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Royal Brunei to Expand


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#1 zeqa

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 06:37 PM

http://www.etravelbl...d=99950&nav=130

Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) is reportedly set to expand, with prospective plans to revive flights to and from Sydney and add Melbourne to its network.

According to MICEBTN, the expansion will also involve a fleet update and comes as new chief executive Robert Yang takes the reins.

The carrier’s ageing B767 fleet will be replaced with new B777s by mid-2010 and 787 Dreamliners by late 2013 and 737-800s from 2011.

Next year, possible new routes will include flights to Ujung Padang (Indonesia) and Penang (Malaysia) and a return of services to Sydney and Shanghai.

Routes to Melbourne, Bahrain, Los Angeles, Frankfurt, Narita, Chennai, and Beijing are anticipated to be added from 2011.

The carrier is also expected to add non-stop flights to London in the second half of 2012 and to Los Angeles in 2013 with the delivery of new aircraft.


I would love to see 737-800 in RBA colours. I think it's a good move if RBA get this. I love the lines of the 737-800 with winglets.

#2 Tamizi Hj Tamby

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 08:37 PM

Wow,RBA to accuire B737-800s? :clapping: Glad to hear the news.Perhaps it's time for them to replace the 763s with the 777.

#3 Kenneth Chong WT

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 10:59 PM

NO! WAIT! I HAVE NOT BEEN ON THE 767!

Interesting to see that RBA has decided to go ALL BOEING...I'm sure the 737-800 would look smashing with the yellow lines of RBA....

#4 Tamizi Hj Tamby

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Posted 05 December 2009 - 11:54 PM

NO! WAIT! I HAVE NOT BEEN ON THE 767!

Interesting to see that RBA has decided to go ALL BOEING...I'm sure the 737-800 would look smashing with the yellow lines of RBA....


Not really Cikgu Kenneth..They do operate Airbus A319-112 and A320-232 (including the A340-212 for Royal Flight) too.
For the B737-800,it's a comeback for RBA,since they already retired their B732 long time ago.

Here's the photo of the B732 painted in RBA livery (current livery):
Photo of V8-UEC in current RBA livery

Edited by Tamizi Hj Tamby, 06 December 2009 - 12:11 AM.


#5 zeqa

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 12:37 AM

Just hope it happens- But I don't think anytime soon. What I heard - RBA spends 33Million on each aircraft overhauling the 767 in 2008. Not sure though.

I didn't know the 737 was ever painted in the current livery. I wonder if RBA ever wanted to go retro. :D Paint the old scheme.
http://www.airliners...ab1a9ee0cbdae23

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#6 Pieter C.

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 01:43 AM

Didn't they have 777's previously ? I recall they had or were gonna have...

If not delivered: what was the reason ?

#7 Mushrif A

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 01:54 AM

This sounds like a fairy tale, which lacks real substance. The article suggests BI will fly practically all over the world, without really quoting the source of the info. Why would it fly to LAX, when it couldnt even maintain FRA? BJS? It couldnt even sustain PVG or TPE. I think the article is somebody's wet dreams.

#8 zeqa

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Posted 06 December 2009 - 02:04 AM

Yes- They are going to get the 777- Even the 777 was painted in RBA colors. but the deal didn't happen.I'm not sure why though.

Musaraf,

I get that article link from airliners.net. I also doubt about RBA is going to fly to LA.

BTW I read from RBA Facebook page - The staff did mention about RBA is going to get the 777 in 2011.

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 12:39 AM

RBA's new CEO, from what I heard is Malaysian (Ipoh Mali ooo) :) with background of freighter business. Therefore, PEN is a must destination that they would like to add.

For the past 5 years, they have changed at least 4 CEOs (Kwai-Lo, Bruneian itself and this time is Malaysian). Peter Foster, RBA ex-CEo (in 2004 if i am not mistaken) had revealed RBA plan that time to operate all-Airbus aircraft. They even advertised in their website on the recruitment of Airbus 330/340 pilot. However, from what I understand, CEO has quite a hard time to execute what they have planned. Maybe our Bruneian friends in this can shed some lights..

p/s: my 1st post since joining. :)

Sham

#10 Wira Azmi

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 02:26 AM

Yes- They are going to get the 777- Even the 777 was painted in RBA colors. but the deal didn't happen.I'm not sure why though.

...it was a con job literally ,long story cut short ...they were conned by one of their own people ...former management pilot

Edited by Wira Azmi, 07 December 2009 - 02:27 AM.


#11 Kenneth T

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 06:49 AM

...it was a con job literally ,long story cut short ...they were conned by one of their own people ...former management pilot


More B738s in KKIA in the future.... :rolleyes:

#12 KK Lee

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 10:36 AM

On one hand, with the Sultan’s wealth, BI can be become a formidable competitor to SQ and MH. On the other hand, there is less risk for HM to invest in SQ. Unless HM decided to emulate EK or EY, BI expansion is limited.

:drinks:

#13 zeqa

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Posted 07 December 2009 - 05:48 PM

...it was a con job literally ,long story cut short ...they were conned by one of their own people ...former management pilot



Con job? oO?

RBA's new CEO, from what I heard is Malaysian (Ipoh Mali ooo) with background of freighter business. Therefore, PEN is a must destination that they would like to add.

For the past 5 years, they have changed at least 4 CEOs (Kwai-Lo, Bruneian itself and this time is Malaysian). Peter Foster, RBA ex-CEo (in 2004 if i am not mistaken) had revealed RBA plan that time to operate all-Airbus aircraft. They even advertised in their website on the recruitment of Airbus 330/340 pilot. However, from what I understand, CEO has quite a hard time to execute what they have planned. Maybe our Bruneian friends in this can shed some lights..

p/s: my 1st post since joining.

Sham


Is it Robert Yang?

#14 nastar

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Posted 09 December 2009 - 10:46 AM

Con job? oO?



Is it Robert Yang?


yup

#15 C.Foo

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Posted 11 December 2009 - 08:01 AM

Didn't BI use to be the emirates of the world in the 80's without expansion because I can't remember who but someone posted that onf this forum before.

#16 Mushrif A

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Posted 12 December 2009 - 12:45 PM

Didn't BI use to be the emirates of the world in the 80's without expansion because I can't remember who but someone posted that onf this forum before.


Somewhat, yes. Before EK came into the scene, BI already had gold plated, leather F seats and gold plated toilet fixtures in the mid to late 80s, starting with a three-class 757s - at that time, the most luxurious commercial 757 in service. Later, from KUL (SZB today), it had direct flights to BAH, CAI and ZRH, and it was not unusual then to have 2 763s on the ground in KUL (SZB) at the same time.

#17 Tamizi Hj Tamby

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Posted 12 December 2009 - 12:52 PM

And they used to flew to old BTU airport too,using F100 jets.Previously,before the F100 jets enters service,they also operated 2 F50s and flew to MYY and LBU.

#18 Alif A. F.

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 09:28 PM

The 777, will BI acquire brand new or otherwise?

#19 Li Ren

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 09:38 PM

D7 too will be flying to Sydney,Seoul and Hydraba most probably in next year :yahoo:

#20 Tamizi Hj Tamby

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Posted 16 December 2009 - 11:22 PM

With the acquisition of the Dreamliners,BI will become the third ASEAN carrier to operate B787 after SQ and VN.




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