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Brussels Airlines History

Brussels Airlines is the flag carrier airline of Belgium, with its headquarters located at Brussels Airport. The airline was founded on November 7, 2006, and commenced operations on March 25, 2007, after the merger of SN Brussels Airlines and Virgin Express. It is currently a member of the Star Alliance, a global airline alliance.

Brussels Airlines has a rich history rooted in the aviation industry of Belgium. It traces its origins back to 2001 when SN Brussels Airlines was established as the successor of the bankrupt Belgian national airline, Sabena. SN Brussels Airlines aimed to rebuild the Belgian flag carrier and restore its presence in the international aviation market.

After a successful period of operations, SN Brussels Airlines merged with Virgin Express in 2006. This merger resulted in the creation of Brussels Airlines, which adopted the SN Brussels Airlines brand and continued to operate under its name. The merger allowed Brussels Airlines to expand its network and offer a wider range of destinations to its passengers.

More Airline Insights & Tips

Here are a few of helpful resources & tips that can further enhance your knowledge of Brussels airlines and how to best be prepared for your trip:

  • Delays are an unfortunate fact of the life of an air traveler. Arm yourself against surprises by knowing the flight status of your SN Brussels flight before heading to the airport, as this could save you a lot of time, or even your trip to the airport if your flight is canceled.
  • Info can be found here on Brussels Airlines’s company structure, headquarters, etc.
  • See which partnerships and alliances Brussels has here. This is useful if you want to build up your frequent flyer points on partner airlines.
  • Want to know which plane types are in service? Check out SN’s fleet list here.
  • When considering a flight booking on Brussels Airlines, be aware that third-party travel sites might require you to use their customer service instead of Brussels 's, which may be less than ideal in certain situations.

Beyond the history presented here for Brussels , if you’re wanting more aviation history, read about the history of commercial flight here, or the history of the airline industry here.

Since its inception, Brussels Airlines has focused on providing high-quality service and connecting Belgium with the rest of the world. The airline operates a fleet of modern aircraft, including Airbus A319, A320, and A330, which allows it to serve both short and long-haul routes. Brussels Airlines has established itself as a reliable and customer-oriented airline, earning a reputation for its excellent onboard service and punctuality.

Over the years, Brussels Airlines has expanded its route network to cover more than 120 destinations in Europe, Africa, North America, and Asia. The airline has become a key player in the European aviation industry, connecting passengers from all over the world to the heart of Europe through its hub in Brussels.

Brussels Airlines has received several awards and accolades for its outstanding performance and commitment to customer satisfaction. It has been recognized as the Best Airline in Belgium and received the prestigious Travelers' Choice Award for Best Business Class in Europe.

For more information about this airline, check out our comprehensive Brussels Airlines Guide.

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