Brussels Airlines starts flights to Washington today
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)