Got a tip off late last week that Royal Brunei are back at it again trying to get leases on Boeing 777s and that the carrier is currently in talks to try and secure some of Singapore Airlines’ Boeing 777-200s.
This perked my curiosity enough that I put in a call this morning to my old boss , Nick Ionides, who now works at Singapore Airlines. Didn’t ask him about Royal Brunei because I know he’s never going to confirm it but I did ask him what the situation is with the airline’s fleet of 777-200s and Boeing 747-400s.
This is the response I got “by the end of this financial year, ie March 2010, we will have seven 777-200s and three 747-400s available for sale.”
“As we’ve said before we expect to phase out the last 747-400 pax aircraft around 2011. No plans to phase out [all the] 777-200s in the immediate future” as some are being retrofitted for routes to
The fact that the 787 programme is delayed means that Royal Brunei is in desperate need for some interim lift.
This is because Royal Brunei’s 767s lack the range to go non-stop to Europe so they have to do a stopover in the
After speaking to SIA, I put in a call into Royal Brunei’s PR department. Unfortunately, I didn’t have any luck confirming the bit about talks with SIA. But I’ll keep digging and if I get anything …you can read it on this blog.