Brussels Airlines is the national carrier of Belgium. The airline is based at Brussels Airport (BRU) and flies to destinations across Europe, Africa, North America and to parts of Asia. Overall, the airline flies to more than 120 destinations, making it Belgium's largest airline not only by destinations served but by passengers handled too.
The airline launched in 2005 after two existing Belgian airlines, SN Brussels Airlines and Virgin Express, merged to form Brussels Airlines. It's the third national airline in Belgium's history, after Sabena (1923–2001) and SN Brussels Airlines (2002–2006). In 2012, the airline made history when it became the first Belgian airline to fly to intercontinental flights to New York in 10 years.
Brussels Airlines is one of the subsidiary airlines of Lufthansa, along with Air Dolomiti, Austrian Airlines, Eurowings (and subsidiaries) and SWISS (and subsidiaries). The airline is also one of many French-speaking airlines that have cabin crew fluent in French.
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With Brussels Airlines, you're permitted to bring carry-on and checked baggage. Free checked baggage depends on the route you're flying. Weight and size restrictions will also vary. Read on for more information.
Passengers are entitled to one item of free carry-on baggage, as well as a small personal item. Business Class passengers are entitled to one additional checked baggage.
The carry-on bag must fit within the dimensions of 40 cm x 23 cm x 55 cm (15.7" x 9" x 21.6") and the personal item must fit within the dimensions of 40 cm x 10 cm x 30 cm (15.7" x 3.9" x 11.8") and must be stored underneath the seat in front of the passenger.
Personal items include items such as a handbag, a laptop and a camera.
The overall weight limit for carry-on baggage is 8 kg for Economy Class passengers and 16 for Business Class passengers, spreading into two pieces of baggage.
Brussels Airlines reserves the right to refuse any items brought onboard the aircraft. Any items may be asked to be transported as checked baggage.
The free checked baggage allowance will depend on the route that the passenger is flying and the cabin class that they're flying in. Passengers can use the Brussels Airlines baggage calculator to find out how much baggage they're entitled to.
As a general rule, checked baggage cannot exceed a maximum dimension of 158cm (62.2") in sum of three dimensions and it cannot weight over 32kg.
Excess baggage is available to be purchased during the booking process. Each passenger could have a maximum of five pieces of checked baggage allowed.
There are 3 cabin classes that Brussels Airlines offers. Each class has its own facilities, services and benefits that cater to all passengers.
Economy Class Facilities
Ergonomic seats with an adjustable leather headrest, Generous leg space, Revolutionary inflight entertainment system with one of the largest individual Economy Class touch screens.
Passengers can enjoy a choice of hot meals with salads, puddings, cheeses and unlimited complimentary drinks.
What are Economy Class seats like?
Economy Class seats are set out in a 2 x 3, 3 x 3 or 2 x 4 x 2 configurations. Seats give ample legroom with 33 inches of pitch.
Premium Economy Class Facilities
On the ground, passengers are given access to premium check-in desks, as well as access to the airline's Business Class lounge.
In-fight, passengers on Premium Economy can enjoy services in a secluded section of the cabin.
Premium Economy seats come with a soft pillow for ultimate relaxation, as well as a larger HD 13.3" (touch screen monitor, which can be used for the airline's in-flight entertainment system.
Passengers can also enjoy food and drinks from the airline's in-flight menu.
What are Premium Economy seats like?
Premium Economy seats are set out in a 2 x 3 x 2 configuration. Seats come with a large headrest and give 23% more legroom and 56% more recline than seats in standard Economy Class.
Business Class Facilities
On the ground, passengers are given a generous baggage allowance, free lounge access, modifiable and refundable tickets at no extra charge and fast Lane access to boarding and check-in.
In-flight, passengers are treated to an exemplary service, delivered by the airline's expertly trained in-flight cabin crew.
Each seat has its own room with an optional 'do not disturb' sign for ultimate privacy. Passengers can choose to have a single room or double room.
The Business Class cabin has an impressive Belgian bar, with an extensive drinks menu of hot, cold, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks. On top of this, all Business Class passengers are treated to a 5-course dining experience, with a menu crafted by some of Belgium's finest Michelin Star chefs.
Business Class passengers have the biggest personal TV's in the aircraft — a 15.6-inch screen is fitted to every seat/room, with access to the airline's in-flight entertainment. Each passenger is given noise-cancelling headphones for the complete in-flight entertainment experience.
What are the Business Class seats Like?
Seats are set out in a 2 x 2 formation on short-haul flights and 1 x 2 x 1/ 2 x 1 x 2 formation on long-haul flights. Seats give extremely generous legroom so that passengers can stretch out as much as they want. Each seat is transformable into a full-flat bed.
On long-haul flights, passengers can enjoy blockbuster movies, TV favourites, video games and music through the airlines' in-flight entertainment system. Each passenger can enjoy Brussels Airlines in-flight entertainment through a personal TV screen on the back of the seat in front of them.
Passengers on short-haul flights can enjoy the airlines' monthly in-flight magazine, b.inspired, which covers the latest in travel, business, culture and food.
Brussels Airlines doesn't offer in-flight Wi-Fi on its flight as of now.
