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User currently offlineBralo20 From Belgium, joined May 2008, 621 posts, RR: 0
Posted (11 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 6891 times:

Following the succes of last year, SN will carry over 8.000 people divided over 140 flights to Belgium for the Tomorrowland festival, most of the flights are regular scheduled flights with seats blocked for Tomorrowland but due to the succes several exclusive (charter) flights for the festival are also being organized. On board of these flights there will be a party atmosphere, on some flights there will be a DJ playing music and 5 of SN's planes are having special Tomorrowland decals which will stay on the planes for about a month. 3 Airbus A319's and 2 Airbus A330's have the decals on the fuselage (OO-SSA, OO-SSB, OO-SSQ, OO-SFN & OO-SFU). Another 5.000 people will arrive with Star Alliance partners in Brussels. In total 13.000 packages (flights, access to the festival, transport & hotel) were made available and were sold out in no time.

Due to the exceptional succes of people originating from BSL and TLV both an upgrade (A330) and dedicated flights are foreseen, an A330 will fly twice today between BRU and BSL to bring all the partypeople to Belgium. Some aviation spotters made a deal with SN to have the unique chance to take the empty ferryflight from BRU to BSL to be able to fly the A330 on the very short sector.

Last year it was the first time that the Tomorrowland festival and Brussels Airlines joined forces to organize partyflights, they started with 2.000 passengers on 25 flights including one special partyflight (with dj) and one plane with decals. Today it will be slightly more then last year, together with their Star Alliance partners Brussels Airlines will transport 13.000 people from all over the world to Brussels, 8.000 of them who will fly on Brussels Airlines.


I'm not sure if it happened before that one airline brought so many people to a festival and even organized dedicated flights for it? Is there any history that it happened before with other festivals? (excluding Tomorrowland last year)


Some pics (courtesy of Brussels Airlines' facebook account):



And a short video on board of the flight: http://instagram.com/p/cLccPlFvpF/?igref=ogexp#

[Edited 2013-07-25 01:43:15]

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User currently offlineScorpio From Belgium, joined Oct 2001, 5005 posts, RR: 44
Reply 1, posted (11 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6784 times:

They should look out the window when landing at BRU: came back from LHR yesterday and saw that in one of the fields under the approach to 25L there's a big crop circle with the Tomorrowland logo and the message 'Welcome to the Madness'. Pretty cool!

User currently offlineBlueSky1976 From Poland, joined Jul 2004, 1852 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (11 months 3 weeks 2 days 16 hours ago) and read 6662 times:

Sweet. My friend Indecent Noise will be playing his DJ set at that event, anyone into tech trance music should definitely check him out.


All Hail Mighty Triple Seven, The MURDERER of the so-called "Queen"!!!!
User currently offlinethijs1984 From Netherlands, joined Mar 2007, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (11 months 3 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 6567 times:

Quoting Bralo20 (Thread starter):
I'm not sure if it happened before that one airline brought so many people to a festival and even organized dedicated flights for it? Is there any history that it happened before with other festivals? (excluding Tomorrowland last year)

In remember dat Dutchbird made charterflights on behalf of ID&T subsidary Q-dance from Amsterdam to Weeze-Niederrhein(NRN) with A320's to promote the first editions of the Q-base festival back in 2004 and 2005.

However the joined forces between ID&T Belgium / Tomorrowland and SN Brussels airlines is very unique.
I don't see KLM or any other Dutch carrier doing so. To bad because there are lots and lots of Dance festivals and events in the Netherlands which attract people from around the globe ( Defqon1 festival, Mysteryland, Decibel, Awakenings festival, A state of Trance, Hardbass, Sensation, Dominator, Dance valley you name them all)

Regretfully i do not have tickets for Tomorrowland this year. I was absolutely shocked by the price for 1 ticket. For that price you can visit 3 other dance festivals with more or less thesame size and quality as tomorrowland.

