Royal Brunei Airlines reports 6.8 per cent passenger growth in 2013

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Being the JW6HHMFHHXbiggest carrier at Bandar Seri Begawan (where it commands around 77 per cent of all weekly seats this October, followed by Cebu Pacific Air and Singapore Airlines with 8.9 per cent and 5 per cent respectively), Royal Brunei carried 1.1 million passengers in 2013, representing an increase of 6.8 per cent over the previous year.

As a matter of fact, 2013 was a good year for the carrier, as its load factor went up 1.2 per cent and ASKs grew by 4.9 per cent. With two new additions to its network in 2014, including the resumption of services to Ho Chi Minh City (a sector last served in October 2011) on October 17 with four weekly flights, Royal Brunei is likely to continue its growth this year.

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Overall, looking at passenger development since 2003, the airline has had a fluctuating pattern, as a result of a period of operational rationalisation. While for most of the last 12 years the airline has carried around one million passengers, peaking in 2010 at almost 1.4 million, Royal Brunei recorded an annual average growth rate (measured in CAGR) of 1.3 per cent over the 2003-2013 time frame. In addition its load factors have oscillated between 61.2 per cent and 72.5 per cent over this period.

Currently, the airline operates 14 non-stop services to 12 countries. The airline’s network is relatively stable with Kuala Lumpur and Singapore being the most frequently served destinations with twice-weekly departures from its hub, using a mixed fleet of 144-seat A320s, 122-seat A319s and 254-seat 787-8s. In fact all of the carrier’s routes are being operated from Bandar Seri Begawan, with the only exception being the 5,504-kilometer sector from Dubai to London Heathrow (highlighted in bright green), which is served daily as part of the carrier’s longest sector from its hub to the UK’s primary gateway.

Royal Brunei’s weekly departures posted 8.2 per cent growth this October, with only the 1,365-kilometer airport pair to Surabaya growing, as a result of the carrier adding two additional weekly flights over the past 12 months. By comparison, operations to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi decreased by two weekly flights to six times weekly.

On the other hand, analysis of which of Royal Brunei’s routes offer the most capacity, measured by ASKs (Available Seat Kilometres), still sees Bandar Seri Begawan-Dubai top the list, even though the 6,727-kilometer sector experienced 11per cent capacity decline this October due to the carrier replacing its phased out 777-200 operations with 787-8 flights. Unsurprisingly, the top three routes are on long-haul, being served daily by the airline’s recently delivered 787-8s.

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On October 16, Royal Brunei has signed a deal with British Airways to expand its network by adding a further six UK destinations via Heathrow. The deal allows Royal Brunei passengers to book single-ticket flights to Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Belfast on BA’s domestic operations.

Commenting on the agreement, Dermot Mannion, Deputy Chairman, Royal Brunei, said: “As the only airline to guarantee a 100 per cent Dreamliner service on all long-haul flights, extending our route network to the UK through our partnership with BA means that even more passengers are now able to fly in comfort to a broad range of destinations in the Middle East, Asia and Australasia.”

 


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Being the biggest carrier at Bandar Seri Begawan (where it commands around 77 per cent of all weekly seats this October, followed by Cebu Pacific Air and Singapore Airlines with 8.9 per cent and 5 per cent respectively), Royal Brunei carried 1.1 million passengers in 2013, representing an increase of 6.8 per cent over the previous year.

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Being the JW6HHMFHHXbiggest carrier at Bandar Seri Begawan (where it commands around 77 per cent of all weekly seats this October, followed by Cebu Pacific Air and Singapore Airlines with 8.9 per cent and 5 per cent respectively), Royal Brunei carried 1.1 million passengers in 2013, representing an increase of 6.8 per cent over the previous year.

As a matter of fact, 2013 was a good year for the carrier, as its load factor went up 1.2 per cent and ASKs grew by 4.9 per cent. With two new additions to its network in 2014, including the resumption of services to Ho Chi Minh City (a sector last served in October 2011) on October 17 with four weekly flights, Royal Brunei is likely to continue its growth this year.

Inside Brunei 2013/14
Inside Brunei 2013/14
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Overall, looking at passenger development since 2003, the airline has had a fluctuating pattern, as a result of a period of operational rationalisation. While for most of the last 12 years the airline has carried around one million passengers, peaking in 2010 at almost 1.4 million, Royal Brunei recorded an annual average growth rate (measured in CAGR) of 1.3 per cent over the 2003-2013 time frame. In addition its load factors have oscillated between 61.2 per cent and 72.5 per cent over this period.

Currently, the airline operates 14 non-stop services to 12 countries. The airline’s network is relatively stable with Kuala Lumpur and Singapore being the most frequently served destinations with twice-weekly departures from its hub, using a mixed fleet of 144-seat A320s, 122-seat A319s and 254-seat 787-8s. In fact all of the carrier’s routes are being operated from Bandar Seri Begawan, with the only exception being the 5,504-kilometer sector from Dubai to London Heathrow (highlighted in bright green), which is served daily as part of the carrier’s longest sector from its hub to the UK’s primary gateway.

Royal Brunei’s weekly departures posted 8.2 per cent growth this October, with only the 1,365-kilometer airport pair to Surabaya growing, as a result of the carrier adding two additional weekly flights over the past 12 months. By comparison, operations to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi decreased by two weekly flights to six times weekly.

On the other hand, analysis of which of Royal Brunei’s routes offer the most capacity, measured by ASKs (Available Seat Kilometres), still sees Bandar Seri Begawan-Dubai top the list, even though the 6,727-kilometer sector experienced 11per cent capacity decline this October due to the carrier replacing its phased out 777-200 operations with 787-8 flights. Unsurprisingly, the top three routes are on long-haul, being served daily by the airline’s recently delivered 787-8s.

Inside Brunei 2013/14
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On October 16, Royal Brunei has signed a deal with British Airways to expand its network by adding a further six UK destinations via Heathrow. The deal allows Royal Brunei passengers to book single-ticket flights to Manchester, Glasgow, Leeds Bradford, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Belfast on BA’s domestic operations.

Commenting on the agreement, Dermot Mannion, Deputy Chairman, Royal Brunei, said: “As the only airline to guarantee a 100 per cent Dreamliner service on all long-haul flights, extending our route network to the UK through our partnership with BA means that even more passengers are now able to fly in comfort to a broad range of destinations in the Middle East, Asia and Australasia.”

 


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