Royal Brunei Airlines (Bandar Seri Begawan) has signed a contract with Airbus covering the firm order of seven A320neo aircraft plus three options, under the latest phase of its fleet modernization program. Featuring a two class premium layout, the aircraft will be operated on the airline’s regional network linking Bandar Seri Begawan with destinations across Asia. The aircraft will be powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines.
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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Attending the event was the Minister of Communications, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah bin Begawan Mudim Dato Paduka Haji Bakar as Guest of Honour, as well as RB’s Chairman and Board of Directors, staff and other invited guests.
Included in the guest list were some of the country’s national icons: Two of Brunei’s Olympians, Maziah Mahusin, Brunei’s first female Olympian who represented Brunei at the London Summer Olympics in the 400m run, Ak Hafiy Tajuddin Pg Rositi who represented Brunei at the London Summer Olympics in the 400m run, the Under-21 football team who were the champions of the Hassanal Bolkiah Trophy in March 2012, and the Kilimanjaro team an all female team who raised the Brunei Flag at the highest peak of Mount Kilimanjaro in 2001.
Prior to the reveal, Royal Brunei Airlines has been releasing teasers of its redefinition of travel to in the local market, both via print and online adverts and the “Smile Squad”; who has been sparking public curiosity over the past two weeks. The Smiles Squad has been spotted in different parts of the country, spreading genuine smiles and good cheer to the public.
Mr. Dermot Mannion, Deputy Chairman of RB, said “Over the next year, we will be redefining the Royal Brunei Airlines flying experience, starting with our classic styled new livery and logo. This redefinition is not merely an ad campaign, but rather a long term commitment to our passengers to create a family-like, peaceful and tranquil atmosphere with high class customer service.
The new livery and logo is the first step on RB’s rebranding journey. Over the next year, the national carrier will be rolling out a new website experience (including new social media experience), new uniforms and new lounge and ticket office environments.
The completion of the rebranding process will be timed to coincide with the entry into service of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner on September 1, 2013, making RB the first airline in South-East Asia to take delivery of this ultra modern aircraft.
Image: Royal Brunei Airlines.
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 Boeing 777-212 ER V8-BLC (msn 28524) LHR (Antony J. Best), originally uploaded by Airliners Gallery.
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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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).