[Edited 2013-07-25 03:40:08]

User currently offlineBralo20 From Belgium, joined May 2008, 621 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6323 times:

Apparently they "only" flew 8.000 people, 7.000 on SN, 1.000 via Star Alliance partners. Another 2.500 took the highspeed train from London to Brussels and another 2.500 booked packages without transportation totalling 13.000 people. My appologies for the wrong numbers in the opening post!


The complete and correct stats presented by Brussels Airlines:





User currently offlineScorpio From Belgium, joined Oct 2001, 5005 posts, RR: 44
Reply 5, posted (11 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5915 times:

News fragment about one of the special flights from BSL (in Dutch, but the interviews are in English). Also shows the crop circle:

http://nieuws.vtm.be/entertainment/5...yflights-vliegen-naar-tomorrowland

And lots of pictures:

http://album.gva.be/foto/partyvlucht-tomorrowland/id591228-photos.aspx


User currently offlineKarelXWB From Netherlands, joined Jul 2012, 10358 posts, RR: 30
Reply 6, posted (11 months 3 weeks 2 days 5 hours ago) and read 5899 times:

More pictures can be found here:

http://www.facebook.com/brusselsairlines/photos_stream



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User currently offlineBralo20 From Belgium, joined May 2008, 621 posts, RR: 0
Reply 7, posted (11 months 3 weeks 2 days 4 hours ago) and read 5845 times:

Apparently they offer similar packages for their American festival Tomorrowworld, don't know however if there's a preferred partner or that they'll just use what's available. Inside the USA they'll use Delta, Airtran and Southwest, not sure about the international flights but since it's near ATL I think Delta could be the international partner. I doubt however that any of those airlines will put decals on their planes, maybe in the future when Tomorrowworld is launched an (hopefully) proven to be succesful?

User currently online777ord From United States of America, joined May 2010, 489 posts, RR: 1
Reply 8, posted (11 months 3 weeks 2 days 1 hour ago) and read 5714 times:

AWESOME!

I so hope those are the flight attendants!!  

Now, is this the new "Antwerp is Burning" festival or a different type of experience?


User currently offlineScorpio From Belgium, joined Oct 2001, 5005 posts, RR: 44
Reply 9, posted (11 months 3 weeks 1 day 16 hours ago) and read 5433 times:

Quoting 777ord (Reply 8):
Now, is this the new "Antwerp is Burning" festival or a different type of experience?

It's a huge outdoor music festival (the 180,000 tickets were sold out in about an hour or so) with lots of different stages and DJs, and a fairy tale-theme. To get an idea, here's the 'after movie' from last year's edition:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UWb5Qc-fBvk


User currently offlinethijs1984 From Netherlands, joined Mar 2007, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (11 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5307 times:

Quoting Scorpio (Reply 9):
outdoor music festival

Not just music, but electronic dance music of course   :p .
Mainly house, trance, hardstyle and techno and all sorts and varities and sub-streas in between and around it.

The format is thesame as with the Dutch Mysteryland festival. Tomorrowland nowadays is exactly what ID&T tried to achieve with Mysteryland in the Netherlands. However there was no suitable location that allowed such a big festival to last for 2 days or more (that was difficult a few years back). ID&T Belgium was founded in 2004 or 2005 to host the first editions of Sensation and The belgian version of Mysteryland being Tomorrowland. And they found a suitable location to expand the format. Which we see today as one of most succesfull events in the world.

Meanwhile they still try to lift the Dutch Mysteryland to thesame level (it's a 2 days festival now). But the Defqon1 festival of ID&T subsidary Q-dance seems much more succesfull at this moment. To get back to aviation, the party of Defqon1 still extended to Schiphol on the monday after with many visitors and DJ's making a afterparty in the termina buildingl.
Maybe it's time for KLM to join in and do a similar joint venture such as Brussels airlines does. There are tens of thousands of visitors from around the globe flying in during the festival season. And there are also big indoor stadium events in the winter season.


