(eTN) Brussels Airlines (SN) has taken delivery of a 5th leased Airbus A330-300, which will be deployed across a growing African network in the coming days. It is understood that SN’s West African destinations like Accra, Lome, Cotonou, and Ouagadougou will be served with the new aircraft. This is in addition to code-shared flights with Germany’s Lufthansa, which are operated via of Frankfurt/Main but where travelers can board in Brussels, albeit having to change planes in FRA.
A regular source in Brussels also let it slip that SN was continuing to evaluate their presence in Eastern Africa, and that the acquisition of a 6th A 330 would likely benefit frequency and network expansion there, as for instance Tanzania is still not on SN’s map while other countries’ presently served are hoping for more flights as demand for business and leisure travel, as well as for cargo uplift, continues to grow again.
It was also learned that Brussels Airlines is again working on establishing a subsidiary company in the Congo, which could be up and running by the middle or end of next year, subject to receiving all regulatory approvals and raising the capital required for such a start up venture.