DUBLIN, AWAS and Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) announced yesterday that the airline has agreed to lease two new A320 passenger aircraft powered by IAE V2527-A5 engines. The aircraft are expected to be delivered in October 2015 and will be a direct replacement for two RB A319 units which are due to come off lease.
Dermot Mannion, Deputy Chairman of RB commented on the agreement, “We thank the AWAS team for finalising this transaction in a very compressed timeframe. This announcement marks the beginning of our short haul fleet renewal process, ahead of the arrival of up to 10 A320neo aircraft at the end of 2017. Overall, we will soon operate one of the youngest short haul fleets in the world, to complement our state of the art Dreamliner B787 fleet on long haul”.
Ray Sisson, President and CEO AWAS said, “AWAS is very pleased to provide this fleet modernisation solution to RB and to re-establish our business relationship. Our technical and commercial teams excel at providing customised solutions to meet exacting specifications.”
According to a press release, AWAS and RB have a long history of working together, dating back over 20 years when RB first leased B767 aircraft.
RB, flag carrier of the Sultanate of Brunei, was founded in 1974 and is wholly-owned by the government of Brunei. Initially serving only Singapore, Hong Kong, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching, RB now successfully operates to 16 destinations covering Southeast Asia, the Middle East, Europe, and Australia.
RB has won a number of recent awards including: ‘Asia Corporate Turnaround of the Year 2014’ and ‘Global Rebrand 100 2014’.