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