economy and is part of Belgium's second largest economic engine: its hub at Brussels Airport. In 2019, the airline transported over 10 million passengers to, from and via Brussels Airport.

Brussels Airlines offers cargo capacity on all its flights, commercialized by Lufthansa Cargo. The airline also handles the daily maintenance of its aircraft fleet.

Brussels Airlines is one of the four Lufthansa Group network airlines (Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss) and member of Star Alliance. The company was founded in 2002 and is 100% owned by Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

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