Brussels Airlines adds DC in summer 2013


A regular source from Brussels Airlines has today confirmed what the grapevine has been talking about for a while, that after the launch of daily flights to New York in June last year, Washington DC will be the airline’s second destination in the United States.

The success of the flights to the Big Apple had for some time given rise to hope for a second key destination, and SN will commence these flights on the 18th June, then operating initially 5 flights a week.

The nonstop service will connect the US capital with the European capital city of Brussels, a key route for not just government officials and military personnel attached to the NATO Headquarter in Brussels, but increasingly also tourists and business visitors.

Brussels Airlines will for this route use a new Airbus, due for delivery in time for the launch, in their state of the art configuration of 30 seats in Business Class and either 238 (A330-200) or 254 (A330-300) seats in Economy Class, where an 83 cm legroom makes it one of the most comfortable on any airline, besides the latest technology ergonomic seats with individual 22.6 cm touchscreen and that important USB port to power personal devices.

Having just been able to sample the new seat product a few days ago on a flight between Kigali and Nairobi, it is clear that the 30 million Euro retrofitting was absolutely worth the money. The 2 metre long flatbed seats / beds are certainly top of the range and the enhanced catering in both classes brought back the Savoir Vivre in the air and earned Brussels Airlines already, within months, a second place globally in ‘Best Airline Cuisine’ by Global Traveller ( while the same survey put SN on top of the global rankings for ‘Wines on Wings – Best International Business Class’.

Travelers from the four East African destinations Entebbe, Kigali, Bujumbura and Nairobi will from June onwards be able to fly with one stop, via the time saving Brussels hub, to the American capital and of course to New York too, making SN undoubtedly an airline of choice for those heading to the US.

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