Update: Singapore Airlines confirms postponement of Brussels launch

Singapore Airlines has confirmed to AeroNewsX that it will be postponing its plans to launch services to Brussels 'until further notice'. The news comes amid the coronavirus crisis which has hit airlines around the world severely.

A Singapore Airlines Airbus A350-900 registered 9V-SMC. Photo by Benjamin Liew | AeroNewsX

On 24 June, AeroNewsX reported that Singapore Airlines had backtracked on its decision to launch services to Brussels, citing company sources.

The new service was supposed to operate four times a week between the two capitals effective 25 October, 2020, and would act as the only direct link between the two cities. For Brussels Airport, the announcement was a significant achievement as it allowed it to further expand its Asian network, which has been particularly small over the last couple of years.

This concern was highlighted when Brussels Airlines suspended its only service to Asia in January 2019. The Brussels to Mumbai service, which was serviced by an Airbus A330, was suspended as the carrier's focus shifted back to Africa, a spokesperson told AeroNewsX last year.

Singapore Airlines had actually operated to Brussels in the past. The carrier launched its first flights to Brussels back in 1979 and was still a common sight two decades later.

The carrier's new Brussels flight was due to operate with an Airbus A350-900 and would become the third airline to use the aircraft on flights to the Belgian capital. Thai Airways and Cathay Pacific already use the Airbus A350-900 on flights to Brussels from Bangkok and Hong Kong respectively. Those flights have been temporarily suspended as a result of the coronavirus crisis.

Singapore Airlines tells AeroNewsX that further details regarding the introduction of the new Brussels launch will be communicated once available.

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