I think the title of the thread and then the article itself makes it confusing. The article is written so that you would think these are new airplane orders even though they are not. The title of the thread also implies a new airplane order. Who thinks "orders new A330" means replace used airplanes with used airplanes? It tricked me. Maybe Brussels Airlines is trying to make it sound like they are getting new airplanes for PR benefit without admitting they are used.
You're reading too much into it. It's like buying a second-hand car, coming home and call "honey we got a new car". People use "new" in many different contexts.
I fully second Newbiepilot about the tone of the press release. From a Belgian or a European perspective, there is a lot to say about such a fleet decision. But let's start with the good news in between the lines: we can be pretty sure that for the next 10 years, the long haul Y-class will remain 8 abreast at SN
Back to the less positive. Even though I understand that this is a wise financial decision (if oil prices remain low), it's quite shocking to see SN buying the most outdated aircraft possible for its long haul fleet. Used A330s are now the nosiest and the most polluting aircraft of this category available on the market. In this day and age when (you name it):
- complains about noise emissions from BRU operations has never been so high
- European nations (taxpayers) subsidy wind turbines in the tune of billions per year with little or no impact on pollution levels
- European cities are multiplying the "low emission areas" banning old cars from our cities, or even banning all cars for the most extreme cities
- more and more airlines, including the ones from third world countries (like ET), operate or are about to operate the latest generation long haul aircraft to Brussels
we have Brussels Airlines, based in the capital city of Europe, boasting its great investment in " ‘CEO’ aircraft will all be equipped with Rolls Royce Trent 700 engines. This engine type that consumes less fuel and emits less noise and CO2". Come on, that could have lest such a sentence out of their press release. Who are they trying to fool? I'm not even sure that an RR-powered A330 taking off at 230t would burn less fuel than the ancient GE-powered A330 taking of at 212 or 217 tonnes.