RB to return to Brisbane on June 11

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A file photo of RB’s new A320 Neo. Image: RIdhwan Kamarulzaman

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) today announced that it will recommence its flight to Brisbane, Australia starting June 11 this year.

The national flag carrier has also revealed flight schedule to Brisbane, adding that the four times weekly routes will be serviced by its new A320 Neo aircrafts. (see table below).

Brisbane was the second city in Australia that RB flew to in 1994 via Darwin, whilst its inaugural direct flight was operated in 1997 before suspending the service in 2011.

The airline’s CEO Karam Chand said he was pleased to be able to reconnect to Queensland capital once again.

“We have very good connections from United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, East Asia and South East Asia to/from Brisbane,” Chand said.

“We offer great value to our Australian guests and exciting destinations such as Brunei, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, Ho Chi Minh City to name a few which could be packaged as single or dual destination holidays,” he added.

RB currently has seven A320 Neo aircrafts, powered by CFM LEAP-1A engines, are configured with 12 business class seats and 138 economy class seats for a total of 150 and earmarked for both growth and the replacement of its five A320ceos.

RB’s sole Australian route at the moment is only a direct flight to Melbourne using its Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner and like the current service, the reconnected route was also expected to support the airline’s flights to London.

Brisbane Airport Corporate (BAC) CEO Gert-Han de Graaff in a statement also welcomed the recommencement of the route, adding that it is another step for the growth of Brisbane’s ASEAN network.

“It is great to welcome Royal Brunei Airlines as Brisbane Airport’s 34th international airline and Bandar Seri Begawan as our 33rd international destination,”

“RB has been a long friend of Brisbane and it is great we will now have further access into the UK and ASEAN. Importantly, these new direct links will also expand tourism, business and trade opportunities between Queensland and Brunei,”

“It is also great that new longer-range narrow-body aircraft such as the A320neo are now able to make direct flights into Brisbane more viable than ever, an opportunity we are working to expand on going into the future,” de Graaff said.

The Bruneian