On March 30, Brussels Airlines’ Airbus A330 (OO-SFU) on flight SN601 took off from Brussels Airport (BRU) to Mumbai-Chattrapathi Shivaji (BOM), inaugurating the company’s first connection to India.
Mumbai, India’s economic metropolis, is now connected five times a week to Brussels. For a year, Europe’s capital was not directly connected to India, since scheduled flights with Jet Airways, which served both Mumbai and Delhi from Brussels, have moved its European hub to Amsterdam. Brussels Airlines’ flight now changes that.
The new route is already proving to be successful among Brussels Airlines customers. Brussels Airlines’ new scheduled flight is indeed good news for the tens of thousands of people who travel between India and Belgium each year and is vital for several economic industries (pharma, diamond, maritime industry,…). From now on they can fly directly again between Brussels and India. Also on the airfreight side, demand is high.
With its very first service to India, Brussels Airlines is not only targeting direct passengers, but also travelers who want to fly via Brussels to other destinations in the Brussels Airlines network. The flight schedule allows for smooth connections from and to destinations in Europe, Africa and North America. In India, Brussels Airlines cooperates with Star Alliance partner Air India to ensure connections via Mumbai to several other destinations in India.
For the new service, Brussels Airlines added an additional Airbus A330 to its fleet, bringing the long haul fleet to a total of 10 aircraft. The launch of the route has also led to additional employment. In total, more than 200 direct jobs have been created (pilots, cabin crew, ground staff, cargo, sales and support services).
In the last weeks, the Brussels Airlines staff followed special workshops to better understand the Indian culture In order to service its Indian guests in their local languages, the airline hired and trained 17 Indian cabin crew members.
— Brussels Airlines