Royal Brunei Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A320neo

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed May 30, 2018 16:10

Royal Brunei Airlines takes delivery of its first Airbus A320neo

Royal Brunei Airlines has taken delivery of the first of its Airbus A320neo aircraft in Toulouse, France. The aircraft is the first of seven firm aircraft and three option aircraft ordered by the national airline of Brunei Darussalam as part of its fleet renewal program announced in 2014.

Karam Chand, CEO of Royal Brunei Airlines said: “Airbus A320neo aircraft come equipped with Leap-1A26 CFM engines featuring some of the best fuel, noise, emission and operating efficiency in its class and will allow Royal Brunei Airlines to achieve significant cost savings and reduce its emissions footprint. We are based in Brunei on the island of Borneo which has one of the most pristine environments on earth and we are pleased to be playing a part in preserving this.

“Royal Brunei’s Airbus A320neo is also the world’s first narrowbody aircraft fitted with Thales Avant (Gen5) in-flight entertainment system which will provide our guests a significantly enhanced experience on board and match those generally available on long-haul aircraft. They will also have business, economy plus and economy seats with leather covering, USB power outlets and audio/video on demand at every seat. These features have been added keeping in mind the changing needs of our guests and to provide seamless and consistent service to our many transferring guests from the B787 Dreamliner long-haul services to the A320 flights.

“The new aircraft will also play an important role in maintaining and improving our operational reliability. Royal Brunei’s on-time performance is 90%, one of the best in the industry; however, we believe we need to keep improving this as the vast majority of guests travelling to/from/via Brunei use our services. The extended range of Airbus A320neos also provides Royal Brunei with a lower risk option to pioneer new medium-haul markets up to seven hours duration and we will be making new route announcements over the next several months,” added Chand.

Royal Brunei’s first A320neo aircraft will be in revenue service from 7 June 2018 with Singapore selected as the first destination from Brunei.

Eleanor Steed
By Eleanor Steed May 30, 2018 16:10