Six years after Brussels Airlines unveiled their Airbus A320 with the unmistakable “trident” livery, the airline today displayed a freshly painted Airbus A320, registered OO-SNO. During a press event, team captains Tessa Wullaert and Eden Hazard gathered around the plane to unveil the new trident, in the presence of staff from Brussels Airlines, the Red Flames, the Red Devils and a delegation from the Royal Belgian Football Association.
“When welcoming this Belgian icon in 2016, it was dedicated entirely to the Red Devils. Today, the airline is proud to introduce an aircraft representing both the Belgium men’s soccer team and the Red Flames women’s national team‘ the airline said proudly.
The red aircraft with dark tail depicts a trident that flows seamlessly into a flame, the perfect blend of both teams’ logos. This is exactly what the plane symbolizes: “We are not complete until we are together“.
The new Trident takes off from Brussels Airport for the first time today
Many sources show that gender stereotypes are still widespread in sport and that girls and women are not given enough attention. Brussels Airlines is proud to be able to make a small contribution to breaking down these barriers by putting our Red Flames in the spotlight alongside our Red Devils.
“As ambassadors for Belgium, we are honored to have been the official airline of both the Red Devils and the Red Flames for many years. Starting today, we can show the world how we’re elevating that ambassadorship for both teams by dedicating our latest Belgian icon to both the Red Devils and Red Flames. This is a declaration that advocates for equal opportunities and opportunities for all, in football and everywhere elsesaid Peter Gerber, CEO of Brussels Airlines.
“We are only complete when we are together”
During the official ceremony, team captains Tessa Wullaert and Eden Hazard unveiled the new trident in the presence of staff from Brussels Airlines, the Red Flames, the Red Devils and a delegation from the Royal Belgian Football Association.
The red aircraft with dark tail depicts a trident that flows seamlessly into a flame, the perfect blend of both teams’ logos. This is exactly what the plane symbolizes: “We’re not complete until we’re together“.
Once again it was André Eisele, Europe’s most experienced XXL airbrush artist and also known as the “painting machine”, who painted the new trident with the finest airbrush technique.
“We are very happy and proud to have a partner like Brussels Airlines that promotes the same values as the Royal Belgian Football Association. This trident, in which the Red Flames are as prominent as the Red Devils, is a great example of that. In addition, Brussels Airlines is a guarantee of flexibility and helpfulness, two important assets to ensure that our national teams’ trips take place in optimal conditions. And the fact that all travelers can also fly with the Trident in the seat of Eden Hazard or Tessa Wullaert completes the picture‘ explains Peter Bossaert, CEO of the Royal Belgian Football Association
The new Trident takes off on its maiden flight to Copenhagen
The aircraft, registration number OO-SNO, is a medium-haul aircraft (Airbus 320) and will fly to many different European destinations. Its first flight (SN2259) will take off today at around 4pm local time.
Last month, OO-SNA left the Lufthansa subsidiary’s fleet
The previous Trident, dedicated to the Red Devils, was unveiled in April 2016 and has flown our national football team to several matches including the 2016 European Championships in Bordeaux and the 2018 World Cup in Russia. Earlier this year, Trident also flew the Red Flames to the European Championships England. At the end of October 2022, the aircraft was returned to the lessor after more than 8,000 flights that have taken Brussels Airlines passengers across Europe.
Brussels Airlines A320 “Trident” presented to fans of the Red Devils
At 12:00 (UTC +1) the Belgian crew is expected to depart aboard OO-SFD, a Brussels Airlines Airbus A330. They will have a stopover in Kuwait for Friday’s friendly against Egypt before traveling to Qatar.