Royal Brunei the first ASEAN airliner to deploy 787s

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dreamlinerBrunei’s national carrier Royal Brunei Airlines will be the first airliner in Southeast Asia to deploy Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

An initial fleet of four 787s, which will be placed into service in the fourth quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of 2014, would “significantly improve efficiency” and “should lead to a further reduction in losses of Royal Brunei’s long-haul network,” the airline said.

One of Southeast Asia’s smallest flag carriers has come a long way since restructuring in 2011, when three medium/long-haul and two short-haul routes were cut. So far the results have been positive with Royal Brunei’s short-haul operation having already turned the corner and is now growing again in response to surging demand for travel within Asia.

The airline said the Dreamliner will replace the current B777 aircraft on the daily Brunei-London route via Dubai from December 1, 2013, and from March 1, 2014, it will replace the B777 aircraft on daily services between Brunei and Melbourne.

RBA currently operates a fleet of four 777-200ERs and five A320 family aircraft to 14 destinations, including 10 in Asia. The 777-200ERs are currently used to serve the carrier’s four long-haul destinations – Dubai, London, Jeddah and Melbourne.

On June 18, Royal Brunei also signed a partnership with Air France-KLM’s engineering and maintenance arm to establish a 787 maintenance base in Brunei that will work on Royal Brunei’s own and potentially third-party aircraft.

 

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Brunei’s national carrier Royal Brunei Airlines will be the first airliner in Southeast Asia to deploy Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

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dreamlinerBrunei’s national carrier Royal Brunei Airlines will be the first airliner in Southeast Asia to deploy Boeing’s 787 Dreamliner aircraft.

An initial fleet of four 787s, which will be placed into service in the fourth quarter of 2013 and the first quarter of 2014, would “significantly improve efficiency” and “should lead to a further reduction in losses of Royal Brunei’s long-haul network,” the airline said.

One of Southeast Asia’s smallest flag carriers has come a long way since restructuring in 2011, when three medium/long-haul and two short-haul routes were cut. So far the results have been positive with Royal Brunei’s short-haul operation having already turned the corner and is now growing again in response to surging demand for travel within Asia.

The airline said the Dreamliner will replace the current B777 aircraft on the daily Brunei-London route via Dubai from December 1, 2013, and from March 1, 2014, it will replace the B777 aircraft on daily services between Brunei and Melbourne.

RBA currently operates a fleet of four 777-200ERs and five A320 family aircraft to 14 destinations, including 10 in Asia. The 777-200ERs are currently used to serve the carrier’s four long-haul destinations – Dubai, London, Jeddah and Melbourne.

On June 18, Royal Brunei also signed a partnership with Air France-KLM’s engineering and maintenance arm to establish a 787 maintenance base in Brunei that will work on Royal Brunei’s own and potentially third-party aircraft.

 

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