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Article from BTNews 24 SEPTEMBER 2018

Royal Brunei on growth trail

A new daily direct route between Bandar Seri Begawan and Heathrow to replace the existing stopover service via Dubai is being launched next month by Royal Brunei Airlines with a Boeing B787-8 Dreamliner.

The change will also create a new one-stop service between Heathrow and Melbourne, which the airline says will enable it to become a major player in the UK-Australia market.

Royal Brunei CEO Karam Chand is expected to fly to the UK on the inaugural flight from Brunei, which is due to land on the morning of Sunday 28 October, to take part in launch activities at Heathrow Terminal 4.

The Dreamliner is configured to carry 254 passengers, with 28 in Business Class and 236 in Economy.

The service between London and the Brunei capital is one of several new developments from the airline this winter, including the resumption of flights to Taiwan from Bandar Seri Begawan from 3 December.

The three-a-week service will be operated by the Airbus A320neo configured to accommodate 150 passengers, with 12 in Business Class, 18 in Premium and 120 in Economy.

Royal Brunei is also planning to deploy the A320neo on a new route to Haikou, the capital of the Chinese island province of Hainan, from 30 October.


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