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Brussels Airlines Adds Tenth Airbus A330 to Long Haul Fleet

Brussels Airlines will add a tenth Airbus A330 to their fleet which will be operational from summer 2024, returning the carrier’s long-haul fleet to the pre-pandemic level. The added capacity will support the airline’s growth in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-300 - Courtesy Brussels Airlines

On Tuesday (September 12, 2023), Brussels Airlines announced that they will add a tenth Airbus A330 to their long-haul fleet from 2024, returning to the pre-pandemic level. With the extra capacity, Brussels Airlines will resume service to Nairobi (Kenya), and will increase to daily the frequency between Brussels and Kigali (Rwanda). This will expand the carrier’s number of destinations in Sub-Saharan Africa to 18. Brussels Airlines previously offered service to Nairobi between 2002 and 2015. In order to crew the additional A330-300, the airline will hire about 60 pilots and cabin crew members, and will also recruit additional ground service team members.

In Tuesday’s announcement, Brussels Airlines’ CEO, Dorothea von Boxberg, said,

“With the addition of Nairobi to our network, daily frequencies to Kigali and extra flights to West Africa, we offer more choice to our passengers travelling to and from Africa than ever. The tenth intercontinental aircraft is a clear sign of Lufthansa Group’s trust in Brussels Airlines and strengthens our role as the hub to Africa for the Group.”

Also commenting on the airline’s new service between Brussels and Nairobi, Lufthansa Group’s General Manager – East Africa, Kevin Markette, said,

“Kenya remains a focus market for Lufthansa Group in East Africa, largely driven by the significant increase in demand and resurgence in travel, coupled with the immense support of the local community within the region. I am pleased that we continue to grow our presence in Kenya, underlining Lufthansa Group’s commitment to Kenya and the region as a whole. With the addition of the six weekly Brussels Airlines’ flights to Nairobi, Lufthansa Group will offer 18 weekly connections to Kenya in summer 2024, including daily Lufthansa flights to the capital and five weekly direct Discover Airlines flights to Mombasa.”

Brussels Airlines' Schedule Between Brussels and Nairobi, Kenya - Courtesy Brussels Airlines

Brussels Airlines is the national carrier of Belgium and a member of the Lufthansa Group. The carrier connects the European capital to over 85 destinations including 18 in Sub-Saharan Africa. Brussels Airlines operates a fleet of 38 aircraft including Airbus A319s, A320s and 10 A330-300s, and will add five new Airbus A320neos by 2024. The airline has 3,200 team members and supports over 40,000 direct and indirect jobs. The carrier offers competitive fares and the highest levels of service quality, including bespoke onboard meals curated by yearly changing ‘Belgian Star Chefs.’ Founded in 2002, Brussels Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance and is 100 percent owned by Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

Source: Brussels Airlines


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