Brussels Airlines launches a direct flight between Washington and the European capital

Starting June 18 Brussels Airlines will operate direct flights between Washington Dulles and Brussels Airport. The European capital will be served 5 times per week. Thanks to the flight schedule passengers will be able to connect smoothly via Brussels Airport to many other European and African destinations in the Brussels Airlines network.


After the successful launch of a daily service to New York last year, Brussels Airlines launches a second trans-Atlantic flight, between Washington Dulles International Airport and Brussels. There is a big market demand for flights between the American and the European capital, with Washington being the third most important intercontinental flight destination in the Belgian market, in terms of passengers numbers.

“We are extremely happy to be expanding Brussels Airlines’ intercontinental network and to be able to further reinforce our presence at the American East Coast after New York”, says Brussels Airlines CEO Bernard Gustin. “With this new flight Brussels Airlines is complementing the current offer of UNITED, creating more departure possibilities and better travel schedules for the passengers.


“We are delighted Brussels Airlines will add  a service to Washington Dulles International Airport,” said John Potter, President and CEO of the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. “The arrival of this non-stop service will benefit our passengers by providing new options when traveling to Belgium or connecting to their network of destinations in Europe and Africa.” 

As the European capital, Brussels is the political centre of the EU. The European Commission, the European council and the European parliament have their headquarters in Brussels, together with other international institutions like NATO and hundreds of multinationals. But Brussels has much more to offer besides business. The city is also a touristic hotspot and an ideal starting point to explore Belgian art cities likes Antwerp, Bruges, Ghent or Liège. Thanks to its ideal location, smooth travel is also possible to neighbouring countries France, the Netherlands, Germany and UK.


Brussels Airlines will operate 5 flights per week to Washington with Airbus A330 aircraft. Passengers can expect the new Brussels Airlines product with full flat beds in Business Class, ergonomic seats in Economy Class and state of the art in-flight entertainment in both classes. These new cabins were introduced only a few months ago and are already being described  by the industry as one of the best trans-Atlantic travel products. Passengers flying to Washington will be able to earn and spend Miles & More miles.



Flight schedule (in local times)

Flight n            Departure                                           Arrival                                          Days

SN516             Washington    10:35 p.m.                 Brussels        12:10 p.m.               2/4/5/6/7    

SN515             Brussels          5:30 p.m.                  Washington     8:15 p.m.               2/4/5/6/7    

(flight time: 8 hours and 45 minutes)

Thanks to an evening departure from Washington Dulles, passengers will arrive in Brussels in the late morning. Immediately after landing, smooth connections are possible to other European cities like Berlin, Copenhagen, Madrid, Milan, Hamburg, Nice and Toulouse. And of course connections with the African network to Abidjan, Cotonou, Yaounde, Douala and Lomé.


Departure flexibility

Thanks to the cooperation between Brussels Airlines and UNITED, Washington will be connected to Brussels 12 times per week starting as from June 18. Passengers can combine both flights. This offers more departure flexibility and more connection possibilities.

To make this new trans-Atlantic service possible, Brussels Airlines will add an additional (the 8th) Airbus A330 to its long 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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