Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) has recommenced its flight to Brisbane yesterday making it the 25thinternational destination for the airline.
The national carrier is serving the Australian city four times weekly using its new fleet of A320neo aircrafts with its first direct flight departed from Bandar Seri Begawan at 7.50pm last night.
In his welcoming speech at the launch of the Brisbane flight, the chief executive officer of RB Karam Chand said the airline is delighted to recommence their flight to Brisbane for the first time since 2011.
“The new direct link will no doubt benefit our guests with a seamless travel as we have very good connections from the United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, Northeast Asia, Southeast Asia to and from Brisbane,” he said.
RB first flew to Brisbane in 1994 via Darwin, whilst its inaugural direct flight was operated in 1997 before suspending the service in 2011.
It is now the second city in Australia the airline serves after Melbourne.
“Serving Brisbane will strategically position RB as a key player on the Kangaroo route in the important UK-Australia market. Coupled with our daily non-stop route between London Heathrow and Brunei, it allows us to open an entirely different part of Australia to our guests in addition to our daily Melbourne flight which has already proved very popular,” said Chand.
Minister at the Prime Minister’s Office and Minister of Finance and Economy II YB Dato Seri Setia Dr Hj Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah, who is also Chairman of RB Board of Directors said that Darussalam Assets as a shareholder endeavours to build a sustainable foundation to spur economic vitality in harmony with nation-building objectives.
“Connecting Brunei with Brisbane will no doubt be a catalyst for increased travel, trade and tourism and will benefit not only consumers but the nation as a whole,” said the minister.
The introduction of new destinations by RB recently, added the minister, such as Taipei, Tokyo, Seoul, Kuching and several Chinese cities and the resultant schedule patterns allows the creation of attractive alternative hub in Southeast Asia.
In 2018, the number of tourist arrivals from Australia increased by 12.8 per cent.
The reintroduction of RB’s direct flight to Brisbane is projected to boost visitor number from Australia to Brunei further and help RB achieve the national objective of delivering 500,000 visitors to Brunei by 2021.
The sultanate recorded an increase of tourist arrivals by air by 7.4 per cent year-on-year from 258,955 in 2017 to 278,136 in 2018.
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN