SN Brussels Airlines

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SN Brussels Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
FoundedFebruary 2002 (2002-02)
Ceased operations25 March 2007 (2007-03-25)
(merged with Virgin Express to form Brussels Airlines)
HubsBrussels Airport
Frequent-flyer programPrivilege
SubsidiariesSobelair (2003—2004)
Parent companySN Airholding
HeadquartersBuilding 117, Brussels Airport, Zaventem, Belgium

SN Brussels Airlines (SNBA) was the flag carrier of Belgium, which mainly operated from Brussels Airport. SNBA was the trading name of the Belgian airline Delta Air Transport. SNBA was a full-service airline, connecting Brussels with the rest of Europe. It also flew to Africa, continuing Sabena's extensive network there. The airline merged with Virgin Express into Brussels Airlines which started operations on 25 March 2007.[1] The airline had its head office in Airport Building 117 in Brussels Airport, Zaventem, near Brussels.[2]


The airline was founded in 2002, when a group of Belgian investors (companies, financial institutions and regional investment companies, as well as the Brussels and Walloon governments) set up SN Airholding, headed by Étienne Davignon. After the 2001 collapse of Sabena, Belgium's then flag carrier airline, Belgium was left without a national airline for a few months. In February 2002, SN Airholding took over the Belgian airline DAT, a subsidiary of Sabena, and changed its trading name to SN Brussels Airlines. In 2002, a strategic reorganization started, led by the former CEO Peter Davies. On 12 April 2005 SN Brussels took holding control of Virgin Express and on 31 March 2006 they announced their merger. On 7 November 2006 they announced at a press conference held at Brussels Airport that the new airline would be called Brussels Airlines.



SN Brussels Airlines Avro RJ at Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport.

Before merging, SN Brussels Airlines operated the following aircraft:

SN Brussels Airlines fleet
Aircraft Total Passengers Notes
Airbus A319-100 3 132
Airbus A330-300 3 264
Avro RJ85 14 82
Avro RJ100 12 97
BAe 146–200 6 84

Codeshare agreements[edit]

SN Brussels Airlines had codeshare agreements with the following airlines:


The airline had various color schemes before finally settling on a uniform scheme for the fleet. The upper fuselage is white, while the belly and engines were painted lilac. An orange cheat line runs between the white and lilac parts of the fuselage. The tail shows the old Sabena "S". The website address is near the end of the fuselage. There are differences in livery between the Avro planes and the Airbus planes: most notably, the company name is written on the white part of the fuselage for the Airbus planes, but on the lilac part on the Avro.

Both this livery and the Virgin Express livery were replaced with the Brussels Airlines livery.



  1. ^ Airliner World January 2007
  2. ^ "World Airline Directory." Flight International. 30 March – 5 April 2004. 71.

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