Elder Emmanuel Ompong of Volatus Reisen testing the new Business Class seat, which can be reclined to a full, 2-metre bed / Photo: AfricanCourierMedia

Brussels Airlines presents its ’boutique hotel in the sky’ in Berlin

Belgium’s flag carrier has launched new cabin seats to give its passengers more comfort.

Brussels Airlines presented the new seats to the public on Thursday at the Embassy of the Kingdom of Belgium in Berlin, at a ceremony attended by diplomats, corporate managers, travel agents and journalists.

The overhauling of the cabin arrangement aboard the airlines planes, so that “it never feels crowded”, has led to more comfortable seats.

The highlight of the presentation is the Business Class for intercontinental flights, whose new design should give passengers, what Brussels Airlines describes, ‘as a feeling of being in a boutique hotel’.

The newly-introduced Premium Economy Class seats / Photo: AfricanCourierMedia


The seats in the Business Class could be extended to a full stretched 2 metre-bed and a bar has been created in the cabin to give passengers the opportunity to mingle and network and enjoy the ambience of a Belgian bar and its famous beers.

The airline also presented its newly-introduced Premium Economy Class with more leg room, cabin space and seats that can be reclined at a greater angle.

A cross-section of guests at the event / Photo: AfricanCourierMedia


The Economy Class has also been improved with ergonomic seats and individual in-flight entertainment touch screens.

The refitting project is costing the airline a whopping €10 million per plane, showing the huge expenses Brussels is making to make its passengers more comfortable in the sky.

Moreover, passengers can now look forward to culinary delights aboard Brussels Airlines as it has partnered with a renowned Belgian gastronomy company to improve the meals served on its flights, it was announced in Berlin.

The lucky guy who won a Premium Economy Class ticket for an intercontinental flight raffled at the ceremony!/ Photo: AfricanCourierMedia


Brussels Airlines, a member of the Lufthansa Group, operates some 300 flights daily, connecting the Capital of Europe to over 100  European and African destinations, New York JFK, Washington D.C. and Toronto.

Altogether the Belgian carrier, a Star Alliance member, flies to 17 destinations in Africa.

Femi Awoniyi

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