Royal Brunei has publicly confirmed that it plans to add Boeing 777s in late June and that it is speaking to Singapore Airlines (SIA), which is looking to phase out some of its 777-200ERs.
I confirmed this with Royal Brunei's top spokeswoman but she was reluctant to elaborate because the deal has yet to be finalised.
But Royal Brunei's online booking engine shows that it plans to replace its Boeing 767s on the Bandar Seri Begawan-London Heathrow route with 777s starting 24 June.
Its non-stop Bandar Seri Begawan-Brisbane service will switch from 767s to 777s effective 25 June, the booking engine shows.
Sources tell me that the Royal Brunei 777s have 30 business class and 225 economy class seats, which matches SIA's two-class 777s with local registration starting with 9V-SV.
Royal Brunei needs the 777s as interim lift until its Boeing 787s arrive (whenever that is). Prior to now it has been getting by with 767s.
I also received an email today from SIA's top spokesman, Nick Ionides, telling me that the Singapore carrier has finalised an agreement with Russia's Transaero covering the sale of four 777-200s, with manufacturing serial numbers 28998, 28999, 28514 and 28523.