Brussels Airlines prepares for the European Championship

The airline continues to be the official travel partner of the Red Devils until 2020

Brussels Airlines is in full preparation for the European championship in France. During the tournament, the Belgian airline will again fly the Red Devils to their games. Brussels Airlines and the Royal Belgian Football Association (RBFA) prolong their contract until 2020. This was announced  today at a press conference in the presence of Marc Wilmots, manager of the Belgian national team.

The Red Devils will fly Brussels Airlines to get to their European championship games in France. They will also count on the Belgian airline for their training camp in Switzerland, all qualification games of the World Championship in 2018 in Russia and the European Championship in 2020. The players who play in competitions abroad, continue to fly Brussels Airlines to get to their national trainings from Manchester, Madrid, Marseille, London, St Petersburg, Rome, Barcelona,…

The Red Flames, the national youth teams, scouters and referees will also make use of Brussels Airlines. The new contract foresees that Brussels Airlines remains the official airline of the Red Devils, at least until 2020.


European Championship 2016

For the European cup, Brussels Airlines provides the national team with a special aircraft in a Devilish design. The players themselves have helped to create this unique aircraft livery, which will be unveiled to the public in March.

Brussels Airlines is not only the official airline of the national football team, but also of the fans. That’s why the airline offers “TousenFrance” experience packages and flights, with which fans can join 180 other Red Devils supporters in France to root for their team. More information on 

Brussels Airlines flies to seven of the nine host cities of the European Championship. In total, the company offers 86.853 seats for sale between June 10 and July 10 and expects to welcome many football enthusiasts who will travel on their own to France. To meet the high demand, the company schedules extra flights during the European Championships and will operate as much as 656 flights to Marseille, Nice, Toulouse, Paris, Lyon and Bordeaux.


Natural partners

“We are extremely happy to extend our partnership with the Red Devils and the Royal Belgian Football Association”, says Brussels Airlines Chief Commercial Officer Lars Redeligx. ”With to our extensive European network we are a natural partner for the Red Devils. We know how important it is for the players to travel comfortably and we therefore take great care in their flights.”

Together with the Red Devils, Brussel Airlines is an ambassador for Belgium abroad. “This cooperation fits perfectly into our Belgitude philosophy and our strategy to support the great Belgian sports and bringing people together”, says Lars Redeligx. “We want to show the entire world what makes Belgium so unique. The Red Devils fit into that picture seamlessly, next to Tintin, our Belgian Star Chefs, Tomorrowland and so many other Belgian icons that get a place on board our aircraft. All Brussels Airlines colleagues look forward to continue to welcome the Red Devils on board and to pamper them.”

“We are happy that we can extend our great cooperation with Brussels Airlines for the next 4 years. As a company proudly waving the Belgian flag, they are a great fit for us and make a flexible and qualitative partner for our Devils as well as for our other operations”, says Filip Van Doorslaer, RBFA’s Director Marketing and Events 

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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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