Different meal and beverage options are available depending on the route you're flying with Brussels Airlines. Snacks and drinks are available for European routes whereas passengers on intercontinental flights can enjoy 3-course meals.
Passengers in Economy Class can purchase a range of snacks and drinks, with hot snack options on flights over 2.5 hours, including pasta and toasties.
Passengers in Biz&Class can enjoy complimentary food and drink, including a gourmet meal, unlimited choice of items from the in-flight menu and complimentary soft and alcoholic drinks, including champagne.
Passengers in Economy Class can enjoy a three-course meal, complimentary drinks for the entire flight.
Passengers in Premium Economy can enjoy a three-course meal, complimentary drinks for the entire flight and ice cream between meals.
Passengers in Business Class are treated to a fine Business Class dining experience, which includes a three-course meal with the choice of two different starters and three different mains. Passengers can also order complimentary drinks throughout the flight, with a choice of soft and alcoholic drinks, including five different bottled wines and eight different Belgian beers. Business Class passengers are also served the choice of dessert or cheeses, ice cream between meals and Belgian chocolates.
A second meal is served to all passengers on flights over seven hours.
On Brussels Airlines, passengers travelling on flights within Europe (includes Morocco, Russia, Israel, Armenia, Egypt, Cape verde and Tunisia) will be offered snacks on board from the inflight menu. Passengers can purchase snacks when travelling on Check&Go or Light&Relax tickets, such as confectionary and light meals such as bagels and sandwiches from this menu. Hot snacks and food such as Belgian fries and waffles will be offered on flights over 2 hours.
Passengers with a Flex&Fast ticket can enjoy a complimentary snack. On morning flights, passengers will be offered a breakfast box. For flights under 2 hours but during the day, a cold wrap, salad or sandwich will be offered, and for flights over 2 hours, passengers will be offered a warm snack such as quiche or pasta.
For passengers on Bizz&Class tickets, depending on the time and duration of your flight, you will be offered a breakfast, tapas selection or snack.
For passengers with medical, religious or other specific needs, they can pre-order a special meal on intercontinental flights. The special meal selection is also available for passengers in Bizz&Class travelling on European flights (including Armenia, Morocco, Israel, Russia, Egypt, Cape Verde and Tunisia). The following are the available special meals offered on Brussels Airlines flights for passengers who qualify:
Low Fat Meal
Low Sodium Meal
Low Lactose Meal
Vegetarian Asian Meal
Vegetarian Jain Meal
Vegetarian Oriental Meal
Vegetarian Lacto-Ovo Meal
The drinks service can be viewed from the on-board menu, which can be found on the Brussels Airlines menu. Drinks available to buy include Belgium specials such as Leffe, but other alcoholic drinks such as gin, whisky, wine and sparkling wine but also soft drinks such as fruit juices, fizzy drinks, and water. Passengers with a Flex&Fast and Bizz&Class ticket can enjoy a complimentary drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic).
Online and airport check-in is available for Brussels Airlines flights. The opening and closing times for check-in will vary depending on your destination.
Passengers can check in online via the Brussels Airlines online check-in page. Online check-in opens 24 hours before the scheduled flight departure time and closes one hour before. To check in online, passengers need to enter their booking/ticket number and the last name on their booking. Alternatively, passengers can use the Brussels Airlines app to check in for their flight.
Online check-in is available on all flights, except for those departing from Dubrovnik.
Passengers can check in at the airport by visiting a check-in agent at the airline check-in desk. Airport check-in times differ deadlines differ depending on the airport of departure. Passengers can take a look at the Brussels Airlines check-in deadline tool to see the deadline for the airport that they're flying from.
At Alternative Airlines, we recommend passengers arrive at the airport two hours before the established departure time to leave plenty of time for check-in. Failure to check in on time means you may be refused to board the aircraft.
Brussels Airlines' frequent flyer program is called 'LOOP'.
Brussels Airlines offers its passengers a loyalty programme called LOOP, which rewards its frequent flyers for flying with Brussels Airlines. LOOP loyalty programme allows passengers to earn points for each Brussels Airlines' flight they purchase and use those miles to purchase future flights.
LOOP is a unique frequent flyer program due to the fact that it allows passengers to combine their points with cash to purchase flights.
Brussels Airlines is currently a member of the Star Alliance - a network of leading global airlines.
Brussels Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance airline alliance. Brussels Airlines has been a member of Star Alliance since 2009 and connects with other Star Alliance members to offers passengers greater connectivity throughout the world and a range of benefits for regularly flying with Star Alliance member airlines.
Brussels Airlines has codeshare agreements with many airlines including Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Air Malta, Jet Airways, Hainan Airlines, Royal Air Maroc, RwandAir, TAP Portugal, TAROM, Ukraine International Airlines and United Airlines.
Brussels Airlines offers flights to a range of destinations across Europe and Africa as well as select cities in North America. Click below to see all the cities and airports Brussels Airlines flies to.
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Brussels Airport is an international airport in Brussels Belgium and is the hub airport of Brussels Airlines. It's the main airport in Belgium, facilitating flights travelling across Europe, Africa, Asia and North America and handling over 25 million passengers per year. The airport has three runways and one large terminal building.
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