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User currently offlineAirbusA6 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 2006 posts, RR: 0
Posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2946 times:

Yesterday I flew Royal Brunei from Brunei to Kota Kinabalu, a 40 minute journey, barely 20 minutes in the air.The flight was 2 hours late, due to the late incoming flight from Singapore!

The plane used was a 763ER which seemed a bit odd on such a short route, and not that busy I wouldn't have thought (it's not like SIN to KUL for example). Certainly the shortest widebody flight I've been on.


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User currently offlineEta unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2068 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2815 times:

BWN-BKI is usually full outbound on Fridays, inbound on Sundays, although a 767 is too much capacity except during holiday periods. No doubt this was an aircraft substitution. BWN-BKI is one of my favorite flights (flown via 752 & 734)- 5 minute climb, 5 minute cruise, 10 minute slow decent... heaven!

User currently offlineB742 From United Kingdom, joined Mar 2005, 3766 posts, RR: 19
Reply 2, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 6 days 2 hours ago) and read 2803 times:

Quoting Eta unknown (Reply 1):
No doubt this was an aircraft substitution

Nope it wasn't, BI operate the 763 on the BWN-BKI route 1x weekly  Smile

How was the flight on board the 763?

Did it feature the new cabins, or the old ones?

Rob!  wave 


User currently offlineHB-IWC From Greece, joined Sep 2000, 4496 posts, RR: 72
Reply 3, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 20 hours ago) and read 2699 times:

Quoting B742 (Reply 2):
Did it feature the new cabins, or the old ones?

As far as I know, all BI B763ERs have been configured with the new Business Class by now.


User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 4, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 15 hours ago) and read 2605 times:

They might use the 763 as it has a slot in its timetable where it stands around at BWN and no 319/320 are around.

By the way, what happened to the 752, is it still around? I flew twice between BWN and BKI on their 752.



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User currently offlinePerthGloryFan From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 751 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 14 hours ago) and read 2551 times:

Quoting Swissgabe (Reply 4):
By the way, what happened to the 752, is it still around? I flew twice between BWN and BKI on their 752.

Do you mean this one?


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User currently offlineAirbusA6 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 2006 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2497 times:

The 752 is definitely not used any more, the photo above is quite touching really (the livery suits the plane really well).

Quoting B742 (Reply 2):
How was the flight on board the 763?

Did it feature the new cabins, or the old ones?

The flight was short and sweet (apart from the 2 hour delay!) Glass of juice before takeoff, sweet for landing, I think 3000m was a high as we got! The cabin looked new (I haven't seen the old one, so can't confirm), it only had a small business class cabin (I believe they have 763s in various cabin layouts)



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User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1527 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2490 times:

Didn't Royal Brunei have two 757s V8-RBA and V8-RBB. After V8-RBB was reposessed from Royal Tongan where did it go?


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User currently offlineSwissgabe From Switzerland, joined Jan 2000, 5266 posts, RR: 33
Reply 8, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2484 times:

Quoting PerthGloryFan (Reply 5):
Do you mean this one?

Yes, I flew twice on V8-RBA. Once back in 2000 from BWN to BKI and then again in Feb 2004 from BKI to BWN. When was its last flight?

What did happen to V8-RBB? I Hope it is in a better shape than V8-RBA!



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User currently offlineGEEZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 9, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2470 times:

Quoting Swissgabe (Reply 8):
What did happen to V8-RBB? I Hope it is in a better shape than V8-RBA!

V8-RBB is still flying, now for Azerbaijan Airlines, registered as 4K-AZ43.


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User currently offlineSimpilicity From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2465 times:

We tried to charter V8-RBB when Tongan had it. Cheap to charter, (must have got the deal from hell from Royal Brunei) but not enough seats & managment didn't have a clue.

Surely it wouldn't have ben scrapped as well???


User currently offlineSimpilicity From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 11, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2456 times:

most recent photo from search ....

