Dutchjet From Netherlands, joined Oct 2000, 7864 posts, RR: 55
Reply 1, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 8202 times:
Interesting, even more interesting is the proposed in service date during 2006 - where will Royal Brunei find 777s or A340s on such short notice? 777s are nearly impossible to source at the moment......the A340s may be slightly easier to find, the first of AC's A343s may be available after the Summer 2006 schedule, but that is still very, very unclear.
Leskova From Germany, joined Oct 2003, 6075 posts, RR: 68
Reply 3, posted (10 years 1 month 2 weeks 3 days ago) and read 8125 times:
Quoting YOWza (Reply 2): It might have been the Sultan's own 340 that was painted in Brunei colours.
As for BI flying either A340s or B777s... I'll believe it when I see it - they've had this plan a couple of times before (just like they'd had the plan to introduce A319s several years earlier than when they actually did come into the fleet), so I'm not holding my breath here.
ETA Unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2210 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (10 years 1 month 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 6147 times:
There have been about half a dozen rumours a year about RBA's 767 replacement- as mentioned above, believe it when you see it. The airline has some very serious problems at the moment- financial and operations related. The company is being sued in the UK by a former pilot alledging illegal rostering which is rubber stamped by the Bruneian aviation authority- and- to top it all of- so many pilots have resigned in 2005 there is a serious crew shortage- the salary and working conditions, once one of the best in Asia for expats- are now one of the worst. Even if RBA did advertise in Flight International- once the candidates see the compensation package on offer they will all withdraw their applications.
Financially, RBA has never once made a profit and the Govt. has made it clear they are fed up with bailing them out. There is no customer service culture in head office- employees see themselves as working for an off-shoot Govt. department where the main focus of the airline is a diplomatic flag-waiving exercise. However, the company does employ some strange accounting practices, like writing off a 767 over 5 years instead of 12.
Routes that have been abandoned by RBA over the last decade (some of which never should have started, but RBA has problems getting traffic rights with a population of under 400,000 people):
ZRH CAI KWI BAH AUH CCU RGN LBU MYY KCH BPN TPE PEK KIX
RBA desperately wants to dump DRW, but under the terms of their Australian air services agreement, DRW must be served if they want to continue their BNE flights.