Royal Brunei Airlines’ new Boeing 787-8s have been very well received by passengers on its regional network, so much so that it may revise its plans only to use them on long-haul services.
“The feedback on our regional routes is very strong,” says deputy chairman Dermot Mannion, speaking from the Dubai air show where one of its two 787s is on static display. “We didn’t have a plan to operate 787s regionally when we started out, but there is the beginnings of a case to look at operating the 787 on sector lengths of 5-6 hours.”
Royal Brunei has taken delivery of two 787s. The aircraft have initially been used on intra-Asia routes for crew familiarisation before they are deployed on services to Dubai and London on 1 December. This will be followed by Melbourne in April 2014.
The carrier will take delivery of a further two 787s in January and February 2014, and is negotiating the delivery schedule for its fifth aircraft.
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