Royal Brunei Airlines (Bandar Seri Begawan) and Boeing (Chicago) celebrated the delivery of the 787 Dreamliner – the first for the flag carrier of the Sultanate of Brunei and for Southeast Asia. The pictured 787-8 V8-DLA (msn 34785) was handed over to the carrier on October 2.
The airplane departed Paine Field in Everett on Wednesday evening (October 2) for a 6,540 nautical miles (12,112 km) nonstop flight home to Bandar Seri Begawan International Airport in Brunei.
The new 787 is scheduled to begin flying regionally to Singapore on October 18, with long-haul service to London, via Dubai, set to begin on December 1. Royal Brunei anticipates delivering on its promise of 100 percent Dreamliner long-haul service in the second quarter of 2014 when it will introduce the 787 on flights to Melbourne, Australia.
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Royal Brunei Airlines (Bandar Seri Begawan) announced on June 21, 2011 a “Stablization Plan” as the flag carrier concentrates on shorter routes in Asia in order to return to profitability. As part of the plan, service to Auckland, Brisbane, Perth and Ho Chi Minh City were suspended on October 31, 2011. Flights to Kuching were previously dropped in July 2011.
Copyright Photo: Antony J. Best. Eventually the six leased Singapore Airlines Boeing 777-200 ERs will be replaced with newer Boeing 787 Dreamliners. The 777s recently replaced the Boeing 767-300 ERs. The growing regional routes will be served by Airbus A319s and A320s.
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Royal Brunei Airlines (Bandar Seri Begawan) will add the Melbourne, Australia route on March 29, 2010. The new route will be operated with Boeing 777-200s.
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Copyright Photo: James Mepsted. V8-BLC arrives at London (Heathrow).
Royal Brunei Airlines (Bandar Seri Begawan) has finally added the Boeing 777 to its fleet. Previously an ex-United Airlines Boeing 777-222 (V8-RBU) was painted in April 2007 but was never delivered. Now the state airline is adding six Boeing 777-212 ERs on lease from Singapore Airlines as a replacement for its Boeing 767-300s. The first three have been delivered with the first (V8-BLA, msn 30871) arriving on June 1.
Royal Brunei Airlines (Bandar Seri Begawan) will lease three Boeing 777-300 ERs from Jet Airways after Jet received Mumbai High Court approval for the lease (Jet is required to receive court approval for each transaction).