Azerbaijan Airlines
Boeing 757-2M6
Istanbul - Ataturk (Yesilkoy) (IST / LTBA)
Turkey, October 26, 2005

Is it still flying with them now?

If so, how many seats/config?


User currently offlineRyan h From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 1527 posts, RR: 1
Reply 12, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2433 times:

May be getting off the original topic, but why did Royal Tongan want the 757?, where I thought maybe a 737 would be better for them.


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User currently offlineGEEZ From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2433 times:

Quoting Simpilicity (Reply 11):
Is it still flying with them now?

According to www.airfleets.net she is still flying for AHY.

Chris  wave 


User currently offlinePlanemanofnz From New Zealand, joined Sep 2005, 1666 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 2 hours ago) and read 2342 times:
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Quoting AirbusA6 (Reply 6):
The cabin looked new (I haven't seen the old one, so can't confirm), it only had a small business class cabin (I believe they have 763s in various cabin layouts)

Well was there PTV's in the seats?

Quoting HB-IWC (Reply 3):
As far as I know, all BI B763ERs have been configured with the new Business Class by now.

What about economy class? As far as I know only 4 have been re-configured with the new interior. Are BI planning on re-fitting all of it's long-haul fleet?


User currently offlineSimpilicity From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2268 times:

Quoting Ryan h (Reply 12):
May be getting off the original topic, but why did Royal Tongan want the 757?, where I thought maybe a 737 would be better for them.

I think the King of Tonga got offered a deal from hell by Sultan of brunei, apparently a friend.

Back in AUG'03 we were apparently offerred the Tongan 752 for AUD$5000/hour (~USD$3850) fully inclusive of everything, (according to an old email I dug up) except alcohol, that's FULL CHARTER the catering, with no minimum number of hours & maximum only restricted by number of hours left after few flights to Tonga from AKL & SYD.

Personal taxes/charges of course weren't included. With the 752's superior range to 737's except relatively new & expensive to charter/lease 737-700's & -800's, it was very cheap per seat, esp. if they would have put say 228 Y class seats, instead of something like 176 spilt over 2 classes.


User currently offlineSimpilicity From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2265 times:

Quoting Simpilicity (Reply 15):
Quoting Ryan h (Reply 12):
May be getting off the original topic, but why did Royal Tongan want the 757?, where I thought maybe a 737 would be better for them.

forgot to metnion, apparently Tonga has a lot of seafood to export & good prices or USD$ can be got in HNL. Tongan was planing to fly TBU/HNL with a lot of seafood. Don't think a 737 could fly TBU/HNL with pax & a lot of seafood, whereas imagine with a 752 & longer legs could carry a lot more freight & pax!!!


User currently offlinePlanemanofnz From New Zealand, joined Sep 2005, 1666 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 2221 times:
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Would NZ re-start Tonga-Honolulu or Apia-Honolulu now that PH is no longer operating the routes.

User currently offlineETA Unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2068 posts, RR: 0
Reply 18, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 2097 times:

Only 4 of 6 763's have been refitted (V8-RBF/G/H/J) and these are rostered on LHR & FRA flights. V8-RBL operates in the same configuration with the old leather first class seats sold as biz class. V8-RBK maninly does the SHJ-JED route and some PER or BNE-AKL routes and has a higher capacity.

All 3 757's are gone. Unfortunately, when the first ship departed (V8-RBC) the ER spares were also sold to Kazakhstan and V8-RBA/B lost their ER ability. Hence the problem with the Tongan lease (aside from Tonga not paying the bills)- nobody checked the aircraft was unable to operate TBU-HNL. However, the NZ pilots loved the lease as they got to be based in AKL for a time. And yes- RBA management doesn't have a clue... about anything (second worse mismanaged airline in Asia after Thai).


User currently offlineAirbusA6 From United Kingdom, joined Apr 2005, 2006 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 1 month 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 2017 times:

Quoting Planemanofnz (Reply 14):
Well was there PTV's in the seats?

Yes

Incidentally, there was a problem with the seat allocations, so we got to sit where we liked.



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