Seat Assignment Brussels Airlines Belgium

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Belgium's flag carrier, Brussels Airlines (SN) operates from a hub at Brussels Airport (BRU). A member of the Star Alliance, the carrier flies to about 75 destinations in Europe, Africa, Asia and North America. It also has codeshare agreements with about 25 other airlines. Brussels Airlines' fleet of 49 aircraft includes Airbus, Avro, Boeing, Bombardier and Embraer planes. Most are configured with a single Economy Class cabin, but some of the larger aircraft used for intercontinental flights also have a Business Class cabin.

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SN Brussels: Seat Assignments In Advance?


 
Location: Singapore and London
Programs: BA Gold; SQ PPS; UA Gold; LH FTL; Flying Blue Silver; Starwood Gold; ICHG AMB; Hyatt Platinum;
This will only be done at the airport (as with most European carriers, business and economy classes effectively use the same seats, divided by a curtain. The pricing structure for fares is very different, with people buying business fares if they need to have a flexible ticket as they are often the same price as the flexible coach/economy fare). Once check-in starts they work out where the curtain needs to be to accomodate the Business Class passengers, and then allocate seats from there.

Note that the Avro RJ's SN use on that route have five across seating, with the A and C seats on one side of the aisle, and DEF on the other side. The seats are relatively roomy (similar to B737) and you will get a compimentary snack and full compimentary bar service (including wine, beer, spirits) on these flights).

AA may be able to get you seat allocations when you check in for the transatlantic flight. They WILL be able to tag your luggage all the way to Florence, so you will not need to reclaim baggage at Brussels.

At Brussels, you will arrive in Concourse B, on the arrivals level, and depart from Concourse A. Walk along the concourse until you reach immigration. DO NOT FOLLOW THE SIGN LABELLED "TRANSFER B1-98" which you will see to the right shortly before the passport check - that is only for onward flights departing from Concourse B.

Go through the passport/immigration check (you will not need to do this again at FLR because Belgium and Italy are in a common travel zone).

Immediately after the passport check, you will find your self in baggage reclaim. Turn right immediately (following the sign for "Gates A30-60). This will take you through some automatic doors (next to baggage claim belts 1 and 2). Then walk along the long corridor (there are moving walkways to help with the distance) and through a security check. They will not need to see your boarding pass for SN Brussels, though may ask to see an eticket receipt or itinerary printout. Once through the check, go up 2 levels and you will find yourself in the departure gate area for Concourse A, with lots of shops etc. There is a transfer desk in the shopping area which can issue your boarding pass. Alternatively, just go to your gate and get your boarding pass there.

If your AA flight is running late, someone will usually be at the jetway to take connecting passengers directly to their connecting flight - just look out for the uniformed ground staff member with a clipboard!
Originally Posted by CA Platinum
Hello,

I will be traveling with my wife and my mother from Brussels to Florence, Italy in February. From the U.S. we are on American Airlines to Brussels, but then we use SN Brussels to/from Florence. Is it possible to get our 3 seats assigned in advance, or is this only done at the airport in Brussels?

Thanks in advance.
 
Jan 11, 05, 6:59 am
 
Programs: UA Silver, FPC Premier
House has given you the full details, but yeah, you'll get seat assignments at ORD.

I take this connection a few times a year and have never ever been less than 30 min early - in fact, for christmas, the tailwinds cut over an hour off the flight. Of course, stuck flaps meant a high speed landing, with emergency vehicles in tow.

note that on the RJ you'll find it a tight pitch. But that might be for me, at 6'3".

Note House's instructions - once you clear customs, don't follow the crowd to baggage. Just head for the A gates (you'll need to reclear security). There's shopping, food, etc. Only downside is no OW lounges in A.

enjoy Florence! I have family there and love it, even after all these years visiting.
Originally Posted by CA Platinum
Hello,

I will be traveling with my wife and my mother from Brussels to Florence, Italy in February. From the U.S. we are on American Airlines to Brussels, but then we use SN Brussels to/from Florence. Is it possible to get our 3 seats assigned in advance, or is this only done at the airport in Brussels?

Thanks in advance.
 
Jan 11, 05, 10:36 am
 
Programs: AF, BA, LH, EK, IHG, HH, SPG, Hertz, RCCL
There is an IBERIA lounge in A...nothing overly fancy though. It is correctly sized and last time we were there for an early morning IB flight to BCN we were the only ones there (although the flight was full).

-jani
Originally Posted by DasKitty
Only downside is no OW lounges in A.
 
Jan 11, 05, 12:07 pm
 
Both concourses also have a Dinersclub lounge,
if guess you are flying SN to Florence as AA codeshare? If you have SN tickets mail me, i could offer you lounge coupons for the SN lounges in Brussels
 
Jan 12, 05, 12:12 pm
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Location: NorCal - SMF area
Programs: AA EXP / 5.5 MM; HH <>; SPG Gold; Maître-plongeur des Muccis
Other Q: SFO - ORD - MAN on AA, MAN - BRU on SN (AA codeshare)

We're booked I class (J cabin) SFO - ORD - MAN on AA, MAN - BRU on SN Brussels (AA codeshare) later this month.

