A tourist landmark structure at the Tawau waterfront basking under the sun with clear blue sky. Image: Shutterstock

Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) flew to Tawau for the first time on Monday, marking the national carrier’s third destination in Sabah via its RB Link regional service.

RB Senior Vice President Revenue Management Louis Du Plessis said that Sabah is already one of the airline’s most popular destinations with 18 weekly flights to Kota Kinabalu, six weekly to Sandakan via Brunei International Airport.

“We are delighted to introduce Tawau as our latest addition operating six flights a week using a brand new ATR 72-600 operated by our business partner Malindo Air.  It’s another important and exciting step in our goal to make travel easier within Borneo and beyond,” he said.

RB Senior Vice President Revenue Management Louis Du Plessis seen delivering his speech at Tawau Airport. Image: Courtesy of RB.

On his part,  Group Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Airports Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin said that RB’s new flight to Tawau Airport is the airport’s second international route.

“As of September 2019, Tawau Airport recorded a 15.5 per cent increase in passenger movement compared to the same period last year,” he said.

“This new service will definitely help bring in more visitors and boost the tourism sector in Sabah especially in anticipation of Visit Malaysia 2020 next year.”

For Sabah Tourism Board, its General Manager Noredah Othman added that the board recently inked a deal with RB for a UK marketing collaboration.

Representatives of RB, Malaysia Airports, Sabah Tourism Board and Tawau Municipal Council seen cutting a cake to mark the inaugural arrival of the RB Link flight to Tawau. Image: Courtesy of RB

“It’s timely as we can also include this new route from Brunei to Tawau in the campaign. Besides being the gateway to Semporna, Tawau also has its unique places of interest,” he said.

Some of the interesting attractions include Tawau Hills Park that houses one of the tallest tropical trees in the world, the 27,000-year-old Columnar Basalt at the Balung Cocos village and what is dubbed the Lost World, Maliau Basin.

RB Link flights provide guests with a full-service experience, including a light snack and drink service for flights over one hour, and checked baggage allowance of 15kg or, for connecting guests, weight in-line with international fare rules.

Tawau at sunset. Image: Shutterstock

The aircraft can accommodate 72 all-economy class seats with 4 preferred seats on a 43-inch seat pitch and 6 preferred seats with a 33-inch seat pitch.

Currently, RB Link operates to Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Sandakan, Bintulu, Tawau and very soon to Sibu and Balikpapan.

Also present during the inaugural flight celebration was Deputy Chairman of Sabah Tourism Board Marunda K.K Ampong; Deputy President of Tawau Municipal Council Koh Kian Leong and General Manager of Malaysia Airports Kamaruzzaman Razali.

RB is flying six times weekly between Bandar Seri Begawan and Tawau. The schedule is effective from November 11 and is as follows:

Source: RB, Image: The Bruneian

Flights can be purchased from any of your preferred travel agents or through Royal Brunei Airlines’ sales offices, call centre and website: www.flyrb.com

The Bruneian | BRUNEI – MUARA

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