Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) has signed a special prorate agreement deal with British Airways (BA) – which extends its network from 11 to 23 airports in the region.
Under the agreement, European hotspots such as Brussels, Rome and Nice will be connected to RB’s Asia network via London Heathrow.
The short-haul routes will be fulfilled by BA, which first partnered with RB in 2014, to offer domestic connections to popular UK cities such as Manchester, Glasgow and Leeds Bradford.
RB guest benefits include baggage being checked through to the end destination and all boarding passes issued at a single check-in point, eliminating hassle between transfers. Business class guests can enjoy access to both RB and BA business lounges.
The deal follows the launch of the first nonstop Heathrow-Brunei flight last year, giving customers across Europe fast-track access to Brunei and beyond.
Royal Brunei Airlines chief executive officer, Karam Chand said: “Europe, and particularly the UK, is a vital market for us. British Airways is a renowned airline and we’re delighted to partner with them to add 12 new destinations to our network, bringing more guests from across the region to Royal Brunei Airlines.
“With the youngest fleet of any airline worldwide, RB’s guests can travel in comfort on B787 Dreamliner and A320neo aircraft to a broad range of destinations, such as Kota Kinabalu and Kuching in Borneo; Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam; or the undiscovered treasures of Brunei.
“We’ve also recently added Brisbane to our network, with flights starting in June, just in time for the UK summer holidays. As more travellers look to expand their horizons with visits to Asia and Australia, we’re looking forward to introducing our TripAdvisor award-winning guest service, generous entertainment options and competitive fares to new customers in Europe.”
RB operates a fleet of 14 aircraft comprising five Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner aircraft together with seven Airbus A320NEO aircraft and two Airbus A320CEO aircraft.
RB will operate its Brisbane flight with its Airbus A320neo fleet from June 2019 with the following schedule:
|Flight No.||Sector||Departure||Arrival||Days of operations|
|BI004||London to Brunei||18:00||15:35||Mon/Wed/Sat/Sun|
|BI004||London to Brunei||20:10||17:45||Tues/Thurs/Fri|
|BI003||Brunei to London||00:15||06:50||Daily|
|Flight No.||Sector||Departure||Arrival||Days of Operations|
|BI009||Brunei to Brisbane||19:50||04:45 (+1)||Tues/Wed/Fri/Sun|
|B1010||Brisbane to Brunei||17:30||22:50||Mon/Wed/Thurs/Sat|