With the introduction of the summer timetable on 29
March 2009, Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines will provide many additional
tangible benefits for their joint customers.
Besides offering code-share services on
cross-border flights between Germany and Belgium and to other
destinations in Europe, the two airlines will launch a reciprocal
frequent flyer arrangement, allowing members to earn and redeem
miles throughout the partner’s network.
Moreover, at the start of the summer
timetable, Brussels Airlines will move into the same terminal as
Lufthansa at Hamburg Airport.
Also at that time, fares offered by both
airlines on cross-border flights will be combinable. In other
words, passengers in possession of a ticket for a round trip
flight between Belgium and Germany will be able to take one flight
with Lufthansa and the other with Brussels Airlines.
March, Lufthansa’s and Brussels Airlines’ airport lounges will be
open to all passengers travelling Business Class with either
carrier. Status customers have enjoyed reciprocal lounge
privileges already since February.
Codeshare Flights on
From the end of this week,
numerous Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines flights will be operated
on a codeshare basis under the partner airline’s flight number.
Lufthansa and Brussels Airlines passengers will have access to
both airlines’ route networks.
Initially, this service will apply
to flights between Brussels and Frankfurt, Berlin, Hamburg,
Hanover, Nuremberg and Stuttgart as well as to selected European
destinations. At a later date, it will be extended to other
flights, particularly to and from Munich.
This agreement will
benefit customers of both airlines, as it will provide them with
greater choice and flexibility. Passengers will, for example, be
able to fly from Berlin to Brussels with Lufthansa and return with
Brussels Airlines. The two partner carriers will offer nine
flights per day on this route.
At the start of the summer timetable, the
two carriers are launching a frequent flyer programmepartnership.
Brussels Airlines Privilege members will then be able to earn
award and status miles on all flights operated by Lufthansa and
also redeem any miles accumulated prior to that date for award
tickets on Lufthansa flights. Conversely, Lufthansa Miles & More
members will have their account credited with all the premium,
status and HON Circle miles earned on flights operated by Brussels
Airlines and will also be able to book award flights with Brussels
In addition, status customers of both
carriers will enjoy additional privileges such as more generous
free baggage allowances and preferential baggage claim. Lufthansa
status customers flying with Brussels Airlines will also be able
to use Brussels Airlines’ Business Class check-in counters.
Likewise, Brussels Airlines’ Platinum and Gold passengers will
have access to Lufthansa’s First or Business Class check-in
Joint Ground Operations
Under One Roof
At the start of the summer timetable, Brussels Airlines
will move into Terminal 2 at Hamburg Airport, where
Lufthansa and other Star Alliance partners are located. At a later
date, in line with the Star Alliance’s “Under One Roof” strategy,
Brussels Airlines plans to relocate to Terminal 2 at Munich, which
is used exclusively by Lufthansa and its Star Alliance partners.
These arrangements will eliminate time-consuming journeys between
terminals and offer transfer passengers shorter and improved
connecting times. The joint ground operations will be clearly
visible for passengers at the airport.
Since mid-February, both airlines have
granted their premium customers reciprocal use of the partner’s
lounges. Members of Brussels Airlines’ frequent flyer programme
Privilege who have attained Platinum status can thus use all
Lufthansa Senator and Business Lounges worldwide.
February, Lufthansa HON Circle members, Senators and First Class
passengers have enjoyed access to Brussels Airlines lounges. In
addition, from 29 March, when the summer timetable goes into
effect, Business Class passengers flying Brussels Airlines will be
able to use all Lufthansa’s Business lounges, while Lufthansa
customers will have access to Brussels Airlines’ Business Lounge
In the initial phase, Lufthansa is
planning to take a 45% stake in Brussels Airlines. This
may be increased to 100% at a later date. The transaction is
currently undergoing regulatory review by the EU
Commission. Meanwhile, Brussels Airlines is making
preparations for its entry into the Star Alliance.
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