This morning at 11:12 Brussels Airlines’ Airbus A330 (OO-SFU) departed Brussels Airport for its very first scheduled flight to Mumbai, India.
Brussels Airlines will connect Brussels Airport 5 times a week to the Indian metropolis Mumbai.
The flight schedule consists of day flights to Mumbai on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The flights depart in the morning and arrive late in the evening in Mumbai’s Chattrapathi Shivaji International Airport. The flights leave Mumbai from the modern terminal 2 on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday night and arrives in Brussels early the next morning.
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With its very first service to India, Brussels Airlines is not only targeting direct passengers, but also travellers 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.
Service adapted for Indian passengers
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.
Arnaud Feist, CEO of Brussels Airport, commented:
Restoring the direct link between Belgium and India was one of Brussels Airport’s strategic priorities following the departure of Jet Airways in March 2016. From today Brussels Airlines is operating a direct connection to Mumbai five times a week, also offering connections to Africa and North America (USA and Canada).
The Indian market is constantly changing and India is one of the most dynamic areas in the world. It is currently experiencing major economic development.
In particular Mumbai is very attractive because the city is home to many financial firms and head offices of many businesses in various sectors.
As for tourism, the India popular with globetrotters remains a fascinating country with an amazing cultural richness. 100,000 passengers a year are expected, and on board these passenger flight some freight transport is provided. Nearly 100 jobs will be created at Brussels Airport.
The Brussels-Mumbai link is part of the ever increasing number of destinations from Brussels Airport scheduled for summer 2017. With 10 new destinations and two new airlines, Brussels Airport again boosts the connectivity of our country and its position as a European hub.
You can track the first flight via Flightradar24: https://www.flightradar24.com/data/flights/sn601/#ce54688