Brussels Airlines announced (22-Feb-2010) plans to expand services to Africa, with the delivery of an A330. Brussels Airlines will service 18 African destinations. From 01-July-2010, Brussels Airlines will launch the following services using A330 equipment:
- Brussels-Accra (Ghana): four-times weekly
- Brussels-Cotonou (Benin): twice-weekly
- Brussels-Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso): twice-weekly
- Brussels-Lome (Togo): twice-weekly
- Increase Brussels-Abidjan (Ivory Coast) services.
Due to French interest in these new destinations, Brussels Airlines will offer an additional daily Brussels-Paris CDG service from 28-Mar-2010. Brussels Airlines has also launched four times daily Brussels-London Heathrow service. [more]
Meanwhile, Brussels Airlines reportedly plans to launch a regional African airline based in the Democratic Republic of Congo this year (Africasia, 23-Feb-2010), with ownership of the airline to be split equally between Brussels Airlines and Forrest Group, a company involved in DR Congo's mining sector. The airline will reportedly initially offer scheduled Kinshasa-Lubumbashi services and then extend services to other regional routes (Alternative Airlines, 23-Feb-2010).