“There will be more than 39 planes from the summer”, declared its CEO Peter Gerber in an interview with the German specialist magazine Aerotelegraph.
In 2020, and in particular following the coronavirus crisis, Brussels Airlines had reduced its size, reducing its workforce by a quarter and its fleet by 30%. Currently, the company has 30 medium-range aircraft and eight long-range aircraft.
But “we found that 38 planes is a bit,” explained Peter Gerber. Hence the decision taken a few weeks ago to add an additional long-haul aircraft to the fleet for the summer of 2022. “In addition, we are also looking at whether we can fly more on the (European) continent and the signs actually point to more flights rather than fewer ”, the German CEO added in the interview. “I can already say that in summer there will be more than 39 planes”.
“We are indeed expecting a very busy summer, especially during the summer holidays. All forecasts are in this direction, ”adds Maaike Andries, spokesperson for Brussels Airlines, interviewed by the Belga agency. “The planes we have now, we all used them last year. So if we are to be able to meet the anticipated increased demand, we need to increase our capacity. “
According to the spokesperson, it is not yet clear how this will be done. “We are looking at all the options. “
Next year, in 2023, Brussels Airlines is also expecting new aircraft. Three brand new Airbus A320neo will indeed join the fleet to replace old A319 aircraft. It will be the first time that the airline will receive brand new planes directly from the European manufacturer.
In the interview, the boss of the company further states that the goal for this year is to break even. This is an objective of the Reboot + restructuring plan, which has not been called into question by the difficult circumstances due to the Covid. In the longer term, according to this plan, Brussels Airlines aims for a profit margin of 8%.