Brussels Airlines pilots and cabin crew members auction a look behind the scene for charity.

Brussels Airlines pilots and cabin crew members auction a look behind the scene for charity.

In the context of Brussels Airlines’ for Africa, Brussels Airlines employees launch an online auction to raise funds for humanitarian projects. In that auction, they give away several unique experiences that offer a glimpse behind the secene at the airline, including a flight in the cockpit, a day in the life of a cabin crew member and an intimate piano concert by Ozark Henry beneath the wings of an Airbus A330.

Brussels Airlines has a strong connection to Africa. Next to its more than 60 flights per week to the African continent, Africa is also very close to the heart of its employees. Many of them organize and support humanitarian initiatives to help several African countries Brussels Airlines flies to. In order to bundle these initiatives, the airline founded for Africa some years ago.

The biggest initiative of the foundation is Bike for Africa: every two years 70 employees and friends of Brussels Airlines travel to a different African country for a mountain bike tour to raise funds for a humanitarian organization. This experience gives them the opportunity to really connect to the country and its population in a way that is not possible otherwise. What’s more is they raise €200,000, which this year will go to Mercy Ships, a hospital ship that provides locals with medical care along the African West Coast.

This year, some of the mountain bikers came with the idea to auction a day in their professional lives at Brussels Airlines to raise funds for Bike for Africa. Captain and Flight Instructor Niki V. offers a 2-hour session in the flight simulator at CAE Academy, his wife and also captain Kirsten P. takes the highest bidder on the jumpseat in her cockpit. Flight attendants Uli V. and Steven F. take someone on one of their flights where they get to experience the work and life of a cabin crew member first hand. First Officer Hilde G. takes an auction winner on the tarmac at Brussels Airport for a visit to his or her favorite Belgian Icon, while engineer Walter takes the highest bidder for a tour through Brussels Airlines’ maintenance hangar. Last but not least, Ozark Henry, a Bike for Africa participant himself, gives away an intimate piano concert under the wings of an Airbus A330 in the Brussels Airlines hangar.

Bike for Africa takes place between 28 February and 7 March. In addition to the colleagues of Brussels Airlines, several managers of Belgian companies take part, including Geert Noels, Tom Vande Cruys, Bob Verbeeck, Jacques Vandermeiren, Bernard Marchand, Jean-Paul Philippot and the CEO of Brussels Airlines Bernard Gustin.

Bids for the Bike for Africa auction can be placed until 12 December at midnight on


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Brussels Airlines is Belgium's national airline, connecting the capital of Europe to more than 70 destinations, whereof 15 in Africa, the continent that Brussels Airlines carries closes to its heart. Moreover, Brussels Airlines offers 60 destinations in Europe, 2 in North America and Tel Aviv. The company employs 3,100 employees and operates 38 aircraft.

In view of the global coronavirus pandemic, Brussels Airlines has committed itself to the strictest health safety measures in aviation worldwide, following the recommendations of EASA (European Air Safety Agency). Since the outbreak of the coronavirus, the Belgian airline operates an adapted flight schedule that is based on market demand and that takes into account the travel restrictions of the different authorities.

Thanks to its no-compromise positioning, Brussels Airlines combines competitive all-flexible fares with  the highest service quality. With yearly changing Belgian Star Chefs, its wide offer of Belgian food and drinks and the five Belgian Icons, Brussels Airlines is acting as a real ambassador of its country, bringing the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world.

Creating over 40.000 direct and indirect jobs, Brussels Airlines plays an important role in the Belgian economy and is part of Belgium's second largest economic engine: its hub at Brussels Airport. In 2019, the airline transported over 10 million passengers to, from and via Brussels Airport.

Brussels Airlines offers cargo capacity on all its flights, commercialized by Lufthansa Cargo. The airline also handles the daily maintenance of its aircraft fleet.

Brussels Airlines is one of the four Lufthansa Group network airlines (Austrian, Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa and Swiss) and member of Star Alliance. The company was founded in 2002 and is 100% owned by Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

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