Brussels Airlines announces cabin upgrade

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(eTN) – It was learned over the weekend from a regular source in Kampala that the Belgian national airline, Brussels Airlines, is planning to upgrade their entire A330 fleet, presently comprising 6 aircraft, to a new standard. The first such retrofitted aircraft will be deployed on the upcoming route to New York, but all services to East and West Africa will progressively also see the new cabin standards, when the re-configuration will be completed when the birds undergo maintenance.

In particular, the new business class cabin will meet the latest flat-bed standards, while the seats in economy class will feature individual entertainment system access with screens embedded in the backrests of the seats.

The estimated cost of the cabin upgrade is in the region of US$40 million, an investment a source said “is necessary and worth it to stay abreast with the latest seat innovations and to stay competitive in the Ugandan market, which has seen a lot more competition since last year than ever before.”

True enough, says this correspondent, considering that 2011 saw 11 new frequencies per week from the Gulf alone, with Gulf Air now flying 4 times a week between Bahrain and Entebbe, while 5-star airline, Qatar Airways, now flies daily between Doha and Entebbe.