About Brussels Airlines
Brussels Airlines, member of Lufthansa Group and a Star Alliance member, is the Belgian airline that offers the widest choice of flights to and from the capital of Europe, Brussels Airport. The company has more than 3,500 employees and 49 aircraft operating some 300 flights daily, connecting the Capital of Europe to over 90 European and African destinations, as well as two destinations in the USA (New York JFK and Washington D.C.).
On long haul flights, the airline operates an all new Business Class with full flatbeds and state of the art inflight entertainment, and a brand new Economy class with ergonomic seats and individual inflight entertainment touchscreens. Long-haul flights are operated with Airbus A330-200 and A330-300 aircraft.
On its European routes, mainly operated with Airbus A319/A320, Brussels Airlines offers the choice between Check&Go, Light&Relax, Flex&Fast and Bizz&Class. In addition to its 19 long haul destinations in Africa and the US, Brussels Airlines and its intercontinental partners also offer long-haul codeshare flights to the United Arab Emirates, China, Thailand, India, North America and Canada.
Brussels Airlines offers cargo capacity on all its flights, commercialised by the Cargo Department. The airline also handles its own daily maintenance.
Brussels Airlines is owned by SN Airholding and is backed up by more than 90 years of aviation experience.
Our mission and values
We want to be the most personal airline, bringing people together and making travel a pleasure.
A human-scale airline, close to our guests and taking good care of them.
We make things happen by bringing people together.
We are proud to make our guests' travel a pleasure.
We act and adapt rapidly and efficiently to a changing environment.
Brussels Airlines is for almost 100% owned by the SN Airholding (1,811,308 shares out of 1,811,309 actions). The SN Airholding is owned for 45% by the Lufthansa AG.
SN Airholding is a Belgian holding of over 30 shareholders, concentrated on the air transport sector. The holding is made up of top level companies, financial institutions and investment groups such as the Virgin Group, Fortis, ING, Suez, Tractebel, Brussels Airport, la Société Régionale d’Investissements Wallone (SRIW) and Société Régionale d’Investissements Bruxelloise (SRIB), …
In 2009 Lufthansa AG, via a capital investment, purchased 45% of the company’s shares.
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.
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