Friday, December 11, 2009

Sabena: Brussels-Detroit

What surprise to find that Sabena reached the motor city in April 1980? Perhaps this was simply an extension of Toronto or Chicago routes; the service does not seem to have lasted long. In one of the most drastic alterations to the transatlantic scope of services, no Belgian-flagged carrier serves North America today, a big shift from pre-2001, when Sabena landed daily in a number of cities, including Chicago, Boston, Atlanta, and Cincinnati (the latter two a result of the link-up with Delta Air Lines). VG Airways was short-lived, and Brussels Airlines concentrates on Europe and Africa. Delta, American, United, Continental and USAirways are the only choices for US-Brussels routes. The custom envelope is lovely, with the Renaissance Center towers merging with the church steeple.

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