Brussels Airlines is expanding its fleet and offering in preparation for summer 2023. It is also creating more than 200 new jobs. The airline is thus adding five new Airbus A320 neo aircraft to its fleet, reducing its carbon footprint. Most of the additional jobs are flying personnel, some of whom are already being trained.
Brussels Airlines made record profits in the third quarter of this year. The adjusted operating profit or ‘adjusted debit’ amounted to 51 million euros, “the best quarterly result in Brussels Airlines’ 20-year history,” the airline said.
Two extra neos
On top of three new A320 neos to join the Brussels Airlines fleet in 2023, the board of directors has approved the arrival of two additional new A320 neos in 2024. According to Brussels Airlines, fleet renewal is today the most powerful measure to reduce CO2 and noise emissions from flights.
Brussels Airlines plans to halve its CO2 emissions by 2030 compared to 2019 and aims to be CO2 neutral by 2050. The A320 neo consumes 15 to 20% less fuel than the A320 ceo and produces 50% less noise.
“As the A320 neo will replace A319 aircraft, fuel consumption per flight will decrease by 11%, while fuel consumption per seat for the same flight will decrease by 30% thanks to the larger number of seats,” Brussels Airlines says.
The Brussels Airlines fleet will thus consist of 36 medium-haul aircraft, including two wet-lease CRJ aircraft with CityJet, and nine long-haul aircraft.
Brussels Airlines is preparing for a summer of new destinations in Europe and additional frequencies to existing European destinations. The company had to cancel 6% of its flights this summer to reduce the workload.
To that end, the airline will recruit 20 more pilots and 90 more cabin crew members in the coming months so that they can complete their training before the start of the summer.
In addition, the airline is also looking for 30 technicians and engineers, about 50 airport staff, and 40 commercial & support positions. That brings the total number of vacancies to 230.
The social dialogue between unions and management is also apparently running optimally again after last summer’s strikes due to heavy workloads. However, according to the newspaper L’Echo, the trade union CNE is still getting a lot of complaints from workers who fly long-haul alternating with Europe, a heavy combination.
New destinations in Tunisia
The airline expects its operations in the European sector to grow by 10% next summer. From the start of the summer season on 26 March 2023, Brussel Airlines will offer flights to Billund in Denmark, Brindisi in Italy, the Tunisian cities Djerba and Monastir, Warschau, and Zürich, six new destinations in the airline’s network.
To Berlin, Bordeaux, Chania, Frankfurt, Gothenburg, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Kos, Las Palmas, Lyon, Madrid, Munich, Palma de Mallorca, Tenerife, and Zurich, the Belgian home carrier is increasing the number of flights.