Review: Brussels Airlines Tomorrowland Flight Frankfurt To Brussels

Introduction
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In the interest of full disclosure, I was a media guest of Brussels Airlines on these flights. I paid for my own hotel and flights to/from Brussels, and for that matter there wasn’t actually a way to buy a ticket on these flights except as part of a Tomorrowland package. All opinions expressed are my own.

Brussels Airlines 1808
Frankfurt (FRA) – Brussels (BRU)
Thursday, July 24
Depart: 10:20AM
Arrive: 11:35AM
Duration: 1hr15min
Aircraft: Airbus A330
Seat: 1A (Business Class)

Boarding began at around 10AM. In addition to the crew, the “elves” were at the door to greet passengers.

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Brussels Airlines Tomorrowland Flight Boarding

Goodie bags were also handed out, which consisted of Red Bull, sunglasses, keychains, and Tomorrowland newspapers.

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Brussels Airlines Tomorrowland Flight Goodie Bag

It was also pretty cool that all the seat covers were Tomorrowland-branded.

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Brussels Airlines Tomorrowland Flight Seat Covers

At around 10:20AM the captain came on the PA to welcome everyone aboard “this very special Brussels Airlines flight to Tomorrowland” and inform us of our flight time of 45 minutes. He explained that there would be a departure delay due to some baggage we were waiting on, and promised to keep us updated.

Shortly thereafter the purser came on the PA with a similar welcome – “people of Tomorrowland, welcome aboard this flight to Brussels,” which was met with loud applause. She also reminded everyone that it was strictly prohibited to consume your own alcohol aboard. 😉

When boarding was finished the “elves” settled in again in the seats behind me (for the record, I’m not a creep — they were posing for a picture). 😉

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Brussels Airlines Tomorrowland Flight Elves

The delay lasted for a little while, but everyone was in good spirits. Every so often the passengers would randomly start singing a song, despite no musical accompaniment, which I found pretty hilarious.

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Lufthansa 747-400 Frankfurt Airport

We ended up starting our pushback at 11:15AM. We taxied out to runway 18, which took about 20 minutes. I was quite excited to be taxiing by the Lufthansa 747-8 Fanhansa Siegerflieger, which flew the German World Cup team home after their victory.

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Lufthansa 747-8 Frankfurt Airport

At 11:35AM we were airborne, which was once again met with applause and screaming.

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Taking Off Runway 18

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Brussels Airlines Tomorrowland Flight Airshow

Five minutes after takeoff the seatbelt sign was turned off and inflight DJ (DJ Makasi) set up his “booth” on top of a galley cart, even though he only had 20 minutes to entertain the cabin.

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Brussels Airlines Tomorrowland Flight DJ

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Brussels Airlines Tomorrowland Flight DJ

The purser asked everyone to lower their window shades for the party flight, and the lights in the cabin were dimmed all the way.

My next goal is to get onto one of these party flights from one of the further destinations, like Oslo, where they have an extra hour or so to go wild.

So I’m no sure words can really describe the next 20 minutes. It was unlike anything I’ve ever seen before.

Here are a couple of videos I took of the flight:

I mean, what can really be said other than “wow, awesome?”

Nearly everyone in the cabin was taking pictures and videos, to the point that cell phones almost acted as glow sticks.

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Brussels Airlines Tomorrowland Flight Cabin

There was screaming…

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Brussels Airlines Tomorrowland Flight Cabin

And singing…

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Brussels Airlines Tomorrowland Flight Cabin

And patriotism…

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Brussels Airlines Tomorrowland Flight Cabin

And… Winnie The Pooh (or something)?!

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Brussels Airlines Tomorrowland Flight Cabin

I don’t think I’ve ever had 20 minutes in my life where I had a bigger grin on my face that I just couldn’t erase. The whole situation was just surreal.

All too soon we were already on our descent into Brussels, and the seatbelt sign was turned back on.

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Approach Into Brussels

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Approach Into Brussels

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Approach Into Brussels

At 12:15PM we touched down in Brussels, which was again met with applause. When the purser announced “people of Tomorrowland, welcome to Brussels,” that was met with even more applause.

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Touchdown Brussels Airport

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Brussels Airlines A330

We taxied to a remote stand, which I think was by design, so everyone could get pictures of the special plane.

I may have gotten slightly excited by the Saudia Cargo 747.

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Saudia Cargo 747

This certainly wasn’t your usual “crap, we got a remote stand, shut up and get on the bus” situation, but rather people were jumping up and down out of excitement as they descended down the stairs.

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Brussels Airlines A330 Upon Arrival

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Brussels Airlines A330 Upon Arrival

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Brussels Airlines A330 Upon Arrival

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Brussels Airlines A330 Upon Arrival

Bottom line

I think it’s time for a general confession of my ignorance here. I’ve never attended an EDM festival, and always kind of dismissed them, thinking they’re full of… well, how do you describe the people that you’d envision attending these types of festivals?

But I was actually inspired after seeing this. It’s a bit ironic that this “happy” festival was happening the same week so many bad things were happening in the world, between MH17 and the whole Israel/Palestine conflict.

Seeing everyone at this event so happy and so open minded warmed my heart. There were literally people from every part of the world on the flight, from Australia to India to Germany to Brazil to the United States to Malaysia. And they all had a bond, and were just so freaking happy.

It really did warm my heart. I’ll definitely go out of my way to visit the festival next year.

Thanks again to Brussels Airlines for inviting me along for the ride. It was one of the coolest things I’ve ever witnessed, and I have to give them credit for how well they executed it. Airlines put a lot of money nowadays into branding, social media, and wanting to “appear” cool. In this case Brussels Airlines didn’t just try, but they succeeded. And I generally salute them for being a really progressive, fun, quirky carrier.

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Comments

  1. OSL-BRU?? Forget it!! They should have a GRU-BRU flight next year!!!
    Could you imagine a 10h red-eye with this atmosphere?? C’mon Ben, start the campaign for this one today!!!

  2. Just make your plan in September, be in Atlanta for Tomorrowworld. Ease your way in so you can be ready for the main event next year.

  3. awesome read! even if you’re not sure you’re much of a festival goer, 1 hour surrounded by that atmosphere is enough to whet your appetite and turn you into a near convert. what about klm’s ams-mia for the ultra music festival? that must’ve been even more epic.

  4. Wait, you had Makasi? I believe some other flight had Mr. Vegas himself!
    Also, the “Winny the poo” was Walibi Holland’s mascot- hey, you should go there!

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