Brussels Airlines welcomes students for Youca Action Day

On 17 October, Brussels Airlines welcomes 16 students at work for this year’s YOUCA Action Day. The airline participates the 7th consecutive time in the event. For the first time students will not only work on board, but also at the airport. The 16 YOUCA students are all children of Brussels Airlines employees, making it the ideal opportunity for the airline’s staff to share a look behind the scenes with their own family.

Ten students from the 4th to the 7th grade will spend the day as a cabin crew member, performing a flight in Europe. Starting at the in Zaventem, they will prepare the flight together with the Brussels Airlines cabin and cockpit crew, after which they will join the crew on board and care for Belgian and international guests using all their language skills. Six other students will work at the airport as a Passenger Service Agent, assisting at check-in and gates under the lead of an experienced Brussels Airlines colleague, welcoming the airline’s guests and assuring a smooth boarding and departure. The students’ salaries will go to charity projects of engaged youth worldwide.

“We are very happy to welcome 16 students during the YOUCA Action Day. It is the perfect opportunity to share the beauty of working in aviation with the next generation, the workforce of tomorrow. At the same time, we are helping our Belgian youth to engage themselves for sustainable entrepreneurship in Belgium and abroad. A big win for both parties.”

Ilse Verhelst, Internal communication manager at Brussels Airlines

YOUCA, Youth for Change and Action, wants to stimulate youngsters to work together towards a sustainable and fair society. During the YOUCA Action Day, students between 14 and 19 years old go to work for one day and donate their salaries to projects of engaged youth worldwide. This year, their wages will go to a project by Trias, centralising youth and entrepreneurship in Guinee and to different projects in Belgium.

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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 90 destinations, 18 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs more than 3,400 people and operates 44 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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