Royal Brunei Airlines’ fleet
overhaul and expansion programme has taken another step forward with the
arrival of its first leased Airbus A320.
The carrier says in a statement that
the International Aero Engines V2500-powered twinjet was received at Brunei
International Airport yesterday. It is one of two A320s leased for seven years
from CIT Aerospace.
Royal Brunei says the second leased
A320 is due to arrive in January. Both will be configured to seat 144
passengers in two classes, and they will fly on regional routes.
The fleet modernisation and
expansion is part of a long-term business plan that was approved early this
year by the state-owned carrier’s board and which will see its fleet increasing
to 18 aircraft by 2013.
It has to date covered the induction
of two V2500-powered Airbus A319s, also on lease from CIT Aerospace. Those
aircraft were delivered in August and September.
Royal Brunei is using the Airbus
narrowbodies in part to replace two Boeing 757s. It also plans to acquire new widebodies
in the years ahead to replace its eight Boeing 767-300ERs.