BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) will begin direct flights to Tokyo early next year.
The thrice weekly service between Bandar Seri Begawan to Tokyo’s Narita International Airport will commence on March 15, 2019, said RB’s Chief Executive Officer Karam Chand.
Chand said that the addition of Tokyo as one of RB’s new destinations is part of the national carrier’s fleet expansion which enabled the company to grow its network in the region.
“This is an important capital city to capital city connection. We are extremely proud to provide with thrice weekly services which will be increased with market growth,” he said in his speech during the official launch of its fleet of Airbus A320Neo aircraft at the Brunei International Airport last night.
RB is expected to receive all of its seven A320Neos by November this year.
A special livery bearing Bruneian motifs on one of RB’s A320Neo aircrafts was also unveiled last night which will be used on all RB’s short and medium-haul routes.
“We are proud to see the A320Neo flying in the colours of Royal Brunei and wish the airline every success with its new fleet,” said Jean Francois Laval, Airbus Executive Vice President (EVP) Customer Affairs for Asia.
In Tokyo, the sun rises with gratitude. We're thrilled to announce that starting March 15th 2019, Royal Brunei Airlines will be flying non-stop from Brunei to Tokyo 3x weekly! #RBbetterfly #royalbrunei #newroute#brunei #japan pic.twitter.com/iAKtqulDs5
— RoyalBruneiAirlines (@RoyalBruneiAir) September 23, 2018
RB last night also announced its Destination Marketing campaign to promote Brunei internationally, in collaboration with Brunei Tourism and Singapore’s M&C Saatchi.
Beginning Sept 24, Chand said, the airline will promote itself “digitally 100 per cent” in key international markets.
Also present during the launching ceremony were the Minister of Primary Resources and Tourism Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Hj Ali Hj Apong, the Minister of Communications Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Setia Abdul Mutalib Pehin Orang Kaya Seri Setia Dato Paduka Haji Mohd Yusof and the Minister of Finance II Yang Berhormat Dato Seri Paduka Dr Hj Mohd Amin Liew Abdullah, who is also the chairman of RB.