Lifestyle & Travel

Feb 1, 2015

Europe's Finest

Brussels Airlines is the Belgian airline group that offers the widest choice of flights to and from its base at Brussels Airport. A fleet of 43 aircraft and about 3500 employees from the Brussels Airlines group assure some 300 punctual flights daily, connecting the capital of Europe to more than 60 premium European and African and US airports.

On its European routes, operated mainly with Airbus A319/A320 and AVRO, Brussels Airlines offers the choice of 4 different travel classes: Bizz&Class, Flex&Fast, Light&Relax and Check&Go. On medium and long-haul flights, the airline operates traditional business or economy class. Long-haul flights are operated with Airbus A330-300 aircraft.

In addition to 19 destinations on the African continent and a direct transatlantic service to New York, Brussels Airlines and its intercontinental partners also offer long-haul service to the Middle East, China, Thailand, India and Canada.

Brussels Airlines is owned by SN Airholding and is backed up by more than 80 years of aviation experience in Belgium. In June 2009, Lufthansa acquired 45% of the company's shares. Since 9 December 2009, Brussels Airlines is a member of Star Alliance, the world largest airline alliance.

The history of Brussels Airlines dates back to 2002 when mother company SN Airholding was created by a group of about 40 investors.

The primary aim of the investors was to ensure the continuity of a reliable air connection to and from Brussels, the capital of Europe, and this in the context of the extensive perturbations caused by Sabena's cessation. The new company was called SN Brussels Airlines, and it posted its first positive results already in 2003.

In October 2004, it was decided that SN Brussels Airlines and Virgin Express would join together under the general ownership of SN Airholding, but would each retain their brand and operations independence in the market. 

Brussels Airlines is backed up by some 80 years of Belgian aeronautical experience.
On the 15th September 2008, Lufthansa Group announced its purchase of a stake in the Belgian airline company. In June 2009 the EU Commission granted regulatory approval for this strategic partnership between Brussels Airlines and Lufthansa. The decision paved the way for Lufthansa to acquire an initial 45% stake in SN Airholding SA/NV, the parent company of Brussels Airlines.

Since 9 December 2009, Brussels Airlines is an official member of Star Alliance, the world's leading global airline partnership.

Cargo
Brussels Airlines is a service company, offering an air-shipping solution from the moment of acceptance of the goods at the airport of origin to the moment of delivery at the airport of destination.

The company's promise is to move your cargo with speed and care in a timely and secure way to more than 50 European, 17 African destinations and 2 destinations in the United States. Brussels Airlines Cargo applies the highest industry standards of cargo handling.

Brussels Airlines Cargo caters for a broad spectrum of cargo commodities. The company is, amongst others, specialised in carrying perishables "fresh to shelf" and also convey post office mail with care and attention.

It transports cargo commodities allowed for transportation on a passenger aircraft and within the belly capacity of these aircraft.

The airline is specialised in operating to and from Africa, the major part of the imports from Africa are perishables.

Together with the partner Adelantex the airline developed "Fresh to Shelf", a product enabling delivery of produce right to the major markets and distribution centers.

The Cargo Premium service offers a reliable delivery from and to Brussels for time critical shipments. At Brussels Airport the dedicated Aviapartner Courier Centre handles your Cargo Premium shipments.

Brussels airlines staff handles animal shipments on a day to day basis and they do take as much care of them as you would yourself. All live animal shipments are handled in full compliance with the IATA Live Animal Regulations (LAR) and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES).

Since June 2011 Brussels airlines accepts valuable cargo like; banknotes, diamonds, gold bars, valuable documents… on some of their flights. The airline transport these valuables in a secure way and with a maximum of discretion. Please note that not every station is open for valuables.

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