BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) has made its first flight to Taipei today, as it continues to further strengthen its regional network and connectivity in East Asia.
The new route is a codeshare between the national carrier and China Airlines (CI) which flights to and from the sultanate and Taiwan are operated by RB.
RB Chief Executive Officer Karam Chand in his opening speech at the launch of the inaugural flight said that the boutique airline is pleased to have CI as its codeshare partner.
“We warmly welcome CI guests on board our flights which will be operated using one of our game-changing A320neo aircrafts,” he said, adding that RB welcomed its seventh A320neo aircraft last month.
With the recommenced flights to the Taiwanese city, the CEO is confident that the new route has strengthened its regional network and increased connectivity options for its guests through the marketing of RB’s single and dual destination packages in all cities it serves.
“Taipei is projected to be a key tourism and trade market for Brunei as well as a major contributor to RB’s network,” said Chand.
RB first flew to Taipei in 1986 and effective today, it will resume to the capital city three times a week on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays with flight duration of three hours and 30 minutes.
The new service provides a strong platform to build the country’s tourism flows and earnings as well as for Taiwan tourism stakeholders who will have the opportunity to welcome Bruneians and other nationalities to the island, said Chand.
“Our flights have been very well-received by our guests as demonstrated by the strong forward bookings. The two cities will only be seamlessly connected by RB services and it will significantly cut down travel time,” the ceo said.
Furthermore, Chand said that the airline is confident that with market growth it will be able to add more flights and it is already planning to add another flight in April next year subject to approvals.
On his part, CI President Su-Chien Hsieh said that the Chinese carrier has a longstanding partnership with RB and had previously been RB’s ground handling agent for airports in Taiwan.
He said that the new partnership will boost ties between the two regions taking advantage of Brunei’s development potential and help build a more comprehensive global network.
“Travelers from Southeast Asia and Northeast Asia are likely to make Taiwan as their new transit hub as well. The boost in product coverage and competitiveness will provide travellers with a greater range of flight options,” said the president.
Prior to the inaugural flight, RB held a promotional event in Taipei on December 1 – 2 along with the airline’s International Brand Ambassador Wu Chun.
The two-event included a Destination Brunei marketing campaign where Wu Chun took part in activities with thousands of fans and visitors at the venue to promote and attract tourists to Brunei.
“I warmly welcome even more visitors from Taipei to my beautiful country Brunei. My Brunei offers unique experience where you will find everyone as family as you are greeted with warm smile of Bruneian hospitality, wondrous sights of our rich and cultural heritage,” he said.
The flight was on the special livery A320neo aircraft that showcase the very best of Brunei tourism, carrying passengers including 48 Bruneian students who will be attending the 2018 Compatriot Youth Taiwan Tour along with RB Chief Commercial Officer Martin Aeberli as RB’s Head of Delegation.
As the aircraft landed in Taipei Taoyuan International Airport at 13.45hrs, it was greeted with a water cannon salute, to mark the inaugural touchdown of the flight.