Brussels Airlines facts for kids
|Founded||7 November 2006|
|Commenced operations||25 March 2007|
|Company slogan||We go the extra smile.|
|Parent company||Lufthansa Group|
|Headquarters||Diegem, Machelen, Belgium|
Brussels Airlines is the main Belgian airline. It flies from Brussels Airport to destinations in Europe, Africa and North America.
Brussels Airlines was created as the result of the merger of SN Brussels Airlines and Virgin Express in March 2006. SN Brussels Airlines had been created from Sabena, the former Belgian flag carrier, that had ceased operations on 7 November 2001. SN Brussels Airlines started its operations only five months later. Virgin Express was a low-cost airline, owned by the Virgin Group. In 2004, SN Airholding took over Virgin Express, and in 2006 it was announced that both companies would merge and fly under the Brussels Airlines brand. In 2008, the Lufthansa group bought 45% of Brussels Airlines' shares, and Brussels Airlines joined the Star Alliance.
Brussels Airlines has the following aircraft in its fleet:
|Airbus A319||9||132||Europe and Middle East|
|Airbus A320||2||168||Europe and Middle East|
|Airbus A330||5||284||Africa and North America|
|AVRO RJ 85||10||82||Europe|
|AVRO RJ 100||12||97||Europe|
A Virgin Express Boeing 737.
A Brussels Airlines plane in 2011.
Images for kids
A Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-300 in an interim livery
Brussels Airlines aircraft lined up at Brussels Airport
Airbus A319-100 in the new livery.
Airbus A319-100 in Star Alliance livery.
Airbus A320-200 in the former livery.
Airbus A330-300 in the former livery.