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Brussels Airlines Business Class Review - SSJ 100 (City Jet)

Brussels Airlines Business Class Review - SSJ 100 (City Jet)

Business Class on Brussels Airlines Intra-European flights is sleek and compact.  The flights are short – but the service is top notch, the drinks are strong, and the food is gourmet.

I recently had the pleasure of flying with them from Brussels to Copenhagen on one of their newest jets:  the SSJ 100.

The flight was actually operated by UK carrier City Jet – but everything was under the Brussels Airlines brand.  Here is my  ‘mini-review.’

The SSJ 100

SSJ 100 - Brussels Airlines - City Jet   Photo: Calvin Wood

SSJ 100 - Brussels Airlines - City Jet   Photo: Calvin Wood

Some readers may not be familiar with the SSJ 100. It’s actually a brand new aircraft - -I could almost smell the new-car-smell!  This jet is produced by Sukhoi, which is a part of the Russian Civil Aerospace Company.  

It was my first time on a Russian aircraft and I loved it!

The seating is fantastic and the bathrooms are huge. My only criticism would be that the windows are a little on the small side.
 

Seating

Seating - Business Class Brussels Airlines - SSJ 100   Photo: Calvin Wood

Seating - Business Class Brussels Airlines - SSJ 100   Photo: Calvin Wood

Brussels Airlines follows the tradition of all European airlines and uses their coach seats with a ‘blocked’ middle seat to give premium passengers more room.  

The all leather seats are extremely comfortable - and the space in the bulkhead row is massive.  I ended up with the whole row to myself which was a bonus!

Meals

Business Class Meal - Brussels Airlines - Europe    Photo: Calvin Wood

Business Class Meal - Brussels Airlines - Europe    Photo: Calvin Wood

The journey to Copenhagen was about 60 minutes – but the flight attendants plated a hearty gourmet snack.   The highlight was an artful slice of baked Paté en Croute that would have felt at home in intercontinental first class!  

Other delectables on my tray included a regional cheese, sweet breads, coconut cake and signature Belgian Neuhaus chocolates.  I couldn’t finish it all! 

Paté en Croute- Brussels Airlines - Europe   Photo: Calvin Wood

Paté en Croute- Brussels Airlines - Europe   Photo: Calvin Wood

Cheeses and Bread - Brussels Airlines - Europe   Photo: Calvin Wood

Cheeses and Bread - Brussels Airlines - Europe   Photo: Calvin Wood

My meal was started with a great glass of scotch, which the cabin crew made sure was topped up throughout the flight! 

Scotch - Brussels Airlines - Europe   Photo: Calvin Wood

Scotch - Brussels Airlines - Europe   Photo: Calvin Wood

Service

I have to call out the service on this journey.  The City Line flight attendants went out of their way to make sure the folks in business class were happy, satiated and well hydrated. 

My Verdict

Business Class- Brussels Airlines - Europe   Photo: Calvin Wood

Business Class- Brussels Airlines - Europe   Photo: Calvin Wood

This was a short flight – but Brussels Airlines won me over.   I loved the food and the service – so much so that I want to fly them long haul now!  

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