Flying conveniently around the region

Rizal Faisal

Royal Brunei Airlines’ (RB) Link flights were made effective in July 2019 with Kota Kinabalu as the first destination. Now, RB has extended its Link destinations to Kuching.

There are also many more to come, with up and coming destinations including Balikpapan, Sandakan, Bintulu, Tawau and Sibu.

It opens up a whole new world of convenience to a good portion of travellers both from Brunei and other countries passing through the Sultanate.

With RB Link, the national carrier would also be able to reap the benefits of the high turnover of frequent regional travellers.

A recent three-day trip to Kuching for members of the media organised in joint collaboration between the Sarawak Tourism Board and RB provided exposure to this new RB venture.

RB Link destinations use the ATR 72-600 aircraft operated by Malindo Air with drinks on all flights and snacks included for flights over an hour.

The aircraft boasts 72 all economy class seats, with four preferred seats with 43-inch seat pitch and six preferred seats with 33-inch seat pitch.

The baggage allowance for each guest is 15 kilogrammes, while connecting guests’ baggage allowance will be determined by the fare they purchase.

Passengers boarding the aircraft. PHOTO: RIZAL FAISAL

Flying above 18,000 feet just beyond the clouds, the RB Link flight using the ATR 72-600 gave a whole new flying experience.

With the ATR 72-600, which is smaller in size, cabin noise is quieter and the ride is smooth.

RB has pledged to extend to the ATR 72-600 aircraft the same level of onboard services as other aircraft, in which RB has been certified a Skytrax 4-Star rating from the international air transport rating organisation following a detailed audit of the airline’s quality of product and services standards.

RB introduced its Link destinations as a gateway to Borneo and beyond, opening up to 21 million potential customers.

The airline said the destinations targetted are under-served and sees it as an opportunity to offer a convenient travel experience with hassle free transit at the Brunei International Airport.

RB is confident that air travel will experience a boom in the region as linking Borneo to its existing enhanced route network has been a significant development for air connectivity within the Brunei – Indonesia – Malaysia – the Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area (BIMP-EAGA) region, and one that will stimulate travel and trade.

In addition, more potential routes are being evaluated with the top 10 cities in Borneo all having a population greater than 300,000, which is a huge potential market for RB and the Brunei tourism and trade.

The airline is looking forward to not only regional travelling customers, but is also expecting more transit travellers to take full advantage of RB’s services to 24 global destinations from Brunei.

RB has advised travellers who have a longer transit in Brunei to try their Royal Brunei Holidays transit tours for a few hours’ glimpse into Brunei history, culture and heritage, or drop by the Sky Lounge at the Brunei International Airport, also made available for walk-in guests offering facilities such as buffet dining, movie room, kids room, gaming area, shower facilities and a prayer room.