Brussels Airlines launches direct flights between Brussels and Washington

Starting 18 June Brussels Airlines will operate direct flights between Brussels Airport and Washington Dulles. The American capital will be served 5 times per week. Thanks to the flight schedule passengers will be able to connect smoothly to many other US Destinations with Star Alliance partner UNITED.


After the successful launch of a daily service to New York last year, Brussels Airlines launches a second trans-Atlantic destination, Washington Dulles International Airport. There is a big market demand for flights between the European and the US capital, with Washington being the third most important intercontinental destination in the Belgian market, in terms of passenger 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”, says Brussels Airlines CEO Bernard Gustin. “With this new flight we're not only aiming at passengers flying to Washington or Brussels, but we are connecting the entire Brussels Airlines network with Washington and with the extended US network of our partner UNITED. Thanks to our own flights to Washington and New York and thanks to our cooperation with Star Alliance partners UNITED and Lufthansa we will offer more than ever the best travel possibilities to the United States.”

While Washington is mostly known for the White House, Capitol Hill and the Pentagon, the city and the region have much more to offer for tourists, like the world renowned Smithsonian Museums, the National Mall, Arlington, the botanical gardens and the many libraries. Washington is also an important university city.

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 quoted by the industry as one of the best trans-Atlantic travel products. Passengers flying to and from Washington will be able to earn and spend Miles & More miles.



Flight schedule (in local times)

Flight n               Departure                                         Arrival                                    Days

SN515             Brussels          17:30                     Washington     20:15              2/4/5/6/7

SN516             Washington     22:35                     Brussels          12:10              2/4/5/6/7         

(flight time: 8 hours and 45 minutes)

With a late afternoon departure from Brussels Airport, passengers will arrive in Washington in the early evening. Thanks to the cooperation with partner airline UNITED they can smoothly connect to 44 destinations in the United States and Canada, including Atlanta, Houston, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver and Orlando. The Brussels-Washington flight also connects smoothly with Brussels Airlines’ European flights, including important cities like Berlin, Copenhagen, Madrid, Milan, Hamburg, Nice and Toulouse. The Washington flight times also allow connections with the African network to Abidjan, Cotonou, Yaounde, Douala and Lomé, among others.


Departure flexibility

Thanks to the cooperation between Brussels Airlines and UNITED Brussels will be connected to Washington 12 times per week starting as from 18 June. Passengers can combine both flights, which  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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