User currently offlineBralo20 From Belgium, joined May 2008, 621 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (11 months 3 weeks 1 day 14 hours ago) and read 5246 times:

Quoting thijs1984 (Reply 10):
The format is thesame as with the Dutch Mysteryland festival. Tomorrowland nowadays is exactly what ID&T tried to achieve with Mysteryland in the Netherlands. However there was no suitable location that allowed such a big festival to last for 2 days or more (that was difficult a few years back). ID&T Belgium was founded in 2004 or 2005 to host the first editions of Sensation and The belgian version of Mysteryland being Tomorrowland. And they found a suitable location to expand the format. Which we see today as one of most succesfull events in the world.

It's slightly different from Mysteryland, while Mysterlyland is a dancefestival (and in that way comparable to Tomorrowland) the biggest difference is the decoration fo the festival location. Mysteryland is more like any mainstream festival like Rock Werchter, Pinkpop, Pukkelpop, etc... You have stages, tents, etc... And some great music with a top line-up (at least for some people, I'm not exactly into the whole electronic music thing, I'll take Wagner anytime above Aviici  ). Tomorrowland is created like a big fairytale with a beautiful decor that speaks to the imagination. They began builiding their stages where others stopped building. And yes, the fact that "De Schorre" in Boom is a lovely location helps also a but. ID&T Belgium was in fact a joint-venture between ID&T Netherlands and the brothers Manu & Michiel Beers, the creators of Tomorrowland. Both ID&T and the Beers Brothers owned 50% of the company and thus Tomorrowland. Recently the ID&T group was sold to the American company SFX and thus Tomorrowland became owned for 50% by SFX, about a month ago SFX sold all it's shares into Tomorrowland (ID&T Belgium) to the Beers brothers who are now sole owners of the company and the whole Tomorrowland/TomorrowWorld brand became 100% Belgian again. This was done to ensure the continuation of the event like the creators seen it without a having to be worried that the Americans will try to change anything. SFX got in return an exclusive deal to be the international partner for all future Tomorrowland projects with TomorrowWorld being the first. Also one of the biggest advantages of Tomorrowland compared to any other festival are the amenities available on site, they are more luxurious compared to any other festival. And for the big spenders there's even a cottage to rent for a mere 10.000 EUR, there are Michelin star chefs cooking food and it's even quite affordable (no, I'm not speaking about the cottage). So people don't have to eat the nasty hot-dogs, the shoesole hamburgers, the typical junkfood available, they can eat decent and even healty food which proved to be a succes.

Now to continue on the aviation part: While growing steadily (Tomorrowland started with "only" 10.000 visitors) they noticed that the festival became famous all abroad from Yellowknife over Brazzaville to Sydney, short: the whole world fell for Tomorrowland. Wetter it was the music or the general atmosphere I don't know but people loved Tomorrowland. So Tomorrowland seeked and found a solution together with Belgian's national airline Brussels Airlines. They started to offer global travel packages and despite what was thought they all sold out in no matter of time last year and Brussels Airlines ended up transporting 2.000 festival people to Brussels. They added special flights, put a decal on a A319 and made one true party flight. The response was so overwhelming last year that they decided to broaden their partnership and this year another bunch of "global travel packages" where made available, not 2.000 like the year before but 13.000 packages, while hoping that they would last longer all the 13.000 packages were sold in a bit under 5 hours after making them available. The partnership between SN & Tomorrowland is quite the succes and I wonder what they will do next year. In the end, SN is still a rather small carrier and while some planes may be on the ground due to a low summerseason it's still a stretch for SN to add several flights and/or dedicate them to one festival. With the current fleet I'm not sure they can add more for next year although 2x A330's will be arriving in January and arround the summerperiode.


User currently offlineblueflyer From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 3902 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (11 months 3 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 4999 times:
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Didn't KLM have an onboard DJ and a similar party theme for one of its first flights back into MIA last year for Ultra Music Festival?

