Royal Brunei Airlines is preparing for the arrival of its Boeing 787s in October 2013 which will signal the introduction of a new on-board premium product.
The airline has five 787-8s on order that were originally due for delivery in 2009. Royal Brunei deputy chairman Dermot Mannion says that Boeing has now confirmed that the first of these will arrive in October. "These will have 255 seats with 18 in business and 237 in economy," he says.
The 787's business class cabin will debut a new 76in (193cm) fully lie-flat product, which replaces the 30-seat/58in pitch offering on board the airline's 285-seat Boeing 777-200ERs.
"The 787's business class is going to be a more exclusive product than we have today. We'll be rolling this out in the next couple of months," Mannion says.
He adds that the 787s will gradually replace its four 777-200ERs, which are leased from Singapore Airlines.