As per 14AUG13 GDS timetable/inventory display, brussels airlines has loaded Summer 2014 Brussels – New York JFK service changes, which Airbus A330-200 aircraft operates this route 6 times a week from 30MAR14, instead of A330-300. Further changes remain possible.
It seems that SN has gotten back to their senses about the realities of the JFK route. JFK is A332 at best, as I said and I didn't understand their logic for going A333, as it's too much aircraft for that route, regardless of any reduced competition. When you have a yield problem, you only make it worse by feeding overcapacity be it in C or Y class.
Sure the difference is only 16 seats per flight, but on the Africa routes, those 16 seats can add 15.000 euro of revenue to a flight (30.000 per day), without forgetting the additional cargo revenue.
Maybe after time they can grow back to A333, but they need to be using their big equipment in Africa where the money is.