Additional job at Brussels Airlines with the reintroduction of the 9th Airbus A330
Brussels Airlines is banking on growth in Africa, its most important market. After having reduced its intercontinental fleet from 10 to 8 aircraft as part of its turnaround program in 2020, Brussels Airlines now sees an opportunity to further expand its intercontinental offer. In June 2022, a 9e The A330 will become operational in the Brussels Airlines fleet.
With this additional capacity, the Lufthansa group’s Africa expert will reopen the West African stations Conakry and Ouagadougou and add frequencies on its connections from Brussels Airport to Freetown, Monrovia, Banjul and Lomé.
As part of the resizing of the network during the recovery plan of the airline Reboot Plus following the COVID-19 crisis, Brussels Airlines has interrupted its operations to Conakry (Guinea) and Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso) in 2020. The first objective of the recovery plan was to structurally reduce the company’s cost structure to a competitive level, in order to create a sustainable future for Brussels Airlines. The airline is now seeing increasing demand in the market, creating an opportunity to once again expand its presence in West Africa.
“We have always said that we would aim for growth as soon as market conditions permit. As we see strong demand in the West African market, we want to seize the opportunity to move towards growth and invest in an expansion of our African network. The award of this aircraft to Brussels Airlines is a clear sign of Lufthansa‘s confidence in Brussels Airlines and once again confirms our position as an expert on Africa within the Lufthansa group ”, noted Pierre Gerber, CEO of Brussels Airlines.
“We are happy to welcome Conakry and Ouagadougou back to the Brussels Airlines network. With the additional A330 aircraft, we will operate 3 weekly flights to Conakry and Ouagadougou as well as add additional frequencies to Freetown, Monrovia, Banjul and Lomé ”, added Jan Derycke, Network and Planning Manager
The additional intercontinental plane also creates new jobs for the company. Brussels Airlines will hire 50 cabin crew members, who will join the company in the coming months. As promised during its restructuring, the Belgian employer will first offer the positions open to former cabin crew who did not see their temporary contract extended last year due to the coronavirus crisis. For the community of Brussels Airlines pilots, this offers prospects for medium-haul pilots to move into the long-haul sector.