Brussels Airlines aligns fare classes with Lufthansa’s
Brussels Airlines will now offer five fare classes on short and medium-haul flights from 1 September, the Belgian airline announced on Wednesday. This brings it into line with the offer of the other operators of the Lufthansa Group.
Plus: those flying Economy Class will soon be able to take less hand luggage with them. “It is a question of more adapter fares that are better suited to the wishes of the customer,” emphasizes Brussels Airlines. “Passengers will have more choice and flexibility for what they buy with their tickets.”
“By aligning its offer with that of the Lufthansa Group, the Belgian airline will also benefit from the group’s investments in information technology, the development of new products, and the improvement of the passenger experience,” Brussels Airlines says in a statement.
The airline will now offer three fare classes in Economy and two in Business. Economy Light will be the lowest fare, without flexibility, and only with hand luggage. Economy Classic offers the standard fare, with a checked baggage weight of 23 kilos, and a limited degree of flexibility.
Finally, Economy Flex includes a free charge of reservation. In Business Class, Business Saver allows a certain degree of flexibility, while Business Flex allows a free refund.
Four kilos less hand lugage
Brussels Airlines will also allow less hand luggage if you fly Economy Class. The airline will reduce the maximum allowed weight to 8 kg with an additional “small personal item”. Currently, there is a limit of 12 kg for one piece of hand baggage and one personal item. The hand baggage limit in Economy Class is reduced on all flights, including long-haul flights.
Consistent travel experience
With the reform, Brussels Airlines takes over the fares of the ‘Network Airlines’ of parent group Lufthansa. These are the companies that represent the higher-value segment within the group. In addition to Lufthansa itself, they are Austrian Airlines and Swiss. The aim is to provide customers with a “consistent travel experience” across the various Lufthansa brands.
Negative operating result
Brussels Airlines, like all other airlines, has been severely affected by the corona crisis. In the first half of 2020, for example, it recorded an adjusted negative operating result of 182 million euros.
From 21 March to 14 June, it canceled all its scheduled flights. It only carried out flights for repatriation and medical transport. During the first six months of this year, Brussels Airlines, therefore, carried 67% fewer passengers (1,6 million).
Lufthansa’s Belgian subsidiary was recently rescued from bankruptcy thanks to an aid package of €460 million from the Belgian government (in the form of a loan) and its main shareholder Lufthansa. The company also has to implement a restructuring that has been agreed between management and the unions.
The German airline group is already €3,6 billion in the red for the first half of the year. Naked redundancies are unavoidable, according to the company Thursday.