Brussels Airline is the flag carrying airline of Belgium, and is currently the largest airline based in the country. Serving over 65 destinations across 20 European countries, Brussels Airlines also offers long-haul flights with services to North America and Africa. A member of Star Alliance since 2009, Brussels Airlines is also a member of Lufthansa’s frequent flyer programme “Miles and More.”
How to Check In
Brussels Airlines offer their passengers a range of check-in options. Online and mobile check-in are available from 24 hours up until 1 hour before departure, and is available on all flights except those leaving Ajaccio, Bari, Bastia, Cagliari, Figari and Montpellier. Online check-in comes with a unique perk: a free digital copy of a newspaper to read on the flight. If you’re travelling from an airport that doesn’t have a mobile boarding pass scanner you’ll need to visit the check-in counter or baggage drop-off point to have your pass printed. Express check-in machines are available for b.light economy passengers travelling from Barcelona, Bristol, Birmingham, Brussels, Copenhagen, Budapest, Edinburgh, Lisbon, Geneva, London, Moscow, Manchester, Prague, Nice, Rome and Toulouse. If you’re travelling from Kigali, Kinshasa or Monrovia you can save time by checking in at one of Brussels Airlines city offices. Old fashioned airport check-in is also available worldwide, without surcharge.
Baggage Allowance and Fees
Your free luggage allowance depends on your flight class and destination. On short-haul flights (and flights to Agadir, Tel Aviv, and Marrakech) economy and economy plus passengers can bring one bag weighing up to 23kg and measuring no more than 158cm. Business class passengers can bring two bags measuring no more than 158cm and weighing no more than 32kg. On long-haul flights to Africa, economy travellers can bring two bags weighing up to 23kg and measuring up to 158cm. Business class passengers get two bags of the same dimension, but weighing up to 32kg. On long-haul flights between Europe and the USA economy passengers can bring one 23kg, 158cm bag and business class passengers can bring two 32kg, 158cm bag.
Seating – Leg Room, Choosing Seats
You can choose your seat when you check-in. Legroom is fairly standard, with a seat pitch of 30” on short haul flights. Long haul economy boasts between 32 and 34” seat pitch, and business class passengers benefit from an extra comfortable 42-45” pitch.
For flights originating from the UK there’s a flat fee of £4.50 for booking with credit card or Paypal.
Meals, Snacks, Drinks
Economy passengers on long haul benefit from a hot meal, complimentary drinks, and ice cream. Business class passengers also receive a meal, followed by coffee, liqueur, and Belgian chocolates. They can also choose from an impressive wine list, with five different cellar bottles wines. Economy travellers can buy snacks and drinks on board short haul flights, although a free meal is provided on flights between Brussels and Agadir, Marrakech, Athens and Moscow. Business class passengers enjoy a free meal with a welcome drink and delicious Belgian chocolates. Since November 2013 Brussels Airlines has been featuring meals designed by some of Belgium’s top Michelin starred chefs. Geert Van Hecke, Julien Lahire, and Thomas Locus have all contributed to the menu.
More than eight out of ten (82%) of Brussels Airlines flights arrived and departed on time during 2013.