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Brussels Airlines Expands Fleet for Summer 2023, Appoints New CEO

A Brussels Airlines Airbus A330-300 departing Toronto. (Photo: Martin Kulcsar [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)])

Brussels Airlines, Belgium’s national carrier and a member of the Lufthansa Group, recently announced a wet-lease agreement with CityJet, an airline operating a fleet of CRJ regional jets out of Copenhagen and Stockholm. Under the agreement with Brussels Airlines, two of CityJet’s 88-seat CRJ-900 aircraft will join the Belgian carrier’s fleet from March 26 to October 28, 2023, providing daily flights from Brussels and Munich to European destinations including Bordeaux, Milan, Lyon, Geneva and Vienna. This agreement will also serve to strengthen regional (business) routes such as Hamburg and Birmingham, served in cooperation with CityJet, nine destinations.

In addition, 2 more Airbus A320s will be added to the Belgian fleet to support network growth and fleet expansion. These aircraft will become permanent members of the fleet and will be deployed throughout the medium-haul network, with a focus on new leisure destinations such as Djerba and Monastir.

With these changes, Brussels Airlines’ European operations will grow by 10 percent this summer. The fleet will soon increase from 40 to 45 aircraft (36 medium-haul and 9 long-haul). The Belgian airline already connects Brussels with more than 85 destinations, including 17 in sub-Saharan Africa.

Jan Derycke, Head of Strategy and Network Planning, said that with this fleet and network expansion, Brussels Airlines is achieving its growth target three years ahead of schedule. In 2023, Brussels Airlines will acquire three Airbus A320neo aircraft to significantly reduce CO2 and noise emissions on its medium-haul network. The airline also plans to operate its first Sustainable Aviation Fuel (SAF) flight in 2023. By 2030, Brussels Airlines aims to emit 50 percent less CO2 than in 2019 and plans to be carbon neutral by 2050.

Appointment of new Chief Executive Officer

Dorothea von Boxberg will be the new CEO of Brussels Airlines. Pending a decision by the Board of Directors of SN Airholding, Dorothea von Boxberg, currently Chairman of the Board of Lufthansa Cargo AG, will assume the position in Belgium on April 15, 2023. She will replace the current interim CEO Christina Foerster on February 1, 2023, after Peter Gerber, who has been in office since March 2021, leaves both Brussels Airlines and the Lufthansa Group after more than 30 years.

In addition to her role as CEO of Brussels Airlines, Dorothea von Boxberg will also assume the function of “Representative of the Board of Directors to the European Commission”. Dorothea von Boxberg’s successor at Lufthansa Cargo will be announced shortly.

Dorothea von Boxberg (1974) began her career in 1999 at the Boston Consulting Group. In 2007, Dorothea von Boxberg moved to the Lufthansa Group, where she held various management positions. Since 2012, she has been responsible for Customer Experience Design at Lufthansa. During this time, she and her team introduced a new generation of business-class seats. In 2015, Dorothea von Boxberg moved to Lufthansa Cargo AG, where she headed the Global Sales Management department. In 2018, she was appointed to the Executive Board of Lufthansa Cargo AG. Initially responsible for global sales, network planning, network management and product development, she will lead Lufthansa Cargo AG as Chairman of the Executive Board from 2021.

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    Vincenzo graduated in 2019 in Mechanical Engineering with an aeronautical curriculum, focusing his thesis on Human Factors in aircraft maintenance. In 2022 he pursued his master's degree in Aerospace Engineering at the University of Palermo, Italy. He combines his journalistic activities with his work as a Reliability Engineer at Zetalab.

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