Brussels Airlines has entered what it describes as a new era as it takes delivery of its first Airbus A320neo.
An Important Future With The A320neo
The first Airbus A320neo delivered from Toulouse arrived at the home base of Brussels Airlines.
This is also the first time the airline has received an aircraft directly from the manufacturer, as stated in their press release.
Additionally, the A320neo is slated to use less fuel, enhancing overall noise reduction by 50% compared to previous-generation types. Notably, too, the aircraft see fewer CO2 emissions.
Brussels Airlines sees their Airbus A320neo configured with 180 seats, and this will be the first unit of five slated to join by the end of 2024.
Registered as OO-SBA, this being the first unit from the A320neo has been labelled as a crucial part of the fleet modernisation efforts.
Brussels Airlines says that its A320neo harbours an additional range capability of 500km compared to its predecessor. While also sharklets save an additional 800 tons of carbon equivalents per aircraft per year.
Comments From Executives
It is crucial for us to modernize our fleet to be able to reduce our carbon footprint. The A320neo reduces both noise and CO2 footprint significantly compared to the current generation of A320s. We are happy to get the first brand-new aircraft directly from Airbus in Toulouse, to be followed by 4 more by the end of next year. This is a milestone in our history, so today is really a moment of pride.Dorothea von Boxberg, CEO, Brussels Airlines
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.Dorothea von Boxberg, CEO, Brussels Airlines
The Brussels Airlines Fleet
Brussels Airlines operates with 44 in-service aircraft spread across all Airbus-produced planes.
Its most significant fleet type, when measured by active units, comes from the A320-200, where 18 units remain in service.
Away from the A320-200, its only other previous generation narrowbody comes with 16 A319-100s.
The airline also utilises a fleet of 9 Airbus A330-300s for its widebody operation. Thanks to the delivery of its first A320neo, it now has one of these to its name.