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Brussels Airways Launches Bruegel, Its Sixth Belgian Icon

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The possibilities are by now for those who journey round Europe, you’ve in all probability seen one among Brussels Airlines ‘Icon’ plane in some unspecified time in the future over the previous few years. After honouring Tintin in 2015, adopted by Magritte, the Purple Devils, Tomorrowland and the Smurfs, Brussels Airways has simply unveiled one other Belgian Icon, a singular plane impressed by Flemish renaissance painter Bruegel the Elder.

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Whereas most of us is perhaps scratching our heads to work out who that’s (and right here’s a tip, he’s not on Sport of Thrones), the result’s probably the most complicated airplane livery on the planet merely because of the huge stage of element that was hand painted.


2019 is formally the 12 months of Bruegel, so for the event, the airline joins forces with Go to Flanders and BOZAR – Centre for Tremendous Arts, who acted as curatorial advisors and prompt two up to date Belgian artists, Jos de Gruyter & Harald Thys. The artist duo was commissioned to think about a design for the plane that appears on the work of the outdated grasp from the angle of their very own creative apply.

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The result’s a 37 m lengthy Airbus A320 baptised ‘Bruegel’. The 2 sides of the fuselage characteristic a completely completely different design, which in complete took 19 days to color by hand. In actual fact, the statistics are spectacular in themselves.

That’s 1200 man hours, making use of 500 litres of primer, adopted by 140 litres of clear coat and a minimum of 30 colors. The airline plans on protecting the livery till not less than 2024, though with the most recent Lufthansa Group web sites dropping the Brussels Airways tail fin, in favour of the Eurowings tail, the way forward for Brussels Airways as a model nonetheless has an unsure future it appears.

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