Between 2018 and 2019, Brussels Airlines will welcome seven Airbus A330-300 aircraft, to replace seven older A330-200 and A330-300 aircraft that are nearing the end of their leasing period.
Over the past few months, Brussels Airlines, together with the Lufthansa Group, conducted a comprehensive study on the replacement of seven of their ten long-haul aircraft.
Based on this study, the Brussels Airlines board recently approved the purchase of seven Airbus A330-300s.
From a commercial, economic and operational point of view, the Airbus A330-300 is the best aircraft type for the airline’s long-haul business, which it wishes to further expand.
The Airbus A330 will be equipped with new cabins in all three travel classes.
With this decision, Brussels Airlines remains devoted to the Airbus A330, one of the most successful aircraft within the Airbus range.
While Brussels Airlines is currently flying with different engine types, the new planes will come in a CEO configuration, equipped with Rolls Royce Trent 700 engines.
This engine type that consumes less fuel and emits less noise and CO2, is already in used by several other Lufthansa Group airlines.
The fleet replacement will start in 2018.
“Just a few months after the complete acquisition of Brussels Airlines, Lufthansa, on behalf of the Eurowings Group, takes an important investment decision, confirming its confidence in the sustainable future and development of Brussels Airlines in general and its successful long-haul operations in particular.
“This is the largest investment project in Brussels Airlines’ 15-year history.
“Thanks to this fleet replacement project, we will be able to offer our customers even more comfort, with quieter, more efficient and more environmentally friendly aircraft,” said Bernard Gustin, chief executive, Brussels Airlines.