BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) will soon introduce flights to Haikou later this year, adding to its existing routes to China.
The new route is slated to begin October 30, “subject to government approval and granting of landing rights,” said RB CEO Karam Chand in a press conference in Nanning yesterday.
Once approved, the CEO said, RB will provide a twice-a-week flight between Bandar Seri Begawan and Haikou, the capital of China’s Hainan province, using its new Airbus A320neo fleet.
Chand said the move was made following an overwhelming response of its flights to Nanning, which began in April this year.
“Our Nanning flights have proven to be very popular. We have experienced an average load factor in excess of 80 per cent since the flight was introduced.”
“This is good news to Bruneian and Nanning tourism stakeholders,” the CEO added.
RB services routes between Bandar Seri Begawan and Nanning twice a week.
Chand was in Nanning along with Wu Chun, RB’s Brand Ambassador, yesterday to promote the recently launched scheduled services between Nanning and the sultanate.
China is the world’s largest tourism market, Chand said, and has one of the largest foreign direct investments in Brunei.
“This provides RB the opportunities to further expand and enable more travel, trade and investment between the two countries.”
The CEO also projected that more flights could be added to RB’s list, and pledged that the company will continue to monitor the possibilities of linking Brunei to more destinations in the future, particularly with the various regional cities of China.
RB received its first of seven narrow body A320neo aircrafts from Airbus last month. The eco-friendly aircraft offers full services and products that include choices for business, economy plus and economy seats, as well as over 1,000 options of entertainment content.