ROYAL Brunei Airlines (RB) will extend its services to North Asia and explore opportunities in newer markets given the recent addition of seven new aircrafts to its fleet.
Chief Executive Officer of RB Karam Chand in a round table discussion held in Airbus Delivery Centre in Toulouse recently said that the growing number of its aircrafts fleet allows the airlines to explore opportunities.
“We are growing from 10 to 14 aircrafts fleet and that allows us to do two things. One to make frequencies on our existing market and secondly, the biggest option is to build new markets,” he said, adding that new announcements will be made over the course of next few months.
RB’s first Airbus A320neo was successfully delivered to the sultanate on May 25 with six more aircrafts expected to reach Brunei between May and November.
The 144-passenger single-aisle aircrafts are meant to be utilized to serve the boutique airline’s regional routes.
“The opportunity for Brunei is North Asia as we have not served a number of key markets like Japan, we have a small footprint in China and not entering Taiwan, for example, so those are the opportunities,” he said.
The CEO added: “On the other side, we have India… it is a huge market. There is a sizeable middle-class population who would like to travel. So, we believe with our kind of proposition and the kind of product we offer, we will be well-suited to take advantage of those markets.”
In his speech during the A320 delivery ceremony, Chand said that the new aircraft will offer longer flying range that provides RB low risk option to open new pioneering routes of up to seven hours duration.
“It will make its first commercial flight to Singapore on June 7 followed by other destinations around the region that will get to experience the A320neo as there is no fixed destination that the aircraft will fly to,” he said.
The national carrier today operates out of its hub airport Bandar Seri Begawan to eighteen regional and international destinations in Australia, Southeast Asia, China, Middle East and the United Kingdom.