SN Brussels Airlines (SNBA) was a former national airline 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
The airline was founded in 2002
, when a group of Belgian investors (companies, financial institutions and regional investment companies, as well as the Brussels
governments), set up SN Airholding
, headed by Etienne Davignon
. After the 2001
take-over of Sabena
, Belgium's flag carrier
airline, by Swiss Air, Belgium was left without a national airline. 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 and his consultant-adviser Prof. Jean Frederic Mognetti. Its ambitious task was to transform the company into a cash generator. The company achieved this transformation in three years.
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.
As of July 2008, the SN Brussels Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:
SN Brussels Airlines has 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 are being replaced with the Brussels Airlines livery.