Brussels Airlines flies the Red Devils to Zagreb

Today Brussels Airlines will fly the Belgian national football team to Zagreb, where they are due to play what will possibly be the decisive qualifying match for entry into the 2014 World Championships. A Brussels Airlines Airbus A320 has been transformed into a Red Devils plane for the occasion.

At 17:30 today, the Red Devils will take off to Zagreb on Brussels Airlines flight SN1177 for their penultimate qualifying match to gain a spot in the World Cup 2014 in Brazil. More than 2000 supporters are expected at Brussels Airport this afternoon to wave the team off from the tarmac - the 7th and last Devils’ Challenge.

“As the Belgian national airline we couldn’t be more proud to fly our Red Devils to their destination again. In May this year we flew the team to New York for a friendly match against the American national team,” explains Lars Redeligx, CCO of Brussels Airlines. “We hope the Red Devils will come home with equally good results this week as they did in the US.”

The team and members of the RBFA (Royal Belgian Football Association) will be flown to Zagreb in a Brussels Airlines aircraft that has been turned into a Belgian Red Devils plane - the A320 will don the Belgian flag and the Red Devils logo. 5 people worked on the plane for 8 hours yesterday to get it ready for the flight to Zagreb. The making of the Belgian Red Devils plane can be viewed in this time-lapse video. The aircraft will continue to fly around the Brussels Airlines network with the Red Devils colours for a longer period.

All 3500 Brussels Airlines employees wish the Red Devils the best of luck in Zagreb!

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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 85 destinations, 17 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs 3,100 people and operates 41 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. In 2023, Brussels Airlines welcomes three state-of-the-art Airbus A320neo allowing the airline to significantly lower its CO2- and noise-emissions on its medium-haul network. Next to that, the airline aims to operate its first flight using Sustainable Aviation fuel (SAF) by 2023.

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 honor a Belgian iconic person, team or event to promote Belgian culture worldwide.

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