Maintenance & Engineering

It takes two to fly a plane, but it takes a whole village to make that flight enjoyable, safe and on time. Maintenance and engineering plays a huge part to reach that goal. Technicians and engineers make sure that our planes stay in tiptop shape. And when we say tiptop, we literally mean from the tip of the nose to the top of the tail.

Scroll to explore

Meticulous maintenance

To ensure that absolutely every part of the plane receives regular check-ups, our M&E department is divided into dedicated teams, who are each responsible for different parts of the aircraft. There are teams that focus on the engines, on structural components (such as the wings), on the interior, and so on. The colleagues at Maintenance & Engineering meticulously note every change, repair and maintenance, however minor. You can’t even change the soap dispenser in the lavatory without someone at M&E keeping a record of it.
 
 
 

Engine change timelapse

Our planes get regular check-ups and certain parts need to be replaced as a preventive measure or inspected on a regular basis to ensure airworthiness. For example, the wheels need to be replaced every 500 flight hours, the landing gear every 10 years, the engine parts every 1500 landings, the emergency slides every 3 years and so on.

Some of these changes can be quite a spectacular sight. An engine change, for example, is no easy feat. The entire engine block is lifted out of the wing in one piece and replaced by another one, fresh from revision. It takes a team of mechanics 24 hours to complete the task. Have a look at one of our A330’s getting an engine change.

Regular check-ups

By preventively replacing and inspecting parts, we ensure the safety and airworthiness of our planes. All plane parts are subject to these regular check-ups, from the most obvious parts such as the wheels, to the most overlooked parts such as the soap dispenser in the lavatory.

We replace:

WHEELS

every

0

flights

ENGINE PARTS

every

0

landings

EMERGENCY SLIDES

every

0

years

LANDING GEAR

every

0

years

The Africa Expert

Did you know that most Brussels Airlines-operated flights to Africa have an engineer on board?

Usually, if our planes need unscheduled maintenance outside of our Brussels hub, we can always count on our colleagues from other airlines to help us out. But in Africa the materials and tools needed are not always available. That’s why we always send an engineer of our own (a Flying Station Engineer or FSE) to handle or prevent any mishaps. Decades of experience in Africa have given our M&E’ers some of their strongest assets: out of the box thinking, quick reactions and a can-do-attitude.

 
Brussels AirlinesBrussels AirlinesBrussels Airlines

Behind the scenes in our hangar

image