Royal Brunei Airlines launched a daily direct London Heathrow Airport to Brunei International Airport route at the weekend.
The first Brunei-London Heathrow flight landed on Sunday (28 October) morning at 06:50h, and it marked the first time in history the two countries have been link directly by air.
The route is operated using a Boeing 787 Dreamliner. Previously passengers had to stop in Dubai before the flight flew on to London Heathrow. Dubai will now be flow separately.
Royal Brunei Airlines’ new service is also a one-stop journey to Melbourne, and the flight time for the non-stop London-Brunei route is just over 13 hours with the London-Brunei-Melbourne journey just over 22 hours on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, or 24.3 hours on alternative days.
The carrier’s chief executive, Karam Chand said tourism to Brunei is at a record high, and the start of our non-stop flights will help increase this even further as well as position Royal Brunei Airlines as the go-to carrier for Southeast Asian travel.
The airline has also announced it is returning to Kuching, Sarawak, in Malaysia from 28 December 2018 utilising an Airbus A320neo with a twice-weekly service before it is upped to four times a week from 3 February.
Royal Brunei Airlines first flew to Kuching on 15 May 1975 with its last flight on 28 July 2011 when the route was suspended. A collaboration arrangement has been agreed between the various stakeholders to grow tourism between Brunei Darussalam and Sarawak.
Kuching was one of the first routes Royal Brunei first flew in 1975 alongside Singapore, Kota Kinabalu and Hong Kong.