Lufthansa Group’s Supervisory Board has voted to approve the acquisition of the remain share of Brussels Airlines that it previously did not own, making ‘SN’ a fully owned by the Airline Group. Up until today, Lufthansa Group had owned only 45% of SN. This decision was fully expected.
The deal is expected to be closed by the beginning of 2017.
What happens from here with Brussels remains interesting. One leading idea floating around Lufthansa Group is a plan to meld Brussels into the Eurowings LCC division to bolster EW’s position among LCC carriers in Europe. With Brussel’s 51 aircraft, most of which are short to medium haul specialists, it would seem to be the likely scenario now that LH controls all of Brussels. I
in addition to the 43 short and medium haul aircraft in Brussels’ hangar, they also operate 8 A330 aircraft which would be critically important to EW as plans exist to expand EW’s long haul network next year.
What may change this original plan was the recent news announcing Lufthansa will wet least 40 aircraft from Air Berlin and take over a substantial portion of Air Berlin’s routes in Europe that do not involve AB’s hubs in Dusseldorf and Berlin.
IF both plans come to fruition, we may see Eurowings go from a small LCC with only 34 aircraft and turn into a European LCC powerhouse with upwards of 125 aircraft in the fleet virtually overnight. This would allow EW to take a realistic run at competitors such as Ryanair and Easyjet and have it happen in fairly short order. Which has been the plan along if you ask anyone at Lufthansa.
BRUSSELS has announced it will begin service for the first time to Yerevan, Armenia beginning with their Spring/Summer 2017 timetable. The new service will be a combination of either once-weekly or twice-weekly flights depending on the month.
The planned schedule is as follows, beginning March 31:
Brussels will operate weekly flights between Brussels and Yerevan throughout the year. Flight SN2899 will depart Brussels at 9:25p on Fridays, and arrive in Yerevan at 3:55a the following morning. The return flight from Yerevan will take place on Saturdays, operating as SN2900 and will depart Yerevan at 4:45a and arrive in Brussels at 7:45a.
In addition to this once-weekly flight, SN will add a second weekly flight in July and August due to an expected increase in demand for the summer holiday season. This second flight will operate as SN2899 departing Brussels on Tuesdays at 9:25a, arriving in Yerevan at 3:55a the following morning. The return flight will operate as SN2900 and will take place on Wednesdays with a departure time of 4:45a from Yerevan, arriving in Brussels at 7:45a.
Reservations are now open for these flights.
Brussels Airlines has announced that it will begin service between Brussels, Belgium and Mumbai, India on March 26, 2017.
The new flight will operate 5 times a week under the following schedule:
Flight SN601 will depart Brussels at 10:50a and arrive in Mumbai at 11:05p (Same day). Flights will take place on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays. Flight time is estimated at 8 hours 45 minutes.
Flight SN602 will depart Mumbai at 1:05a and arrive in Brussels at 7:15a (Same day). Flights will take place on Monday, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays. Flight time is estimated at 9 hours 40 minutes.
Brussels will use their A330 aircraft on the route.
Reservations can be made now and Brussels is offering extremely attractive fares. From what I see, Economy class roundtrips are running at only $450 for most days, and a very attractive $1700 for Business Class.
Brussels has unveiled a minor adjustment to their long-haul passenger cabins by adding an Economy Plus section. The Economy Plus seats are the same seats as the normal Economy class, however seat pitch and recline angle have been increased for improved comfort. Specifically, pitch has been increased by approximately 3-4 inches, and the recline angle of the seat has been increased from 8 degrees to 20 degrees. The Economy Plus section will take up the first 4 rows of the Economy cabin aboard their A330s serving North America and Africa.
To mark the introduction of this new seat plan, SN has randomly awarded 20,000 passengers traveling in July and August a complimentary upgrade from Economy to Economy Plus. Otherwise, the upgrade cost from ‘Y’ to ‘Y+’ will be a flat €120 per segment. For a limited time however, SN is offering this upgrade for only €99 each way. The upgrade is available from any Economy Class fare.
A couple of amenities come with Y+ as well. Passengers will be offered a glass of champagne before departure, an amenity kit, and a box of chocolates.
Starting this month, Brussels has radically expanded their in-flight dining options for flights operated within Europe.
In association with Belgian food company ‘Foodmaker’, Brussels will now offer passengers a wide variety of options that are quite unconventional as far as airline food is concerned.
For passengers flying under Flex&Fast fares, they’ll be treated to complimentary warm meals for flights over 2 hours long. For passengers flying on ‘Light&Relax’ fares, they will have a large menu of options to choose from, at reasonable prices.
The menu options include creative beverages, pastries, salads, wraps, and sandwiches…..all made with a focus on fresh and healthy ingredients sourced from local Belgian suppliers.
I’ve attached the menu in place between June and August (Click on the link to open the PDF):