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Brussels Airlines to add Three Airbus A320neos to Their Fleet by Summer 2023

The Lufthansa Group Executive Board and the Board of Directors of SN Airholding have approved the allocation of three new Airbus A320neos to Brussels Airlines, which will join the carrier by summer 2023.

Airbus A320neo - Courtesy Brussels Airlines/Airbus

Today (June 29, 2021), Brussels Airlines announced that the Lufthansa Group’s Executive Board and SN Airholding Board of Directors have approved the allocation of three new fuel efficient Airbus A320neos to the carrier’s fleet by summer 2023. In comparison the Airbus A319s they will replace, the A320neos will offer an 11 percent fuel burn reduction and a 50 percent smaller noise footprint. With a 27 percent higher seating capacity, the fuel use per seat will be reduced by 30 percent. When compared to an Airbus A320ceo, the new aircraft will deliver a 16 percent fuel burn and CO2 emissions reduction. Brussels Airlines currently has a fleet of 38 aircraft including eight Airbus A330s, 16 Airbus A320s and 14 A319s.

In Tuesday’s announcement, Brussels Airlines’ CEO, Peter Gerber, said,

“As a responsible airline with ambitious sustainability targets, it’s crucial for us to continue our path of further modernizing our fleet. Thanks to our mother company Lufthansa, we are for the very first time in our 19 year-long history able to replace older A319 Airbus by three modern and fuel efficient aircraft that will leave the Airbus factory by summer 2023. Compared to our A319 aircraft, the three A320neo will allow a noise contour reduction of 50% and reduce fuel use and CO2-emissions by 11% per flight. Thanks to the higher seating capacity of this ultra-modern Airbus, the fuel use and CO2 emissions per seat decrease with 30%.”

Also commenting on the fleet renewal initiative, Brussels Airlines COO, Edi Wolfensberger, added,

“Needless to say, that we are extremely enthusiastic to welcome the Airbus A320neo in our fleet. The modern General Electric CFM engines of the Airbus A320neo are renowned for their fuel efficiency and lower noise contour. Next to that, the three new aircraft will bring us closer to our target of a fully harmonized A320 medium-haul fleet to aircraft only, herewith not only further reducing the complexity of our Maintenance & Engineering activities but as well the whole operation. Due to the high similarity with the current fleet, the crews are able to operate the new aircraft after a short familiarization, this makes the integration seamless.”

Brussels Airlines is the national carrier of Belgium and a member of the Lufthansa Group. In 2019, the carrier transported over 10 million passengers to, from and via Brussels Airport. Brussels Airlines normally connects the European capital to over 70 destinations including 54 European, 15 African and two North American cities. The airline has over 3,300 employees and supports more than 40,000 direct and indirect jobs. Brussels Airlines offers competitive fares and the highest levels of service quality, including bespoke onboard meals curated by yearly changing ‘Belgian Star Chefs.’ The carrier currently operates a fleet of 38 aircraft including eight Airbus A330s, 16 A320s and 14 A319s. From summer 2023, the carrier will add three new fuel-efficient Airbus A320neos to their fleet. Founded in 2002, Brussels Airlines is a member of the Star Alliance and is 100% owned by Deutsche Lufthansa AG.

Source: Brussels Airlines

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