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Royal Brunei Airlines launches Royal Brunei Link (in partnership with Malindo)

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Royal Brunei launched Royal Brunei Link, a regional airline servicing Borneo island, in partnership with Malindo Air of Malaysia. The new regional service was unveiled yesterday during the official re-launch of BSB-Brisbane route.

 

> Two all white 72-seats ATR 72 will be servicing Balikpapan, Kuching, Bintulu, Sibu, Tawau, Sandakan, Kota Kinabalu.

> Cabin crew and Cockpit crew to be provided by Malindo Air. In initial phase, Royal Brunei crew will also be on board to ensure service delivery is par with BI's standard.

 

> Sandwich will be provided for flight more than an hour. BI in-flight magazine made available too.

> 15kg baggage allowance. For those transiting from international flight at Brunei International Airport, 30kg and 40kg via respective class of booking.

 

https://www.flyroyalbrunei.com/malaysia/en/royal-brunei-airlines-introduced-rb-link-flights-in-partnership-with-malindo-air/

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BSB? Brasilia in Brazil?


Will this means there will be first international flight between SBW and BWN? I hope this route can sustain as BWN can be a good alternative to KUL and SIN for those travelling abroad from Sarawak. I noticed few months ago, BI had good price for flight from LHR to KUL at less than £400 return.

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Wonder if this will have any impact upon existing BWN-BKI vv flights ? :)

 

maybe no more A320? and rumours AK BKI-BWNvv might end soon also

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maybe no more A320? and rumours AK BKI-BWNvv might end soon also

Not rumours but confirmed. Last service for AK will be this Sunday. Not surprised though, early morning flights are hard to compete with the timings offered by BI (majority of Bruneians treat KK as a quick getaways, head to the airport after school/ work ends on a friday and back by sunday evening).

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Not rumours but confirmed. Last service for AK will be this Sunday. Not surprised though, early morning flights are hard to compete with the timings offered by BI (majority of Bruneians treat KK as a quick getaways, head to the airport after school/ work ends on a friday and back by sunday evening).

 

thanks for the confirmation. beside Bruneians, local Sabahan fly it quite often and transit to Dubai, London, and Melbourne.

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This should be AK second time closing BKI-BWN route.

 

maybe no more A320? and rumours AK BKI-BWNvv might end soon also

I somehow think BI A320 flight will continue, Bruneians tend to buy a lot of stuff from KK. 15kg is just insufficient for them.

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Sarawakians from Miri, Sibu, Kuching and Bintulu are going to love this. Many of them working in the O&G and hospitality sector in Brunei.

Edited by Pall

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Reminds me of Royal Brunei Merpati Intan ... that collapsed after the fatal crash near MYY...

Their JV with Hornbill Skyways right?

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This is the schedules for RB Link

Bandar Seri Begawan – Kota Kinabalu eff 29JUL19 15 weekly
BI6821 BWN1035 – 1120BKI AT7 x36
BI6823 BWN1535 – 1620BKI AT7 D
BI6827 BWN2230 – 2315BKI AT7 236

BI6828 BKI0830 – 0915BWN AT7 347
BI6822 BKI1150 – 1235BWN AT7 x36
BI6824 BKI1650 – 1735BWN AT7 D

Bandar Seri Begawan – Kuching eff 01AUG19 6 weekly
BI6853 BWN1005 – 1155KCH AT7 36
BI6855 BWN1945 – 2135KCH AT7 57
BI6857 BWN2230 – 0020+1KCH AT7 14

BI6852 KCH0720 – 0910BWN AT7 25
BI6854 KCH1225 – 1415BWN AT7 36
BI6856 KCH2205 – 2355BWN AT7 57

 

https://www.routesonline.com/news/38/airlineroute/285594/royal-brunei-begins-rb-link-operation-from-late-july-2019/

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I somehow think BI A320 flight will continue, .....

Only four of the 17 weekly BKI flights, if one can believe what there is on FR24 :)

KCH gone all ATR !

 

Seem BI has gotten in a Wamos Air A332 to do the DXB route, in place of their B787s

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Did a quick check on KCH-BWN, 2x weekly on A320 & 4x weekly on ATR

Looks like the A320 making a comeback in October

FR24 (like I said, if it can be believed) shows what there is for next 7 days :)

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Their IG and FB are bombed with pax complaining ATR 72 over A320. Bruneians are heavy shoppers, 15kg is just not enough to bring back "Malaysia" to Brunei.

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Their IG and FB are bombed with pax complaining ATR 72 over A320. Bruneians are heavy shoppers, 15kg is just not enough to bring back "Malaysia" to Brunei.

Same complaints when BI operated F50s many years ago.

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Turboprops somehow are still regarded as inferior to jets. But yes, if pax are only allowed 15 kg checked luggage, it is going to be an issue. Even LCCs like Airasia have upgraded their lowest weight to 20 kg when they used to start at 15 kg.

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Some updates:

  1. Kota Kinabalu- commenced 29 July 2019
  2. Kuching- commenced 1 August 2019
  3. Balikpapan (late September 2019)
  4. Bintulu (mid October 2019)
  5. Sandakan (mid October 2019)
  6. Tawau (late October 2019)
  7. Sibu (mid November 2019)

Source: https://www.flyroyalbrunei.com/malaysia/en/experience/rb-link/

 

SBW from 14/11/2019 and BTU from 5/11/2019

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