Brussels Airlines Business Class New York-Brussels – Flight Review

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Departing from JFK

Departing from JFK


My flight, SN502, was departing from Gate 2, one of the closer gates in T1. Given what I had read about travelers cancelling their trips to Belgium after the attacks, the gate area was surprisingly busy although the business-class cabin was less than half-full (however, it was almost full on my return flight a few days later).

The airline invites its business-class passengers to board before anyone else and, when I entered the aircraft, flight attendants were welcoming passengers and helping them get settled in their seats.

More magazines and newspapers than I had ever seen on a flight were laid across the three consoles at the front of the cabin and I helped myself to several, knowing there was no Wi-Fi on the aircraft and I was about to be disconnected from the world.


The Airbus A330-300 pushed back from the gate at 6:06 p.m., nine minutes ahead of  schedule. We proceeded from the gate to the runway rather quickly (our departure was during JFK’s rush hour so it isn’t uncommon to have a 45-minute or longer taxi) and were wheels up at 6:27 p.m., five minutes ahead of schedule.

Our flight path took us on a northeasterly heading over Long Island, Connecticut, and Massachusetts and along the Maine Atlantic coast. We continued over St. John in New Brunswick, Canada, over the Gulf of St. Lawrence and then Newfoundland at which point we turned due east and headed out over the North Atlantic. Proceeding over the Atlantic, we overflew southern Ireland, southwest England, and crossed over the Strait of Dover before entering Belgian airspace.

We touched down at 7:34 a.m. local time at Brussels Airport, ten minutes early and were at the gate at 7:41 a.m., one minute later than planned.

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