Royal Brunei Airlines’ Melbourne services have proven so successful that the carrier has doubled the space in its city offices, with deputy chairman Dermot Mannion highlighting the airline’s “very strong commitment to the Australian market” during the recent CAPA Centre for Aviation conference in Sydney.
Mannion, who’s pictured with country manager Brett McDougall, told travelBulletin that although its local ports have changed over the years, BI is celebrating more than three decades of continuous operation to Australia.
The airline can offer 787-8 flights all the way from Melbourne to London, with the service stopping in Brunei and Dubai along the way – an option which is “attractive to a particular constituency,” Mannion said.
Also popular is a “two centre” holiday product combining a stay in Brunei with a couple of nights in Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia’s fastest growing tourism destination. Royal Brunei committed The airline executive wouldn’t be drawn on future expansion, with Mannion saying “right now we’re concentrating on putting the best product possible into the market”. The carrier will take delivery of the first of ten A320neo single aisle aircraft in 2017, which will provide further flexibility for its south east Asian network, he added.