| Azlan Othman |
ROYAL Brunei Airlines (RB) will recommence its flight to Brisbane with the launch of four services per week from June 11 this year.
The airlines’ CEO Karam Chand expressed delight adding that Brisbane is a very popular destination for Bruneians and guests from RB’s expanding route network.
“We have very good connections from the United Kingdom (UK), the United Arab Emirates, East Asia and Southeast Asia to/from Brisbane,” Chand said.
“Our guests will experience the very best of Bruneian hospitality flying on our fleet of B787 Dreamliners and A320neo’s, one of the youngest fleets in the world with an average fleet age of two years,” he added.
“We offer great value to our Australian guests and exciting destinations such as Brunei, Kota Kinabalu, Kuching, and Ho Chi Minh City, to name a few which could be packaged as single or dual destination holidays,” the CEO said.
“Bruneians and the expat community will not only enjoy the many attractions and activities on offer in Brisbane and its surroundings such as Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast which are just over an hour away from the CBD,” he added.
“Brisbane is also a gateway to many popular tourism spots in Queensland such as Cairns, Port Douglas, Fraser Island and the Whitsundays,” Chand said.
Meanwhile, Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said securing flights to Brisbane with RB was a win for Queensland.
“Royal Brunei Airlines will fly four times-a-week to Brisbane, which is set to attract up to 30,000 visitors to Queensland and support more than 720 jobs,” the Premier said.
“Improving access to Queensland and securing direct flights from key visitor markets like the UK is vital when it comes to growing our share of the global tourism market. This new service will allow us to welcome more tourists from the UK – Queensland’s third largest international market – connecting Bandar Seri Begawan which is a hub for international travellers,” Palaszczuk added.
Acting Tourism Industry Development Minister Di Farmer said the new route was secured through the Palaszczuk government’s Attracting Aviation Investment Fund (AAIF).
“Since 2015, the Palaszczuk government has secured about 2.4 million extra airline seats worth more than AUD1.8 billion for Queensland. We’ll continue to invest in new flights to grow Queensland’s tourism sector,” Farmer added.
Brisbane Airport Corporate (BAC) CEO Gert-Jan de Graaff said the commencement of RB is another step in the growth of Brisbane’s ASEAN network.
“It is great to welcome RB as Brisbane Airport’s 34th international airline and Bandar Seri Begawan as our 33rd international destination. RB has been a long friend of Brisbane and it is great we will now have further access into the UK and ASEAN,” he said.
“Importantly, these new direct links will also expand tourism, business and trade opportunities between Queensland and Brunei. It is also great that new longer range narrow-body aircraft such as the A320neo are now able to make direct flights into Brisbane more viable than ever, an opportunity we are working to expand on going into the future,” de Graaff added.
Brisbane was the second city in Australia that RB flew to in 1994 via Darwin, whilst its inaugural direct flight was operated in 1997. The services were suspended in 2011.
RB will operate its Brisbane flight with the following schedule: