Brussels Airlines

Brussels -Zaventem

Brussels Airlines is a Belgian airline based in Brussels and based on the Brussels Airport. It is a subsidiary of Deutsche Lufthansa AG and a member of the airline alliance Star Alliance.

  • 4.1 codeshare agreement


Brussels Airlines was founded through the merger of SN Brussels Airlines, which emerged from the traditional Sabena, and Virgin Express. On 25 March 2007, the first flight took place under the name of Brussels Airlines and IATA code "SN ", which was adopted by the SN Brussels Airlines instead. The code also wore already the flights of Sabena, this should bring the origin of the airline expressed. Sabena was very popular in Belgium and a part of national pride. Your bankruptcy became the largest bankruptcy firms in Belgian history. Since the fate of the Sabena was then sealed by foreign investors, such as Swissair, highest priority was given to the retention of the Belgian identity and autonomy in the establishment of SN Brussels Airlines. Owner of the new company Brussels Airlines were for these reasons 40 Belgian investors who managed a share of just over 70 percent of the shares in common. However, the airline Virgin Atlantic entrepreneur Richard Branson 's largest shareholder through the merger with Virgin Express in late 2004. 2007, the first year the company's history, Brussels Airlines carried 5.8 million passengers, thus achieving a net profit of 23.1 million euros.

The end of 2007 founded Brussels Airlines together with Hewa Bora Airways Mauritania airline Pan African Airlines under the name " airDC " new. After the plane crash of Hewa Bora machine on 15 April 2008 Brussels Airlines revised cooperation. A renewed attempt to introduce the " airDC " was unlikely after the former partner Hewa Bora and Brussels Airlines are again entered in a competition on the Brussels - Kinshasa.

Due to the rising oil price is Brussels Airlines in 2008 set the goal to search for new possibilities of fuel savings. So the planes fly slower and anyway unnecessary ashtrays were removed from the seats. Furthermore sweeps from Brussels Airlines flights each year on January 1, except for the flights to and from Africa. The New Year is associated with high costs. Also in 2008, Brussels has the BAe ausgeflottet 146-200. The last flight of one of these machines was also the last flight from the now disused Tempelhof Airport in Berlin and Brussels.

On 15 September 2008, the German airline Lufthansa announced plans to take over initial 45 percent stake in Brussels Airlines. At a later stage, probably from 2011, the remaining shares should then be adopted. The European Commission has approved the transaction on June 22, 2009. On 19 September 2008, the Star Alliance announced that it expected to receive Brussels Airlines in December 2009 in their network. The recording was confirmed on 11 December 2008.

On 24 March 2009 announced Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa German Airlines on the expansion of their cooperation. So to be carried out on the routes between Brussels and Frankfurt, Berlin, Hamburg, Hanover, Nuremberg and Stuttgart codeshare flights. The reciprocal use of airport lounges and collecting bonus miles to be simplified. Meanwhile, African destinations were included. Since July 1, 2009 Brussels Airlines is part of the Lufthansa Group. Since December 9, 2009 Brussels Airlines is also a member of the Star Alliance. Brussels Airlines is also a member of the Association of European Airlines.

Since October 26, 2009 Brussels Airlines is the frequent flyer program Miles & More connected under the leadership of Lufthansa, which has its own program replaces Privilege.

In summer 2010, media reports were published, according to which is the foundation of a new Congolese airline Brussels Airlines with the help of the parent company Lufthansa and local investors under the project name Korongo Airlines in planning.


The upper part of the fuselage is white, painted the lower part of pastel gray, tail and vertical tail are dark blue. On the vertical stabilizers can be seen on dark blue ground from 14 red dots existing b. Actually, 13 balls were planned, but has been added in order not to frighten superstitious passengers a 14 ball. Inside the passenger expect dark blue leather seats. The previously almost completely red aircraft of Virgin Express have been repainted and directly adjusted to the new corporate design. In contrast, however, the aircraft of SN Brussels Airlines:

Transition Paint

Second variant: The rudder now has a "b " logo

Current Appearance: Completely new design.

  • First version: The old " Sabena S" was used on some machines even further. It did not fly immediately all the old SN Brussels Airlines aircraft in the new colors. Here then was only the " SN " on the fuselage by a small "b" replaced (see images box on the right ).

Some BAe -146 aircraft flew even into 2008 in the old colors of the first variant. Meanwhile, is not a machine and the historic "S- Tail" more for the Brussels Airlines in use.

  • Second variant: Now that you gone over to place a red b instead of " Sabena S " on the medium blue vertical tail with the old paint (November 2007).

Also this new design at first glance very similar transitional finish has an orange colored side line of the old SN paint and a not completely gray-filled hull.

Business Model

On most European flights Brussels Airlines offers from 28 March 2009, three different types of tickets to:

  • is the highest booking class (including high-class catering, free neighboring seats, newspapers, etc.) and increased flexibility for transfers
  • B.flex economy include the full service ( including catering, newspapers, etc.) and increased flexibility for transfers
  • B.light economy is the cheap variant in which normally no meals and transfers are included


The airline mainly flies to European but also African and Asian destinations from Brussels- Zaventem airport. The African goals were some of the most important goals already at Sabena and will be continued by Brussels Airlines. In Germany take off and land aircraft of Brussels Airlines in Berlin- Tegel, Hamburg, Hanover, Frankfurt and Munich. Brussels Airlines was one of the few remaining international airlines that still anflogen the historical airport Berlin -Tempelhof five days prior to its closure on 30 October 2008. In Austria 's capital Vienna is served several times a day and in Switzerland Basel, Geneva and Zurich.

Codeshare agreement

About a codeshare agreement with American Airlines destinations within America's New York - John F. Kennedy and Chicago O'Hare were realized. This codeshare agreement was replaced by a new agreement in the course of their accession to the Star Alliance with United Airlines. These flying on a codeshare with SN to Chicago and Washington to New York / Newark ( this route came after the merger with United and Continental thereto). SN itself flies since 2012 even the route Brussels - New York / JFK and after 10 years back in the U.S.. Another route from Brussels to Washington / IAD came in the spring of 2013 to do so. Furthermore, there is agreement with Air Canada to Montreal and then to Toronto. According to Bangkok with Thai Airways to get machines. Further agreements were with Lufthansa, Austrian Airlines, Finnair, Aegean Airlines, El Al, Ethiopian Airlines, Flybe, LOT Polish Airlines, Hainan Airlines, Jet Airways, Swiss, Malmö Aviation, Cyprus Airways Air Malta, Croatia Airlines, Ukraine International Airlines TAP Portugal, Tarom and Europe Airpost closed.