Brussels Airlines is special. A small European carrier that focuses on specific routes, with an affinity for Africa, the airline is our choice for the number one in luxury and comfort in the region. As a traveler throughout Europe and Africa, there are many options to choose from if you plan to visit the continents. But, none can hold a candle to Brussels Airlines. Their dedication to service and comfort, as well as their knowledge of the region, puts them in a position to serve you fully throughout your journey.
I flew Brussels recently between New York and Rwanda. Having never flown them before, I was intrigued as to what I might find. With flights out of North America operating from JFK airport in New York, Washington D.C. and soon Toronto – and direct connections to Kigali from their Brussels hub, I felt they would be the best option. From the moment I stepped aboard their Airbus A330 aircraft, with a newly reimagined business class cabin, I was in utter heaven.
A unique Belgian experience, Brussels offers flavors of the country throughout the flight. The new business class cabin is outfitted with state-of-the-art seats that lie flat 180 degrees (at nearly six-and-a-half feet long), large 15-inch touch screen LCD televisions with a plethora of entertainment options and menus designed by revolving Belgian chefs like Peter Goossens. The flight attendants are courteous and helpful, willing to do most anything to make your flight memorable.
My experience on both the JFK to Brussels and Brussels to Kigali legs provided all I needed to help the time go by. The a la carte menu offered items like: muscles, roasted Sole, Belgian cheeses and a smattering of fantastic desserts. The airline serves all its meals accompanied by a well-curated wine menu, Laurent Perrier champagne and the country’s finest Neuhaus chocolates. For most of my 16 hours in the air, I watched new releases and slept – all in an effort to relax and prepare myself for 10 days of trekking throughout beautiful Rwanda.
My journey to Rwanda was smooth, easy and made me not want to leave the aircraft. I was genuinely disappointed that the flight was coming to an end when the captain announced our descent into Kigali. As the flight attendants came through the cabin and handed-out full-sized boxes of Neuhaus chocolate as a gift to take, I couldn’t help but notice the attention to detail Brussels Airlines puts into their service.
With direct routes to 19 destinations in Africa, including Kigali, Entebbe, Douala, Conakry and more – no one can provide better options when traveling to the magical continent. Brussels Airlines has emerged from its past and created a future that is, above all else, laden with hospitality, charm and convenience. It is simply the best.