Brussels Airlines commenced operations to Kiev Boryspil on 17 October. Among those at the launch in Ukraine were: Pavel Ryabikin, CEO, Kiev Boryspil Airport (fifth left); Minister of Infrastructure of Ukraine, Volodymyr Omelyan (sixth left); Ambassador of Belgium to Ukraine, Alex Lenaerts (fifth right); and René Köinzák, General Director of Lufthansa Group in Ukraine (fourth right). The Ukrainian airport also market the carrier’s arrival with a traditional cake.
A small ceremony was also had at Brussels Airport before passengers boarded the inaugural flight to Kiev Boryspil on 17 October, with the Belgian hub handing out chocolates and a commemorative postcard.
- Brussels Airlines commenced operations between Brussels (BRU) and Kiev Boryspil (KBP) on 17 October, with the Star Alliance member planning to serve the 1,852-kilometre sector four times weekly in W18/19. The Belgian flag carrier will operate the route using its fleet of A319s, however for the inaugural flight, the airline used its ‘Red Devils’ A320 registered OO-SNA. Competition on the airport pair comes from Ukraine International Airlines, with the latter carrier offering nine weekly flights between the two airports according to OAG schedules, with this data also confirmed by Flightradar24.com. Brussels Airlines becomes the eighth Star Alliance member to serve Kiev Boryspil, with the others being Adria Airways, Aegean Airlines, Austrian Airlines, Lufthansa, LOT Polish Airlines, SWISS and Turkish Airlines.