Brussels Airlines offers the best wine in Business Class

At a tasting contest of wines being offered by airlines from all over the world, Brussels Airlines was highly awarded. The airline won the first prize in the category ‘best wines in Business Class’.  In the category of best champagnes, Brussels Airlines ended in the top 3.  

Global Traveler is the leading American business traveller magazine that organizes the yearly international ‘Wines on the Wing' airline wine competition. A panel of 28 professional judges, including sommeliers, wine producers and wine shop owners, taste and rate wines served by airlines around the world

The wines served by Brussels Airlines in its long-haul Business Class were highly appreciated by the jury and received the prestigious first prize in the category ‘Best Overall International Business Class wines’. In the category ‘champagnes’ Brussels Airlines was also highly awarded, with a 3rd place.

For its wine selection Brussels Airlines appeals to Fiona Morisson, the only female wine expert in Belgium carrying the title ‘Master of Wine’. This international recognition of the Brussels Airlines wine offer prizes the good work of the Brussels Airlines catering team led by Philip Mortier who himself is trained as a sommelier and who assists Fiona Morison in selecting the wines.  The wines served on the Brussels Airlines long haul flights to Africa and the US are purchased through the Brussels-based Palais du Vin and assessed during tasting sessions.  “During these tasting sessions we look for a perfect match with our culinary offer”, explains Philip Mortier.

The selection always includes a wine from a renowned French house, a well-known world wine and a ‘surprise’ wine.  As a Belgian airline, Brussels Airlines also serves authentic Belgian wines that are highly appreciated by the passengers. This year the Brussels Airlines wine card presents, amongst others, Les Vieux Murs, Pouilly-Fuissé 2009 (France), Longridge Pinotage 2008 (South Africa),  Tenuta di Castiglioni 2008 Frescobaldi (Italy), Poujeaux 2007 (France), Ken Forrester Chenin 2010 (South Africa), Montes Alpha Syrah 2009 (Chili), Aldenyck PG 2010 (Belgium), Château Rochemorin 2006 Pessac-Léognan (France), Kendall Jackson Zinfandel 2007 (USA), De Kluizen Cuvée 2009-2010 (Belgium), Puclavec Gomila Nr 2 2010 (Macedonia). Passengers also have the possibility to buy wines on board and have them delivered at home.

“Brussels Airlines is currently making major investments in a completely new long haul product”, says Brussels Airlines Chief Commercial Officer Erik Follet. “In the course of this year new Business Class and  Economy Class cabins are being installed with flat beds in Business Class, generous legroom and ergonomic seats in Economy and the latest inflight entertainment technology. But things are also moving forward on the catering front, where we opt for true gastronomy and quality. The reactions of our customers who have experienced the new product are very positive. The Global Traveler Best Overal Business Class Wines Award is a wonderful recognition and proves that our efforts are being appreciated. It motivates us to continue further down this path in the future!”.

Brussels Airlines' awarded wines in the different categories:
- Champagnes International Business Class: Laurent Perrier (3rd place)
- White Wines International Business Class: Les Vieux Murs Pouilly-Fuissé 2009, Burgundy, France (3rd place)
- Red Wines International Business Class: Tenuta Frescobaldi di Castiglioni 2009, Tuscany, Italy (4th place) & Château de Rochemorin 2006, Bordeaux, France (5th place)

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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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