Codeshare agreement with Brussels Airlines expands United service to Europe, Africa


CHICAGO – United customers may enjoy convenient new connections to cities in Europe and Africa under a new codeshare agreement with Brussels Airlines that is open for sale today. Codeshare flights begin on April 6, 2010 and are in addition to United’s previously announced nonstop service between Chicago and Brussels that launched on March 28.

“We are focused on strengthening our world-class network and adding more destinations for our customers through alliance opportunities,” said Mark Schwab, United’s senior vice president of Alliances, International & Regulatory Affairs. “This partnership with Brussels Airlines expands our network breadth into several European destinations and emerging African markets.”

“This codeshare agreement with United is an important step in the development of Brussels Airlines,” says Erik Follet, executive vice president of Strategy & Business Development for Brussels Airlines. “With United we have now a very strong partner in the U.S. who brings, as a member of the Star Alliance, many new advantages to our passengers.”

United customers may now purchase tickets on Brussels Airlines-operated flights between Brussels and 24 European destinations as well as 12 African destinations*, many of which are new United codeshare markets. Brussels Airlines customers will enjoy codeshare service to two of United’s U.S. hubs, Washington Dulles and Chicago O’Hare, allowing connection to hundreds of United’s U.S. destinations.

Both airlines are members of the Star Alliance — United is a founding partner, and Brussels Airlines joined as a partner in December of 2009. Members of United’s Mileage Plus(R) and Brussels Airlines’ Miles & More programs may continue to earn and redeem miles while traveling to destinations never-before served.