Quoting Bralo20 (Reply 4):
The complete and correct stats presented by Brussels Airlines:

For the life of me, someone is going to have to explain why Australia is so over-represented at Tomorrowland, compared to the distance. It isn't a one-off either, it's been the case regularly for several years. Hell, if Qantas had a spare A380, they could make a charter out of it, nevermind an A330 between Basel and Brussels!



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User currently offlinethijs1984 From Netherlands, joined Mar 2007, 97 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (11 months 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 4768 times:

Quoting Bralo20 (Reply 11):
the biggest difference is the decoration fo the festival location. Mysteryland is more like any mainstream festival like Rock Werchter, Pinkpop, Pukkelpop, etc...

don't agree entirely.
The decorations at Mysteryland on the entire venue are also over the top. Just like tomorrowland (you can clearly see thesame creative team at work). However the mainstage of Tommorowland is even more richly decorated. But it's also a matter of taste. I've just seen pcs of this years mainstage but i like the stage of previous years more than this one. but then again its very hard to it even better than previous years as the expectations are so high.
But a stage is just one thing. i leantred that the party is awesome again and well worth a visit. and they still have got the rest of the day and tomorrow to party. wish i could be there. But i visit the small festival of The Qontinent within 2 weeks from now.



Quoting Bralo20 (Reply 11):
ID&T Belgium was in fact a joint-venture between ID&T Netherlands and the brothers Manu & Michiel Beers, the creators of Tomorrowland. Both ID&T and the Beers Brothers owned 50% of the company and thus Tomorrowland. Recently the ID&T group was sold to the American company SFX and thus Tomorrowland became owned for 50% by SFX, about a month ago SFX sold all it's shares into Tomorrowland (ID&T Belgium) to the Beers brothers who are now sole owners of the company and the whole Tomorrowland/TomorrowWorld brand became 100% Belgian again.

something new learned again. Good for them.

Quoting blueflyer (Reply 12):
Didn't KLM have an onboard DJ and a similar party theme for one of its first flights back into MIA last year for Ultra Music Festival?

Yes they did, think it was on a MD11

Quoting blueflyer (Reply 12):
For the life of me, someone is going to have to explain why Australia is so over-represented at Tomorrowland, compared to the distance.

the Dutch/Belgian dance party's and DJ's are very popular in Australia. ID-T Subsidary Q-dance is also hosting parties in Australia and those parties / festivals were the first big dance festivals hosted down under (Defqon1 Australia). A large group of ozzies fell in love with Hardstyle / EDM music and they basicly follow everything what Q-dance is doing. And there is a Q-dance stage on tomorrowland.
I meet Australian people all the time when i go to an event. Qlimax last year was also visited by about 1000 people from Australia. They realy add something to the atmosphere of the party. They party over-the-top but in a positive way 
normally they visit a few festivals whilst being in Europe. Previous year i met a group at Decibel festival which was partying in Europe for 4 weekends. Starting with Tomorrowland, then some other festivals elsewere in Europe, Decibel, and closing with Mysteryland before flying home again.


looking forward to watch the livestream this evening.


User currently offlinezrs70 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 3099 posts, RR: 9
Reply 14, posted (11 months 3 weeks 11 hours ago) and read 4621 times:

I Watson the A330 Tomorrow Land flight TLV-BRU this week in business. I didn't know about the special flight until I boarded.

I wasn't happy.

Mind you, great bird to fly. Especially in business.

But throughout boarding, the music was blasting really loudly. When I asked for it to be turned down, the purser said (with a nice smile), "Sir, I think you booked the wrong flight."

All in all, it was fine. The kids in back cheered at take off and landing.

Worst part was that I left my wallet on the plane. I realized as soon as I exited, but the gate agent would not let me reboard. The agent himself went to find the wallet. No luck.

When I got home to the US, I spend the day getting new bank and credit cards as well as a new driver's license. It was then that Brussels Ar called me to tell me they found my wallet, right at the seat I had flown in!



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