November 4 2023  |  Airline & Terminal News

Brussels Airlines welcomes A320neo

By Robynne Trueman

Fresh from the factory, the A320neo arrives at Brussels Airport from Toulouse

For the first time in the airline’s history, Brussels Airlines has welcomed a factory-fresh A320neo to its fleet. In a November 1 press release, the company said that welcoming the new aircraft to the fleet “represents the beginning of an exciting new era with growth and focus on sustainability.”

The A320neo uses less fuel and produces fewer CO2 emissions, as well as seeing a 50 percent noise reduction compared to previous aircraft generation, the press release said. The aircraft was delivered from Airbus in Toulouse, with the new plane landing on November 1 at its new home base, Brussels Airport.

In addition to its sustainability, the A320neo is an exciting addition to the fleet for the enhancements it brings to the passenger experience. The baggage compartments have a 40 percent larger volume and can hold 60 percent more suitcases since the bags can be stored vertically.

The aircraft also features a flexible lighting system that adapts to passengers’ biorhythms depending on the time of day. This feature illuminates the cabin in warm orange or cooler blue tones based on the phase of the flight. The aircraft is equipped with 180 seats and is one of five that will join the airline’s fleet by the end of 2024.

“Brussels Airlines has worked hard on becoming profitable. The first brand-new aircraft for our airline shows the continued support and trust of Lufthansa Group in our team. I would like to thank all our team members working on making Brussels Airlines successful – whether they offer excellent customer service or help in making us more effective. We’ve come a long way at Brussels Airlines, and we are happy that we start picking the fruit of our work,” said Dorothea von Boxberg, CEO, Brussels Airlines.

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