File photo of the first of seven A320neo aircrafts delivered to Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) in May 2018. Image: The Bruneian

Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) is set to fly to Beijing on October 27, making it one of the first few international airlines selected to operate to the new state-of-the-art Beijing Daixing International Airport (PKX).

The national carrier will be serving the Chinese city four times a week which addition is part of RB’s efforts to grow its footprint in China – the number one tourism source market for the sultanate.

Beijing is the seventh Chinese city that the national flag carrier serves after Shanghai, Hong Kong, Haikou, Nanning, Hangzhou and Changsha.  

RB also plans to increase its flight frequency to Beijing Daixing daily, starting January 14, 2020.

Flight schedule to Beijing. Image: Courtesy of RB

Its Chief Executive Officer Karam Chand said the airline is delighted to provide the key capital to capital city connection and fulfill our promise to connect Brunei and Beijing once again.

“As Brunei’s national carrier, the reintroduction of Beijing flights supports our network development and builds on the strong bilateral relationship between the two countries,” he said.

He added: “Beijing presents a huge opportunity for RB in one of the fastest-growing markets in the world and hence our plan to increase to daily flights around Chinese New Year next year.”

Chand also expressed his gratitude to the Chinese government for the earliest opportunity given to connect Bandar Seri Begawan and Beijing, further facilitating tourism and trade between Brunei and China.

The A320neo. Image: Courtesy of RB

The airline is also exploring options to have a Chinese airline collaborate with us via codeshare agreement on this route.

The China market has fundamentally changed in the recent past with high growth in free and independent travellers.

“These potential customers do their own research and generally book online including airline websites. We made a significant investment in launching a Chinese language website are introducing both AliPay and WeChat as payment solutions for our guests,” he said.

Flight tickets can be purchased from our guests’ preferred travel agents or through RB’s call centre at 2212222 and website via www.flyrb.com or www.flyrb.cn for China market.

The Bruneian | BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

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