Fauzi From Brunei, joined Jul 2005, 217 posts, RR: 0 Posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 10262 times:
Hey guys. A few minutes ago Royal Brunei Airline's 1st B777-200ER touched down at BWN. The first aircraft bearing the new registration V8-BLA was formerly registered 9V-SVF of Singapore Airlines. There was an official ceremony at the airport.
My parents will be flying to Shanghai next week and BI staff told them they will be flying on board the B772ER. BI staff also said they might be deployed to SIN, so if I'm lucky I'll be on board it sooner than I thought!
MillwallSean From Singapore, joined Apr 2008, 1172 posts, RR: 6 Reply 3, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 17 hours ago) and read 9850 times:
And the usage of a leased old SQ bird makes a lot more financial sense for a lossmaking airline than any new order would do.
Lets hope the new manager has realised that he is in BWN and has a more realistic ambition compared to the one he started with. (remember the flights to US, more European destinations, opening SYD again etc)
Fauzi From Brunei, joined Jul 2005, 217 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 1 day 8 hours ago) and read 8563 times:
Quoting seabosdca (Reply 5): A good end to one of the most tortured fleet renewal sagas in commercial aviation history
It has indeed been one heck of a saga!
Here is the official statement from the airline's website
Quote: Arrival of RBA's first Boeing 777-200ER aircraft
01 JUNE 2010
Royal Brunei Airlines took delivery of its first Boeing 777-200ER, which landed today at Brunei International Airport at 11am.
The airline Chief Executive Officer, Robert Yang along with members of RBA's Senior Management and staff gathered at Hangar 3 to meet the aircraft upon arrival.
Imam Hj Muslim Hj Abd Razak was invited to give a traditional blessing.
This will be the first of six Boeing 777-200ER aircraft that Royal Brunei Airlines will lease from Singapore Airlines. The remaining aircraft are scheduled to be delivered between June and September 2010.
RBA's Boeing 777-200ERs have 30 Business Class seats that are ergonomically designed to offer a unique relaxing space. The Business Class seat deploys into an inclined full length flat-bed which, along with a plush duvet and larger pillow, are designed to offer passengers peaceful sleep throughout their journey.
In the Economy Class cabin there are 255 seats with a 33 inch seat pitch. Economy Class passengers may also recline their seats at the touch of a button.
All seats will be equipped with personal screens featuring the SkyShow system that offers passengers a number of entertainment options throughout their flight including hit movies, classic Hollywood films and TV programmes for all ages and audio-on-demand. A selection of video games is also available.
RBA will be utilising the 777s to replace its current Boeing 767-300ER aircraft and will operate long haul flights from Bandar Seri Begawan to the United Kingdom, Middle East, Australia and New Zealand.
The article mentions that when fully reclined, there will be a plush duvet and a larger pillow. Is it saying that the cabin crew will provide an extra proper duvet when requested? That is a nice change I think. Although I don't remember the old SQ Raffles Class having an extra duvet when in flat mode.
Article mentions that bookings are definitely full for the next month or so on the B772ER, and predicting a big increase in number of bookings this year. According to the article the next plane will arrive on the 9th June. I'll be at the airport that day so I hope to catch it before I fly off!
Quoting 777way (Reply 7): BI 767 J class already have the same seats though slightly narrower.
I guess the slightly wider seats on 777 gives the opportunity to use duvets.
The first scheduled flight will be on the 20th June to DXB, LHR and BNE. From now until then, BI staff said they're sending the plane to one of the B767 flights, and I think PVG is one of them. Happy spotting guys!
Fleet of what was once 15. These routes look like they only need 8 planes.
Your post only tells half the story. There are a ton of Asian routes that they also fly on from time to time. They can be regularly noted on the Vietnam, ICN (sometimes), China, HKG, TPE and MNL routes, to name a few. They're not just the SVx ones either though, the SQx and SRx ones are also used.
kaitak744 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2253 posts, RR: 3 Reply 12, posted (3 years 6 months 1 week 4 hours ago) and read 5503 times:
Quoting RobK (Reply 11): Your post only tells half the story. There are a ton of Asian routes that they also fly on from time to time. They can be regularly noted on the Vietnam, ICN (sometimes), China, HKG, TPE and MNL routes, to name a few. They're not just the SVx ones either though, the SQx and SRx ones are also used.
The routes I mentioned are typically operated by the SV series. The SQ and SR series do all the other intra Asian 777 routes you speak of.