Brussels Airlines in new partnership with bmi

A new partnership deal with the British carrier bmi, will allow Brussels Airlines to add a further 3 destinations to its passenger offer: Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford and East Midlands. In total, Brussels Airlines now offers daily flights to no less than 9 destinations in Great Britain.

Thanks to this partnership agreement, Brussels Airlines and bmi will have a joint commercial offer that comprises all of their flights to and from both airlines’ regional destinations in the UK. Brussels Airlines will therefore sell the 3 daily flights operated by bmi between Brussels Airport and Edinburgh, Leeds Bradford and East Midlands, while bmi will include in its daily offer flights operated by Brussels Airlines between the capital of Europe and Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol and Newcastle. All flights will carry both companies’ codes ('SN' et 'BD'). 

Entering into force on 26 October, the codeshare will allow Brussels Airlines to offer its customers a total of 9 destinations in the United Kingdom, which means nearly 300 flights per week between Belgium and Great Britain. No other carrier can offer as many flights as this joint Brussels Airlines/bmi offer. The important Midlands region will, for example, benefit from service to two airports (Birmingham and East Midlands) while, for the first time, Edinburgh will be available to Brussels Airlines customers as the principal entry port into Scotland. 

This offer also gives extensive possibilities for passengers travelling from the UK to easily connect to the Brussels Airlines networks in Europe, Africa and India. With nine departure point from the UK, the combinations via Brussels are almost endless; for example Edinburgh-Brussels-Nairobi; Leeds-Brussels-Delhi; East Midlands-Brussels-Bilbao.

And of course, members of the loyalty programme Privilege will benefit equally from the Brussels Airlines/bmi collaboration – with the possibility of earning miles on every flight from the UK to Brussels and beyond.

“We’re very happy with this important new partnership, which will allow us to consolidate and extend our  presence in the UK market, with the addition of 3 new destinations”, said Erik Follet, EVP Strategy & Business Development at Brussels Airlines. “It’s a win/win agreement which will mean an increased service both for business and leisure passengers flying Brussels Airlines and bmi.” 

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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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About Star Alliance

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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