Brussels Airlines Joins Star Alliance

ON DECEMBER 9, 2009, at an official ceremony held in Brussels’ historic Grand-Place, the CEOs of the Star Alliance member airlines welcomed Brussels Airlines to the ‘family’.
The carrier describes itself as the Belgian airline offering: “”the widest choice of flights to and from the capital of Europe”.  With a fleet of 51 aircraft, it operates 200 daily flights to 55 European airports and 14 African destinations.
With the addition of Brussels Airlines, customers on the Star Alliance network can now choose from more than 19,700 daily flights to reach 1,077 destinations in 175 countries.  New to the network are more connections from Brussels Airport, which has now become a Star Alliance hub.  These include four destinations in Africa which were previously not being served by other Star Alliance member carriers: Bujumbura, Burundi; Conakry, Guinea; Kigali, Ruanda and Monrovia, Liberia.  Eleven Star Alliance members serve 81 destinations in 40 countries across Africa.
Belgium has now become a home market for the Star Alliance network, thereby improving the customer proposition for both business and leisure customers.  Hence, Star Alliance can now offer an enhanced portfolio of flight connections from Brussels, including many more nonstop flights which benefits the various multinational companies and political institutions that are based in Belgium.
On the fares side, Brussels Airlines is participating in three alliance products: the Round the World fare, Europe Airpass and Africa Airpass.  For the first of these, customers can make use of Brussels Airlines’ flights when creating their itineraries, especially for flights within Europe and to and from Africa.
For visitors to Europe, the extensive network from Brussels creates new possibilities to travel on the Europe Airpass.  For the Africa Airpass, Brussels Airlines provides numerous connections to Africa.
Last but not least, Frequent Flyer benefits have also been enhanced, with passengers from all member airlines now able to earn and redeem miles on more flights than ever before.
Brussels Airlines’ HON Circle and Senator card-holders have been given Star Alliance Gold status, and its Frequent Traveller card holders have Star Alliance Silver status.  All other Star Alliance Gold and Silver status holders will be given the appropriate benefits when travelling on Brussels Airlines.  Gold status privileges include access to 980 lounges across the network.