On a recent trip to Europe, I had the opportunity to fly in BRUSSELS’ Business Class on the long haul flights between Washington Dulles and Brussels.   For my return flight, I was given permission to board shortly after the crew so that I could spend some ‘alone’ time with the A330 prior to general boarding.  I had about 20 minutes to spend in the aircraft with full access which gave me a good opportunity to take pictures of the Economy and Business Class cabins.   I’ll focus on the Business Class cabin with this post and take a look at the Economy Class cabin in a future write-up.

Brussels’ Business Class cabin offers seating for 22 passengers in an alternating 1-2-1 / 2-1-2 seating configuration across the cabin.  What I mean by this is that rows alternate between the 2 seat layouts.  Row 1 is a 1-2-1 configuration, row 2 is 2-1-2, row 3 is 1-2-1, row 4 is 2-1-2 and row 5 is 1-2-1 creating a herringbone-like seat map:


a screenshot of a computer game

Brussels A330 Business Class Seat Map (Courtesy of ExpertFlyer.com)


This is a fairly unique layout since a fair amount of potential additional seats are given up in lieu of  additional space for the single seats.  Most airlines would have a 2-2-2 configuration to maximize utilization of space for revenue purposes.   For those of  you familiar with SWISS’ long haul business class,  this is a very similar seat design and layout.

Due to this layout, the cabin feels very spacious and is the ultimate treat for the solo traveler.  As you’ll see in the following pictures, the solo traveler has an enormous amount of space which in most cases even exceeds what First Class passengers have on other airlines.   Being that BRUSSELS operates their long A330 in a 2-class cabin (Business and Economy), this actually felt more like First Class than Business Class.

Having the cabin all to myself, I was able to take several photos that show the cabin in better detail than I could with passengers aboard. Hopefully the photos convey the quality of the cabin and generous seat layout!


an airplane with seats and a few windows

  Looking at the cabin from row 1 provides a good view at the alternating seat layout

  a seat in a plane For solo travelers, the amount of space is extraordinary.

a row of seats with monitors on the side of the plane

A view of the center and left side of the cabin


a row of seats with monitors on the side of the plane

A look at the right-hand side of the cabin.

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Another perspective of the cabin showing the alternating 1-2-1 / 2-1-2 configuration.


a seat in an airplane with a suitcase and a cabinet

Seat 1A would be mine for the ride home……

a close up of a plug and outlet

Each seat comes with a USB port, headphone jack and power outlet. An additional USB port and headphone jack are located on the IFE screen.


a close up of a power outlet

A flexible and dimmable LED lamp for added lighting.

a pillow on a bed

The seat offers ‘full 180 degree flat’ mode for sleeping


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An additional control panel reveals itself when the seat is in flat mode. This allows for easy access to seat position, lighting, massage and cushion firmness when the seat is laid flat.


a tv on the side of an airplane

A cubby hole allows for full seat extension and room for the tallest passengers.  The IFE screen is bright and touch sensitive, additionally you can control the IFE with a remote.  Glare can be an issue, but is easily resolved by lowering the window shade.

a silver device with buttons on it

The main side of the remote contains controls for volume, lighting and attendant call. The square lens to the left allows for you to control the cursor on the screen with your thumb, similar to a trackpad.  The main control panel (pictured below the remote) provides nearly infinite seat adjustment possibilities.


a video game controller on a table

The other side of the remote contains controls for the video games found on the IFE menu.



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