30.11.2018

Brussels Airlines modernizes its A330 long-haul fleet

Together with Lufthansa, Brussels Airlines invests in the replacement of seven of its ten A330 long-haul aircraft.  It is the most important investment project in the 16-year long history of Brussels Airlines and the first time that the airline will operate long-haul aircraft that are owned and not leased. In November, after 25 years’ service, the first A330 successfully left Brussels Airlines fleet.

With its new long-haul aircraft, Brussels Airlines will be able to offer customers even more comfort, with quieter, more efficient and environmentally friendlier planes. Besides new aircraft, the airline is also investing in an entirely new cabin interior for all three travel classes, providing guests a greater on-board comfort and a best-in-class travel experience on all international flights to Africa and the North Atlantic.

After a comprehensive study where Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa analyzed the current and future intercontinental network of the Brussels based carrier, as well as at its capacity needs for both passengers and cargo and the available aircraft types on the market, it was decided to pursue the A330-300 CEO series. From an economic and operational point of view, this aircraft type is the best fit for Brussels Airlines as it brings many benefits such as a significantly higher range than its current Airbus A330 fleet and a higher maximum take-off weight, offering more freight capacity.

While Brussels Airlines is currently flying with different engine types, the ‘CEO’ aircraft will be equipped with Rolls Royce Trent 700 engines. This engine type, that consumes less fuel and emits less noise and CO2, is already in use at several other Lufthansa Group airlines. Furthermore, for the Brussels Airlines Maintenance & Engineering Department, this harmonization and standardization is an added value as it significantly reduces the complexity.

The replacement of seven of its ten A330 aircraft is the most substantial investment made in the 16-year long history of Brussels Airlines. Additionally, it is the first time that the airline will operate its long-haul flights with aircraft that are owned by the Lufthansa Group and not leased.

On November 13, after 25 years’ service, the first A330 aircraft with tail number OO-SFN successfully left the Brussels Airlines fleet. . The new A330 program will gradually take place in the upcoming months and will be finalized by the start of 2020.

About Brussels Airlines
Brussels Airlines is Belgium's national airline, connecting the capital of Europe to more than 100 destinations, whereof 23 in Africa, the continent Brussels Airlines considers its second home. Besides Africa, Brussels Airlines offers more than 90 destinations in Europe, 3 in North America and Tel Aviv and Mumbai. The company has over 4,000 employees and 52 aircraft operating some 250 flights daily, flying more than 9 million passengers a year to, via and from Brussels Airport. Thanks to its no compromise positioning, Brussels Airlines combines competitive fares with the highest service quality.  With yearly changing Belgian Star Chefs, its wide offer of Belgian food and drinks and the five Belgian Icons, Brussels Airlines is an ambassador of its country, bringing the world to Belgium and the best of Belgium to the world. Brussels Airlines offers cargo capacity on all its flights, commercialized by Lufthansa Cargo. The airline also handles the daily maintenance of its aircraft fleet. Brussels Airlines is part of the Eurowings Group and member of Star Alliance. The company was founded in 2002 and is 100% owned by Deutsche Lufthansa AG.