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London (LHR) - Brussels (BRU)
Scheduled Depart: 11:05 AM
Scheduled Arrive: 1:15 PM
Duration: 1hr 10min
Aircraft: Airbus A320
Seat: 1C (Business Class)
For business class flights within Europe, it often just means that the aircraft is loaded with regular economy seats, but the seat beside you blocked off. After a later than expected arrival to the airport, there wasn’t much time to check out the lounges at London Heathrow and we headed over to the departure gates immediately after clearing security. To my surprise, the plane had TinTin on it, a Belgian cartoon character who goes on adventures with his dog Snowy. This brought about memories of reading “The Adventures of TinTin” when I was younger and also memories of receiving the comic from a Belgian friend during my exchange.
Upon boarding, I had anticipated the plane to be outfitted with more TinTin amenities, but this was not the case as it is with EVA Air’s Sanrio and Hello Kitty themed flights. My seat was 1C, which is the bulkhead aisle seat on the left side of the plane, offering me plenty of legroom. The inflight safety video was animated and featured birds.
The cabin crew handed menus out immediately upon boarding and meal service started just 20 minutes after leaving the runway. This isn’t surprising, given that the flight to Brussels would clock in at just over an hour in duration. This also meant that there was no in-flight entertainment available.
For flights that are approximately 1 hour in duration, the crew serves a tray of tapas instead of a full meal for business class passengers free of charge.
With a flight this short in duration, there isn’t too much to comment on. The flight attendants were quick to hand out the menus in case you wanted to purchase snacks beyond what was provided. The seats were standard economy seats which had a bit of recline and were comfortable enough for the short flight. With the cash price of this ticket coming in at $400 for this one-hour flight, if I didn’t have the points and miles available, it would make much more economical sense to catch the Eurostar train. This would get you from London to Brussels in two hours with much more reasonable prices.
From a young age, Colin’s family travelled together from Japan to Thailand as well as take the occasional family road trip. This led to an interest in global affairs and an international exchange to the United States where he made friends from all around the world. When walking down the airplane aisle to the back of the plane, he always dreamed of a day where he would be able to sit at the front in the premium seats. After stumbling upon the points and miles community, he is now proud to be seated among those he marvelled at as a child.