1) It sounds like we will be issued seats at SFO, and bags woud be checked all the way through to BRU (though we do shorter trips with carry-ons only, meaning SN will likely take them and put them in the belly of the a/c for being oversize on SN.)

2) Can anyone enlighten me on the transfer drill at Manchester from AA to SN? I'll guess a transfer desk and process, but what about things like terminal changes, etc.? Any lounges (we've almost 3 hours between flights, in the morning; both AA EXP / ow Emerald, in J cabin, Diners...)

TIA!
 
Jan 12, 05, 12:21 pm
AA will be able to check your bags all the way to BRU.

Both AA and SN operate from BA's modern, manageably sized Terminal 3 at MAN. Your arrival and departure gates will be within a two minute walk of each other. It could not be more different from LHR.

The jetway will deposit you onto the lower arrivals level of the terminal. Follow the signs for Flight Connections T3. This will take you through a security check and then upstairs to the departure level. You should not have to transit immigration or customs.

Alternatively, go through immigration (if you want the stamp in your passport!), walk through the baggage reclaim area into the Arrivals hall, take the elevator up 1 level to departures, and walk through the check-in area to security.

Once on the departure level at T3, there is one lounge, a sizeable BA Terraces Lounge in a large rotunda on the roof of the terminal with 360 degree views of the apron and surrounding countryside. This is personally one of my favourite BA lounges (though I am biased as Manchester is my home city!). There is a smoking area but it is in a hermetically sealed windowless room well away from everyone else (colleagues who smoke hate this aspect of the lounge). You should be able to pick up some continental breakfast (pastries, cereal etc) here. There are showers (clean and perfectly useable though not as nice or spacious as in the LHR Arrivals Lounges).

The morning SN flight to BRU is often served by one of SN's Airbus A319's. These should present few problems in the carry-on department. You'll be able to see the plane land and taxi up to the terminal, so should be able to know in advance what it is. If the coach seating is 6-abreast (i.e. if there is a "B" seat) then it is an A319, as the Avro RJ's all have 5-across seating in both business and coach (i.e the seats are the same!). SN Brussels have good inflight service (better than BA on short haul flights in my experience) and you should enjoy the one hour flight to BRU.
Originally Posted by JDiver
We're booked I class (J cabin) SFO - ORD - MAN on AA, MAN - BRU on SN Brussels (AA codeshare) later this month.

1) It sounds like we will be issued seats at SFO, and bags woud be checked all the way through to BRU (though we do shorter trips with carry-ons only, meaning SN will likely take them and put them in the belly of the a/c for being oversize on SN.)

2) Can anyone enlighten me on the transfer drill at Manchester from AA to SN? I'll guess a transfer desk and process, but what about things like terminal changes, etc.? Any lounges (we've almost 3 hours between flights, in the morning; both AA EXP / ow Emerald, in J cabin, Diners...)

TIA!

Last edited by House; Jan 12, 05 at 2:00 pm
 
Location: Singapore and London
Programs: BA Gold; SQ PPS; UA Gold; LH FTL; Flying Blue Silver; Starwood Gold; ICHG AMB; Hyatt Platinum;
 
Jan 12, 05, 1:43 pm
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Location: NorCal - SMF area
Programs: AA EXP / 5.5 MM; HH <>; SPG Gold; Maître-plongeur des Muccis
Brilliant! Thanks for the great information, House! Our trip has become much easer (now, if the weather will only cooperate... Jan 27 at ORD and MAN on the 28th could be wintry, and ORD sometimes isn't effective at dealing with that.)

Looking at my PNR, I see they have already assigned 3A-C to us, on the Avro, but we'll see what actually taxis up and where they hang the curtain.

We'll give the Terraces a drop-in try, even though we are not departing on oneworld metal - a shower and Continental breakfast will be just the ticket after the redeye!

Thanks again!
 
Jan 12, 05, 2:39 pm
You're fully entitled to access the MAN BA Terraces Lounge with Business Class seats on SN Brussels. All you need is a boarding pass. Here's the proof:

http://www.flysn.com/com/information...ri=tcm:26-1740

BA and SN share routes between the UK and BRU, with 50% of the flights on the MAN route being operated on SN metal, and the other 50% on BA metal. The BA staff will regard the SN flight as a partner flight of theirs - they also do the ground handling for SN at MAN.

The lounge is open from 5am to 8pm daily.

P.S. Don't be misled by the gate numbers into thinking Terminal 3 is large. The international gates at T3 range from Gate 42 to Gate 53 or thereabouts - there are only 8 airbridges (AA and SN get airbridge gates, while BA's ERJ's do not).

