Brussels Airlines intensifies cooperation with THAI

Brussels/Bangkok – Brussels Airlines and Thai Airways International Public Company Limited (THAI), both Star Alliance members, today announced the further development of their existing cooperation. During peak-season, THAI will increase its capacity between Brussels Airport and Suvarnabhumi Airport. The joint announcement was made at the Regis Hotel in presence of His Royal Highness Prince Philippe of Belgium, on the occasion of the Belgian Economic Mission to Thailand.

Also in attendance at the event were members from the Belgian Economic Mission, including His Excellency Didier Reynders, Federal Deputy Prime Minister and Minster of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs; Her Excellency Céline Fremault, Minister of Economy, Employment, Scientific Research and Foreign Trade of the Brussels-Capital Region; His Excellency Mark Michielsen, Belgian Ambassador to Thailand; His Excellency Apichart Chinwanno, Thai Ambassador to Belgium and to the European Union; and Mr. Emmanuel van Innis, Member of the Board of Brussels Airlines and Founding Partner.

“We look forward to further develop our successful cooperation with THAI, a quality airline offering premium on board-service”, said Brussels Airlines CEO Bernard Gustin. “Since Brussels Airlines became member of the global Star Alliance network we have been developing our home base at Brussels Airport into a Star Alliance hub that offers passengers connections to a growing number of long haul destinations. Our partnership with Star Alliance partner THAI, that allows passengers to fly nonstop to the Thai capital, fits perfectly in that strategy.”

Since November 2011 Thai Airways International operates a nonstop service between Belgium and Thailand for which the two airlines have formed a code-share agreement in July 2012, which means that Brussels Airlines can sell seats on the THAI flights under an SN flight number.  This partnership has resulted in an increase in passenger numbers for both airlines, due to the convenience of the direct route and the excellent connexions with the Brussels Airlines network.  The additional capacity THAI will offer during the peak-season, allows both partners to further intensify their cooperation. 

“The timing for expanded cooperation is excellent for both airlines as we are seeing an increase in demand on this route, as well as on extended routes beyond Bangkok and Brussels,” added Dr. Kasemsuvan, THAI President.

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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 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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