European Commission approves partnership between Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines

The European Commission has today granted regulatory approval for the partnership between Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa. The decision paves the way for Lufthansa to acquire an initial 45 per cent stake in SN Airholding SA/NV, the parent company of Brussels Airlines.

The transaction is expected to be finalised by the end of this month. This clearance from the EU competition authority will also give Lufthansa an option, as from April 2011, to buy the remaining 55 per cent stake in Brussels Airlines. This option is renewable annually every April over the next three years.

Regulatory clearance will enable both carriers to realise synergies and intensify their cooperation to the benefit of their respective customers. Harmonised schedules, which will lead to improved connections at the Frankfurt, Munich, Zurich and Brussels hubs, are just one of the advantages that customers can look forward to in future.

This partnership enables Brussels Airlines to connect Brussels Airport with the rest of the world. As from today, passengers will be able to fly to any of the 220 destinations in the common Brussels Airlines / Lufthansa network and soon to over 1000 destinations in the Star Alliance network from Brussels Airport.

Today, Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines passengers already profit from the partnership between the two airlines in the run-up to Brussels Airlines’ accession to Star Alliance and in the Miles & More programme.

The partnership between Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa will give the airline's staff members the advantages of belonging to a large group and the chance to benefit from more career perspectives. At the same time the Brussels Airlines specific characteristics, social dialogue and transparency, will continue to exist.

Full information about the cooperation and customer benefits is available on the Internet
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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 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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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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