The Smurfs to become Brussels Airlines 5th Belgian Icon

The Smurfs to become Brussels Airlines 5th Belgian Icon

After a voting period of 10 days, Brussels Airlines’ fans have decided: they want to see The Smurfs on the airline’s 5th special livery plane. The designer of the Smurfs plane and winner of the contest is Italian student Marta Mascellani.

Marta’s Smurfs design received the most number of votes, ahead of the other design in the running: Art Nouveau/Victor Horta. The Smurfs are one of Belgium’s most loved comic characters and are internationally known, so they are sure to be a good ambassador for Belgium. The design will soon come to life on an Brussels Airlines Airbus A320, which will start flying around Europe (and even beyond) as from March 2018. Marta will follow the process of creating the plane behind the scenes, and will be on the first row at the revealing event as well as on the plane’s maiden voyage.

“Drawing is my big passion so when I heard of the contest I thought it was a great challenge I wanted to take. I've always loved Peyo's creations. I like the Smurfs cartoon and the films. I thought it was also the best occasion to draw them because it's the 60th anniversary in 2018. I love the fact that Brussels Airlines is the only airline to promote its country and culture in such a way, painting new special livery planes every year. My brother is a pilot for Brussels Airlines, so I feel connected to the company."

Marta Mascellani, winner of the 5th Belgian Icon contest

Brussels Airlines is a proud ambassador of Belgium and really carries ‘belgitude’ in its heart. Tintin, Magritte, the Belgian Red Devils and Tomorrowland each fly proudly on an Airbus A320 as Belgian Icons. Also on board Brussels Airlines does whatever it takes to immerse her passengers in the Belgian culture: from chocolates, beers and menus made by Belgian Star Chefs to cabin crew uniforms designed by Belgian designers.

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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 85 destinations, 17 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs 3,100 people and operates 41 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. In 2023, Brussels Airlines welcomes three state-of-the-art Airbus A320neo allowing the airline to significantly lower its CO2- and noise-emissions on its medium-haul network. Next to that, the airline aims to operate its first flight using Sustainable Aviation fuel (SAF) by 2023.

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 honor a Belgian iconic person, team or event to promote Belgian culture worldwide.

More information on brusselsairlines.com 

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