Category Archives: Royal Brunei Airlines

Royal Brunei introduces a special livery for its Airbus A320neo aircraft

First Airbus A320neo for Royal Brunei

Royal Brunei Airlines has made this announcement on social media:

Thrilled to showcase our new A320neo livery to celebrate the very best of Brunei tourism! Decked with traditional songket patterns and showcasing some of Brunei’s most fascinating landmarks, lush rainforests and stunning underwater scenery.

Top Copyright Photo (all others by Royal Brunei): Royal Brunei Airlines Airbus A320-251N WL F-WWBH (V8-RBA) (msn 8231) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 941738.

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Royal Brunei takes delivery of its first Airbus A320neo

First Airbus A320neo for Royal Brunei

Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) has taken delivery of its first Airbus A320neo aircraft during an event in Toulouse, France attended by Karam Chand, RBA Chief Executive Officer: Her Excellency Datin Paduka Malai Hajah Halimah binti Malai Haji Yussof, Ambassador of Brunei Darussalam to France; and Eric Schulz, Airbus Chief Commercial Officer.

The aircraft is the first of seven A320neo ordered by the airline under its single aisle fleet renewal programme. Powered by CFM International LEAP-1A26 engines, the new aircraft features a premium three class layout with 12 business class seats, 18 economy plus and 120 in the main cabin. The airline will operate the aircraft on its extensive regional network.

Royal Brunei has been flying A320 Family aircraft since 2003 and currently operates a fleet of six A320ceo jets.

Top Copyright Photo: Royal Brunei Airlines Airbus A320-251N WL F-WWBH (V8-RBA) (msn 8231) TLS (Eurospot). Image: 941738.

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Royal Brunei Airlines announces daily nonstop flights to London

Royal Brunei Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner V8-DLB (msn 34786) LHR (SPA). Image: 937636.

Royal Brunei Airlines has announced the launching of daily nonstop flights between Brunei and London (Heathrow) effective on October 28, 2018. The nonstop flights will see guests enjoying faster journeys with the round trip travel time reduced by 3.5 hours to/from Brunei and 5.3 hours to/from Melbourne.

With the introduction of the daily nonstop flights to London, RB will cease operating the Dubai-London-Dubai route. RB will however continue to provide the vital link to the GCC via Dubai and offer four times weekly Brunei-Dubai-Brunei services effective October 29, 2018.

With these changes, RB has also updated its schedule for its Melbourne flights to cater for better connections within its long haul route network. These schedules are subject to slot clearances and government approvals.

Flight No. Sector Departure Arrival Days of Operations
BI003 Brunei to London 00:15 06:50 Daily
BI004 London to Brunei 17:05 14:40 (+1 day) Daily
Effective October 28, 2018
Flight No. Sector Departure Arrival Days of Operations
BI005 Brunei to Melbourne 19:00 05:00 (+1 day) Daily
BI006 Melbourne to Brunei 18:40 22:40 Daily
Effective October 28, 2018
Flight No. Sector Departure Arrival Days of Operations
BI007 Brunei to Dubai 00:20 05:00 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
BI008 Dubai to Brunei 06:00 18:00 Mon, Wed, Fri, Sun
Effective October 29, 2018


RB launched its first flight to London (Gatwick) via Singapore and Dubai in 1990.

On May 10, 1991, RB flew twice weekly to London Heathrow.

RB launched its daily flight to London (via Dubai) on May 16, 2004.

On October 28, 2018, RB will launch its daily nonstop flight to London from Brunei.

Copyright Photo: Royal Brunei Airlines Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner V8-DLB (msn 34786) LHR (SPA). Image: 937636.

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Royal Brunei signs a firm order for seven Airbus A320neo aircraft

Royal Brunei A320neo (12)(Flt)(Airbus)(LRW)

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.

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Boeing delivers the first 787-8 to Royal Brunei Airlines

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 introduces a new livery

Royal Brunei Airlines(RB) (Bandar Seri Begawan) revealed a new livery and logo on October 30, 2012 at an event held at Hangar 1, Brunei International Airport. The new livery and logo was revealed

 on an Airbus A319, which was painted by RB’s own in-house engineering team.

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.

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Royal Brunei Airlines implements its restructuring program

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 to fly to Melbourne, Australia

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 finally adds the Boeing 777-200

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 to lease three Boeing 777-300 ER from Jet Airways

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).