P.P.S. MAN is home to one of the former British Airways Concordes. It is in the open air next to one of the two parallel runways. Have a look out of the left hand side of the AA aircraft just after you pull off the runway, and you should see it.
Originally Posted by JDiver
Brilliant! Thanks for the great information, House! Our trip has become much easer (now, if the weather will only cooperate... Jan 27 at ORD and MAN on the 28th could be wintry, and ORD sometimes isn't effective at dealing with that.)

Looking at my PNR, I see they have already assigned 3A-C to us, on the Avro, but we'll see what actually taxis up and where they hang the curtain.

We'll give the Terraces a drop-in try, even though we are not departing on oneworld metal - a shower and Continental breakfast will be just the ticket after the redeye!

Thanks again!

BA Terraces Lounge



The BA Terraces Lounge at*Manchester Airport is available for SN passengers with a business ticket, Privilege Gold or Privilege Platinum Card. The lounge offers you space and peace and quiet in which to do important work or deal with urgent telephone calls. You can enjoy a tasty snack or a refreshing drink. And you will also receive help if you want to change reservations or have any other questions.

Last edited by House; Jan 12, 05 at 5:06 pm
 
Location: Singapore and London
Programs: BA Gold; SQ PPS; UA Gold; LH FTL; Flying Blue Silver; Starwood Gold; ICHG AMB; Hyatt Platinum;
 
Jan 12, 05, 4:41 pm
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Location: NorCal - SMF area
Programs: AA EXP / 5.5 MM; HH <>; SPG Gold; Maître-plongeur des Muccis
Thansk again for all the great information; absolutely invaluable! And, I shan't miss the opportunity to look at a Concorde, either.
 
Jan 15, 05, 8:54 pm
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Location: NorCal - SMF area
Programs: AA EXP / 5.5 MM; HH <>; SPG Gold; Maître-plongeur des Muccis
Many thanks to House!

The connection at Manchester went exactly as described. To summarize:

We arrived on time (and saw the Concorde, since we were seated on the port side of our aircraft cabin.) The jetway was out of service for some reason, so we deplaned via airstairs (it took a while to line them up - lack of practice?) and walked into the bowels of the building. We followed the "Flight Connections" signs up and down the Manchester maze to a chap who issued us boarding passes before we could pass through security - who were most helpful and pleasant! We recovered speedily...

We easily found the Terraces lounge, where we showed our SN Business Class passes and were admitted without further ado. We enjoyed the views, nice hot showers (only two here, however,) a Continental breakfast and an extended wait, as the SN flight arrived late.

When the flight arrived, we proceeded to the boarding gate. Turnaround was completed raplidly - perhaps 25 minutes - with the Avro RJ-85, and we boarded. Our carryons (TravelPro legal size carry-ons, though overweight according to SN's published 6 kilo / 13 lb limits,) j-u-s-t fit in the overhead compartments, and we were not asked to check them.

Our seats had been changed from 5A&C to 1A&C (seating in the RJ is 2 x 3) - "Business Class" consisted of two rows separated from aft by a curtain, populated by a total of three of us. 5A-C were now in the bowels of steerage, and only rows 1 and 2 were Business. "What's behind curtain number one," you ask? Coach! Which looks amazingly like Business Class. All seats appeared to have 31" / 79 cm pitch, and service was pleasant and efficient. All in all, a decent flight, particularly for the brief time in the air.

Immiediately on takeoff we were given a choice of drinks, then served a light luncheon consisting of a decent salad and a sandwich of a kind of focaccia-like bread with cold salmon and cream cheese, as well as a sampler box with a couple of Belgian chocolates. The other business-suited gentleman (2C) disdained the chockies - but then asked for several boxes "for my children." His wish was granted... his children would appear to this flyer as probably having matriculated a few years ago.

The flight was uneventful, and 1:10 later we were at Zaventem International (BRU) and speeding through immigration and customs for the train to Gare du Nord. MAN - Manchester airport was an easy connection, trouble-free and fairly pleasant - nice Terraces with friendly staff, a nice place to rest and freshen up before flights. I will look for Manchester connecting flights preferentially to Heathrow in the future.

Last edited by JDiver; Feb 2, 05 at 11:59 am Reason: add a bit
 
Feb 2, 05, 11:16 am
 
Location: Singapore and London
Programs: BA Gold; SQ PPS; UA Gold; LH FTL; Flying Blue Silver; Starwood Gold; ICHG AMB; Hyatt Platinum;
Very glad to hear the connection went smoothly, and that you had a good experience at MAN!

As I said in my original post, it is a world apart from LHR, the only real negatives for me being the lower number of connections generally, and the increasing use of RJ's by BA on the flights they operate out of MAN. Oneworld partners like Aer Lingus, Finnair and Iberia tend to use full size aircraft on their routes to DUB, ARN, HEL, BCN and MAD.
 
Feb 2, 05, 12:38 pm
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