LONDON – Earlier today, national carrier Brussels Airlines Trident flew the Belgian women’s national football team, the Red Flames, and its delegation to Manchester for the European Championship to be held in England.
Brussels Airlines is the official airline of the Red Flames, and it is proudly bringing the women’s team to the European Championship for the very first time.
On board flight SN1045 will be 23 selected players, accompanied by team coach Ives Serneels, the Belgian Football Federation staff and a delegation of Belgian media.
Trident departed Brussels at 11.30 am and has arrived in Manchester at 11.40 local time.
Senior management statements
- Peter Gerber, CEO Brussels Airlines, said:
“As Belgium’s home carrier it is our honour to bring the Red Flames to such an important tournament. I am a big fan of the team myself and hope they will return with us to Belgium as late as possible, with the trophy.”
“I call upon everyone at Brussels Airlines and all Belgians to cheer them on with every fibre of their being.”
- Manu Leroy, Marketing and Communication Director of the RBFA, added:
“We are very happy to have in Brussels Airlines a partner that allows our Red Flames and their staff to travel on the same plane as the Belgian Red Devils.”
“Thanks to these ideal flight conditions, our team will arrive in England in the best possible way just a few days before their first game of the European Championship.”
The second qualifying season
2022 marks the second time the Red Flames have qualified for the European Championship.
It will be the first time Brussels Airlines is flying them to the tournament, as the last time they qualified, the tournament took place in the Netherlands.
About the Red Flames
The Belgian national women’s football team is part of Group D, and will be playing their first match against Iceland on Sunday 10th July. Fans can follow their adventure here.
The team announced their arrival at Manchester earlier this afternoon via their social media pages, with the hashtag #FLAMETIME.
About Belgian Airlines
Brussels Airlines is the national carrier of Belgium and one of the four network airlines belonging to the Lufthansa Group.
The airline connects the European capital from Brussels Airport with over 85 destinations, 17 of which are in Sub Saharan Africa. The company employs 3,100 people and operates 41 aircraft.
Brussels Airlines aims to emit 50% less CO2 by 2030 compared to 2019 and plans to be carbon neutral by 2050. The airline is participating in the Stargate Project led by Brussels Airport and is therefore part of the testing ground for sustainable aviation at its home base.
In addition, the airline signed the Circular Economy agreement of the Antwerp Management School in 2021.
In 2023, Brussels Airlines will welcome three state-of-the-art Airbus A320neo, allowing the airline to significantly lower its CO2- and noise-emissions on its medium-haul network.
In addition to that, the airline aims to operate its first flight using Sustainable Aviation fuel (SAF) by 2023.