PerthGloryFan From Australia, joined Oct 2000, 751 posts, RR: 0 Reply 6, posted (10 years 12 months 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 1063 times:
It's not the NZ to Brunei traffic they're after, it's NZ to Europe.
BI is the backpackers' airline to Europe from Oceania - out of PER they consistently offer the cheapest return fares to LHR.
Ok, it's 2 stops, first Bandar SB (newish, but the least exciting airport in Asia)then Dubai or Abu Dahbi, then LHR; with no PTVs, no alcohol, no FFs, but 2-3-2 Y in a B763 is not the worst way to travel, and of course the fare is very attractive.
Besides the Sultan probably needs the challenge, and probably the money.
ETA Unknown From Comoros, joined Jun 2001, 2010 posts, RR: 0 Reply 8, posted (10 years 12 months 2 days 19 hours ago) and read 1011 times:
RBA will not be flying to AKL- as stated above, it's a military charter. RBA has authority to operate to AKL, but only as a nonstop service from BWN, and therefore the plans were dropped. However, if Australia-NZ traffic rights can be obtained, then that's a different matter.
In-flight service on RBA is lacking in some areas, but the service is efficient and the operation runs fairly well. For the airfare, if given the choice of Garuda or RBA from Australia to Europe, RBA wins... no question. They also get a lot of repeat business from people who don't see a need for frequent flyer points (although RBA has its own program) and want reliable transportation at a good price. Cabin interior is quite tasteful (sorry- no pics in the data base) with light burgundy seats and dark burgundy carpet.