Royal Brunei Airlines has taken delivery of its first ever Boeing 787 Dreamliner.
The new fuel-efficient aircraft touched down at Brunei’s Bandar Seri Begawan International Airport in Brunei this week, following 12,000km delivery flight from Boeing’s factory in Seattle.
It will now be put into service on the national carrier’s flights to Singapore for a limited period of time, before moving to long-haul services.
“This exciting addition keeps passenger comfort and high quality service at the heart of our airline and is yet another effort to ensure our fleet remains modern and offers peaceful and tranquil travel,” said Royal Brunei’s chairman, Dermot Mannion.
“As a small airline we offer truly personal service, delighting our passengers with an authentic Bruneian grace to enrich their journeys.”
Royal Brunei’s Dreamliner comes fitted with 254 seats in two classes – 18 in business class and 236 in economy. The aircraft also includes the standard Dreamliner cabin features, such as electronically-dimmable windows, larger overhead luggage bins and lower cabin pressure.
This is the first of five B787s ordered by Royal Brunei, which will gradually replace its existing long-haul fleet of B777-200s, which have been leased from Singapore Airlines.
The aircraft is scheduled to commence operations on the Brunei-Singapore route on 18 October 2013, with long-haul flights to London, via Dubai, starting on 1 December. Then in the second quarter of 2014, it plans to launch the Dreamliner on its Melbourne route.
Royal Brunei becomes the first Southeast Asian airline to operate the Dreamliner.