Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) has begun discussions with Airbus and Boeing over its plans to select a larger widebody type to replace its eight Boeing 767-300ERs.

The carrier is meanwhile considering launching a dedicated cargo operation which would see its two Boeing 757-200s converted into freighters.

"We are looking at which aircraft is suitable to replace the existing aircraft in the long-term," says RBA assistant director strategic planning Haji Azahari Haji Mahmud. He says a decision on whether to go ahead with an order will "depend on the outcome of the evaluation". The 767 replacement is not urgent because the airline's oldest example is still only around eight years old.

Industry sources say Airbus is pitching the A330-200 at RBA, while Boeing's offer is based around the 767-400ER.

The sources add that RBA has expressed an interest in leasing the new aircraft.

Source: Flight International