Brussels Airlines starts flights to Washington today

Starting today, Brussels Airlines operates five flights per week between Brussels Airport and Washington Dulles. The new scheduled service aims at passengers travelling to the American capital as well as passengers who connect to other destinations in the United States via Washington.

After an absence of 12 years, a Belgian passenger aircraft will land in Washington Dulles Airport today with Brussels Airlines flight SN515. And that’s not the only novelty: SN515 is the first and only flight with a late afternoon departure from Brussels Airport to the United States. The inaugural flight will be sent off festively at Brussels Airport and awaits a warm welcome in the American capital.

With this new scheduled service Brussels Airlines doesn’t only connect the European and American capitals with each other: Brussels Airport en Washington Dulles are two important hubs of the Star Alliance network and this new service creates dozens of new connection possibilities. The flight schedule allows for passengers to connect to many other destinations in the US with other Star Alliance partners. A lot of passengers combine the Washington flight with a connection to the West Coast or big cities in the US. The first flight to Washington has passengers on board who travel onwards to San Francisco, Mississippi, Chicago, Indianapolis and Kansas City. The first flight departing from Washington welcomes passengers that transfer through Brussels Airport to other Brussels Airlines destinations like Oslo, Kinshasa, Abidjan, Copenhagen and Douala.

This summer season Brussels Airlines flies 5 times per week to Washington D.C. All flights are operated with Airbus A330-200 or A330-300 aircraft that have recently been refurbished with comfortable Business- and Economy Class cabins. 


Long haul growth

The new Washington D.C. route is launched exactly one year after the successful start of the New York JFK route, Brussels Airlines’ first trans-Atlantic route. Washington is the second East Coast destination for Brussel Airlines. The first commercial results are satisfying.


“The long haul offer of Brussels Airlines has grown considerably in the last four years”, says Brussels Airlines CEO Bernard Gustin. “In four years’ time we have doubled our long haul fleet from 4 to 8 aircraft. We have added 4 intercontinental destinations to our network and have increased flight frequencies on several routes. The launch of Washington is part of our strategy to operate the most important intercontinental destinations from Brussels Airport ourselves to offer passengers a comfortable and direct travel option.”


Flight Schedule (in local times)

Flight number                       Departure                                         Arrival                            Days

SN515             Brussels         4:45 p.m.          Washington      7:30 p.m.             2/4/5/6/7

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

(Flight time: 8 hours and 45 minutes)



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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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About Star Alliance

The Star Alliance network was established in 1997 as the first truly global airline alliance, based on a customer value proposition of global reach, worldwide recognition and seamless service. Since inception, it has offered the largest and most comprehensive airline network, with a focus on improving customer experience across the Alliance journey.

Overall, the Star Alliance network currently offers more than 10,000 daily flights to almost 1,200 airports in 184 countries.

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