DALLAS — Belgian national airline Brussels Airlines (SN) has announced that it plans to acquire an additional Airbus A330 aircraft in the summer of 2024. This new addition to their fleet will help strengthen their presence in the African market next year.
With the acquisition of this new aircraft, Brussels Airlines will expand its A330-300 fleet to a maximum of 10 units. Currently, the average age of their fleet is 17.5 years, which is one of the highest in the Lufthansa Group and across Europe.
This upcoming addition to their fleet will enable SN to expand its route network to the Sub-Saharan region. They will increase the frequency of flights to Kigali (KGL), Rwanda, and also introduce a new non-stop route to Nairobi (NBO), Kenya, by July 2024.
Dorothea von Boxberg, CEO of Brussels, 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 traveling 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.”
Inside the Lufthansa Group, aircraft transfers from fleet to fleet are very common. Image: Lufthansa Group
Lufthansa Group A330 Interchange
Within an airline holding, it is common practice to transfer aircraft between subsidiary fleets in order to meet the operational needs and air travel demands of each brand.
The Lufthansa Group, which includes Lufthansa (LH), Austrian Airlines (OS), Swiss International Airlines (LX), Eurowings (EW), Discover (4Y), and SN, regularly rotates its entire fleet among these subsidiaries.
Currently, SN operates two A330-300 aircraft with registrations OO-SFB and OO-SFJ, which were transferred from EW and still bear the low-cost carrier’s livery while flying under the SN brand.
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