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European Union Unveils €750 Billion Recovery Plan as Coronavirus Wanes

European Union Unveils €750 Billion Recovery Plan as Coronavirus Wanes

The European Union announced a €750 billion ($821 billion) aid package intended to help the bloc’s economic recovery from the fallout of the coronavirus pandemic.
Calling it “Europe’s moment,” the plan is intended to “repair and prepare [countries] for the next generation,” the bloc said in a statement.
Saying that the coronavirus has shaken Europe and the world “to its core,” the Next Generation EU plan… will bring the total financial firepower of …

Brussels Airlines to Cut Staff by 25% to Ensure Future Viability

Brussels Airlines to Cut Staff by 25% to Ensure Future Viability

Brussels Airlines said Tuesday it will take „substantial and indispensable measures“ in order to ensure the carrier’s viability going forward.  The measures include eliminating unprofitable or marginally profitable routes, which will allow it to reduce its fleet size by 30%.
The airline said these measures will allow it to retain approximately 75% of its employees going forward.
“As a socially responsible employer, Brussels Airlines will work together with its social partners to …

Aeroflot Plans Codeshare with Brussels Airlines

Aeroflot Plans Codeshare with Brussels Airlines

Aeroflot – Russian Airlines and Brussels Airlines announced a partnership on Tuesday.
The two airlines said they have entered into a codeshare agreement for travel between Brussels and Moscow. 
The partnership will offer customers in Moscow access to the entire Brussels Airlines network, and those departing Brussels ongoing connections via Moscow to all of Aeroflot’s global destinations.
Passengers will be able to check their bags to their final destination regardless of departure …

Brussels Airlines Unveils Its First Premium Economy Cabin and New Business-Class Cabin

Brussels Airlines Unveils Its First Premium Economy Cabin and New Business-Class Cabin

Brussels Airlines announced new business-class and coach interiors for its Airbus A330 fleet as well as the introduction of its first premium-economy cabin.
Calling the result of the retrofit “a boutique in the sky,” the new cabins were designed in an Art Nouveau motif.
The new business-class cabin has 30 seats in a staggered configuration. Each seat will serve as a “lounge sofa” as well as a 79” bed when fully extended. …

Brussels Airlines Cancels All Flights in Advance of National Strike

Brussels Airlines Cancels All Flights in Advance of National Strike

Three Belgian trade unions called for a general strike on February 13 after a breakdown in talks over wages.
The unions want to increase pressure on employers to agree to a higher wage increase than the 0.8% for 2019-2020 that was proposed by the Central Economic Council.
The move will affect the majority of domestic and international flights in the country as well as public trains, buses, and trams.
Brussels Airlines said early …

TAP to Treble Frequency of Newark-Porto Service, Add Connections to Brussels, Lyon, Munich

TAP to Treble Frequency of Newark-Porto Service, Add Connections to Brussels, Lyon, Munich

TAP Air Portugal announced it will treble the frequency of its Newark-Porto service starting in June. Porto is the second largest city in Portugal
The airline currently operates two flights per week and will offer six starting June 1. It is also adding connecting service from Porto to Brussels, Lyon, and Munich.
TAP will operate the flights using its new Airbus A321 Long Range fleet of aircraft.
The Airbus A321neoLR can carry up to …

Brussels Airlines to Offer Free Stopover in Belgium to Connecting Passengers

Brussels Airlines to Offer Free Stopover in Belgium to Connecting Passengers

Brussels Airlines introduced a new option allowing travelers who are making a connection in Brussels the option of a free visit to parts of the country before continuing to their final destination.
The new Belgium Stop Over program allows travelers to visit Belgium for one to five days and includes access to museums and popular tourist sites in two cities.
Passengers traveling from the United States, Canada, Israel, or India en route …