10 DECEMBER 2012


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Article from BTNews 10 DECEMBER 2012

Aviation Club

Last week's final luncheon of the year of the Aviation Club of the United Kingdom attracted a near sell out audience to hear Dermott Mannion, once of Aer Lingus and now Deputy Chairman of Royal Brunei, explain how the carrier is repositioning itself as a niche carrier in South East Asia.  It does have two long haul routes, to London (via Dubai with fifth freedom rights), and to Melbourne.

An accomplished speaker Mr Mannion used the opportunity to discuss the airline's rebranding which was officially launched later the same evening at The Dorchester hotel (owned by the Sultan of Brunei – who also owns the airline).  The travel trade came en masse.  In 2013 Royal Brunei will become the first airline in the region to take delivery of the Boeing 787.

Mike Ambrose, the retiring Director of the European Regions Airlines Association (ERA) was presented with the Aviation Club Fellowship for 2012.

In its annual Christmas fundraiser just over £3,000 was raised by the Club for the children’s Dreamflight charity.  Once a year, in a specially chartered 747, Dreamflight takes seriously ill and disabled children, without their parents, on the holiday of a lifetime to Orlando, Florida. www.dreamflight.org www.aviationclub.org.uk

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