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Royal Brunei Takes Delivery Of B772ER  
User currently offlineFauzi From Brunei, joined Jul 2005, 219 posts, RR: 0
Posted (4 years 2 months 22 hours ago) and read 10912 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.

http://i49.tinypic.com/9aajwy.jpg
Photo was taken off Royal Brunei's Facebook page


Photo was taken by emmagoodegg of http://twitpic.com/1sx3py


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! 

[Edited 2010-05-31 22:13:32]


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User currently offlineInitious From Singapore, joined Dec 2008, 1054 posts, RR: 15
Reply 1, posted (4 years 2 months 22 hours ago) and read 10919 times:

Great news for BI! I wonder how is SQ replacing the long haul European routes served by the 9V-SV* series?


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User currently offlineJamesNZ From New Zealand, joined Dec 2005, 9 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (4 years 2 months 21 hours ago) and read 10764 times:

This is great news! After all the years of plans falling through in the 11th hour, It's nice to see a BI 777 (or should I say, one that will actually take to the skies carrying BI passengers!)

I'd be very interested to see what the product is like inside


User currently offlineMillwallSean From Singapore, joined Apr 2008, 1240 posts, RR: 6
Reply 3, posted (4 years 2 months 20 hours ago) and read 10500 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)



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User currently offlinekaitak744 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2364 posts, RR: 3
Reply 4, posted (4 years 2 months 18 hours ago) and read 10224 times:

Quoting Initious (Reply 1):
Great news for BI! I wonder how is SQ replacing the long haul European routes served by the 9V-SV* series?

These are the routes currently operated by the SV series 777-200ERs:

777-200ER (SV series, 2 class long haul) 30J-255Y

AMS (SQ324/323) daily
ATH (SQ348/347) 2x weekly
CPH (SQ352/351) 3x weekly
FCO (SQ366/365) 2x weekly
JNB-CPT (SQ478/479) daily (CPT 3x weekly)
AKL (SQ281/282) 5x weekly
CHC (SQ297/298) 5x weekly

Fleet of what was once 15. These routes look like they only need 8 planes.


User currently offlineseabosdca From United States of America, joined Sep 2007, 5325 posts, RR: 4
Reply 5, posted (4 years 2 months 12 hours ago) and read 9560 times:

A good end to one of the most tortured fleet renewal sagas in commercial aviation history.

User currently offlineFauzi From Brunei, joined Jul 2005, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (4 years 2 months 10 hours ago) and read 9213 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.



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User currently offline777way From Pakistan, joined Dec 2005, 5716 posts, RR: 4
Reply 7, posted (4 years 2 months 8 hours ago) and read 8820 times:

BI 767 J class already have the same seats though slightly narrower.

User currently offlineflyTUITravel From United Kingdom, joined May 2007, 723 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (4 years 2 months 6 hours ago) and read 8635 times:

The plane looks great.. perfect in fact. I hope they don't change their colour scheme any time soon!

User currently offlineFauzi From Brunei, joined Jul 2005, 219 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (4 years 2 months 1 hour ago) and read 8068 times:

Here is another cover of the story in the local papers http://www.brudirect.com/index.php/2...es/meet-rbas-first-boeing-777.html

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! 



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User currently onlineThe777Man From United States of America, joined Jul 1999, 6502 posts, RR: 55
Reply 10, posted (4 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 6759 times:

Thanks for the info!

Nice to see another airline join the 777 family. The BI colors look great on the 777!

The777Man



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User currently offlineRobK From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2004, 3946 posts, RR: 18
Reply 11, posted (4 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 18 hours ago) and read 6697 times:

Quoting kaitak744 (Reply 4):
These are the routes currently operated by the SV series 777-200ERs:

777-200ER (SV series, 2 class long haul) 30J-255Y

AMS (SQ324/323) daily
ATH (SQ348/347) 2x weekly
CPH (SQ352/351) 3x weekly
FCO (SQ366/365) 2x weekly
JNB-CPT (SQ478/479) daily (CPT 3x weekly)
AKL (SQ281/282) 5x weekly
CHC (SQ297/298) 5x weekly

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.


User currently offlinekaitak744 From United States of America, joined Jul 2005, 2364 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (4 years 1 month 4 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6153 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.

http://www.airliners.net/aviation-fo...eneral_aviation/read.main/4827021/


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