Brussels Airlines launches transatlantic flights to New York

Brussels Airport welcomed its local airline’s first route across the Atlantic – a new route to New York JFK – with a spectacular New York City-themed cake. Cutting the ribbon were Bernard Gustin, CEO Brussels Airlines, Howard Gutman (and his wife Michelle), US Ambassador to Belgium, and Arnaud Feist, CEO Brussels Airport.

  • Brussels Airlines for the first time launched a transatlantic service on 1 June when the Star Alliance airline connected its Brussels (BRU) hub with New York JFK, NY (JFK). The route was previously operated by the Belgian airline’s state-owned predecessor Sabena until its demise in 2001, but has not been served by any Belgian airline since. 284-seat A330-300 aircraft are used on the route, which now is operated daily in competition with three foreign airlines; American Airlines, Delta and Jet Airways each operate daily, however, Jet Airways will suspend its operations between Brussels and JFK in September. Indirect competition also comes from each daily Newark services on Jet Airways and Brussels Airlines’ Star Alliance partner United.

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