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Name: ROYAL BRUNEI AIRLINES
7JetSet7 Code: RBA
Status: Operational
Region: ORIENT
City: BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN
Country: BRUNEI DARUSSALAM
Employees 1647
Web: flyroyalbrunei.com
Email: cisukarh@ra.com.bn
Telephone: +673 (2) 342 195
Fax: +673 (2) 342 194
Sita: BWNSQBI
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FORMED IN 1974. NATIONAL AIRLINE, GOVERNMENT OWNED. REGIONAL & INTERNATIONAL, SCHEDULED & CHARTER, PASSENGER & CARGO, JET AIRPLANE SERVICES.

ADDRESS:
RBA PLAZA JALAN SULTAN
PO BOX 737
BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN BS8671, BRUNEI

BRUNEI (NEGARA BRUNEI DARUSSALAM - - TRANSLATED AS "BRUNEI - THE ABODE OF PEACE") WAS ESTABLISHED IN 1984, COVERS AN AREA OF 5,765 SQ KM, ITS POPULATION IS 0.4 MILLION, ITS CAPITAL CITY IS BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, AND ITS OFFICIAL LANGUAGES ARE MALAY AND ENGLISH.

SEPTEMBER 1995: MAIN BASE/HUBS: BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN AIRPORT (BWN).

SERVICES TO ABU DHABI BAHRAIN, BALI, BALIKPAPAN, BANGKOK, BEIJING, BRISBANE, MIRI, CALCUTTA, DARWIN, DUBAI, FRANKFURT, HONG KONG, JAKARTA, KOTA KINABALU, JEDDAH, KUALA LUMPUR, KUCHING, LABUAN, LONDON, MANILA, OSAKA, PERTH, SINGAPORE, TAIPEI, & ZURICH.

OWNS 10% MALAYSIAN AIRLINES (MAS).

EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS): (757) 1,900 FLIGHTS OVER INDIAN OCEAN & INDONESIA; (767) 35 /MONTH OVER INDIAN OCEAN & INDONESIA.

OCTOBER 1995: 757-2M6 (23454) SOLD TO (KZA).

NOVEMBER 1995: PENGIRAN HAJI BAHRIN (CABINET MINISTER OF LAW, ATTORNEY GENERAL, & CHAIRMAN OF ISLAMIC BANK) CHAIRMAN, REPLACED PRINCE JAJI JEFRI BOLKIAH.

APRIL 1996: 1,700 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 225 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 420 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

8TH 767-300ER (GE) TO BE WET-LEASED TO VIETNAM AIRLINES (VIE). 2 767-300ER'S (CF6-80C2) (27427; 27428) (ORIGINALLY ORDERED BY AIR FRANCE (AFA), & STORED AT EVERETT).

SEPTEMBER 1996: 2 USED F 100'S TO REPLACE 2 F 50'S.

JANUARY 1997: BRIAN JOHNSON, DIRECTOR ENGINEERING, TO RETIRE, IN APRIL 1997. TO BE REPLACED BY AUTHUR AUSTIN.

1996= +13% (RPK) TRAFFIC, -2% (FTK) FREIGHT TRAFFIC, 1.046 MILLION PASSENGERS (PAX) (+14%).

APRIL 1997: 1 767-300ER (CF6-80C2B7F), EX-VIETNAM AIRLINES (VIE).

MAY 1997: TO HO CHI MINH, AND HONOLULU. APPLIED FOR PARIS.

JUNE 1997: 1,740 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 440 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 420 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

JULY 1997: 120 MINUTES EXTENDED TWIN-ENGINE OPERATIONS (ETOPS) OVER INDIAN OCEAN & INDONESIA: 757 FLIGHTS 1,900, & 35 767 FLIGHTS/MONTH.

AUGUST 1997: 1 767-300ER (CF6-80C2B6F), EX-MAURITIUS AIRLINES (MAU).

SEPTEMBER 1997: CONSIDERING ROLLOVER OF 757 FLEET, AND EVALUATING 737NG VS A320 FAMILY.

SEPTEMBER 1997: ACCDT: DORNIER 228-212 (8217) CRASHED INTO HILL ON BORNEO, EN ROUTE TO MIRI, SARAWAK = ALL 2/8 FATALITIES.

MARCH 1998: 2 767-328ER'S (27427; 27428) LEASED TO JAPAN PACIFIC AIRLINES. LETTER OF INTENT (LOI) FOR 2 A319'S (6/99) (V2524-A5), 124 PAX.

APRIL 1998: 1,740 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 440 FLIGHT CREW (FC) & 420 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

JUNE 1998: HAJI BRAHIM BIN HAJI ISMAIL, MANAGING DIRECTOR, EX-MINISTER OF DEFENCE.

SEPTEMBER 1998: 767-328ER (27428) LEASED TO VIETNAM AIRLINES (VIE).

OCTOBER 1998: DATO PADUKA HAJI MOHAMMAD AL-IMIN BIN HAJI ABDUL WAHAB, CHAIRMAN.

NEW UPPER MANAGEMENT DELAYS DELIVERIES OF 2 A319'S.

NOVEMBER 1998: 2,000 EMPLOYEES.

DECEMBER 1998: 767-328ER (27428, S7-RGT) RETURNED FROM VIETNAM AIRLINES (VIE).

MARCH 1999: PHASES OUT 2 F 100'S. CONFIRMS 2 ORDERS A319'S, TO REPLACE 2 F 100'S, FOR REGIONAL ROUTES.

APRIL 1999: 1,740 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 440 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 450 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 420 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

AUGUST 1999: GOVERNMENT EXPRESSES ITS RELUCTANCE TO CONTINUE TO PROVIDE FUNDS FOR CASH-STRAPPED ROYAL BRUNEI AIRLINES (RBA), WHO HAVE BEEN IN THE RED EVERY YEAR.

OSAKA AND BEIJING SERVICES HAVE BEEN SUSPENDED.

AIRBUS (EDS) DELIVERIES HAVE BEEN DEFERRED.

NOVEMBER 1999: CODE SHARE WITH MALAYSIA AIRLINES (MAS), BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - KUALA LUMPUR.

APRIL 2000: 1,740 EMPLOYEES (INCLUDING 440 FLIGHT CREW (FC), 450 CABIN ATTENDANTS (CA), & 420 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT)).

(http://www.bruneiair.com).

FEBRUARY 2001: IN APRIL 2001, TO RESUME SERVICE TO BEIJING & SHANGHAI.

APRIL 2001: ENGINEERING & MAINTENANCE = 440 MAINTENANCE TECHNICIANS (MT) EMPLOYEES. HAS 2 HANGARS, WITH 3 NARROW BODY BAYS. 8,000 SQ M FACILITIES. "B," "C," "D" CHECKS FOR 757-200'S; 767-200'S/-300'S; F 28'S; & F 50'S.

SEPTEMBER 2001: "VISIT BRUNEI 2001" MARKINGS APPLIED TO 767-300ER.

OCTOBER 2001: BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN - SHANGHAI (757-200, 2/WEEK).

JANUARY 2002: 2 ORDERS A319'S.

APRIL 2002: MAIN BASE: BRUNEI INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (BWN).

MAY 2002: PENGIRAN ALI AHMAD, CEO, TAKES EARLY RETIREMENT.

June 2002: 767-328ER (27427) returned from Vietnam Airlines (VIE).

July 2002: 2001 = -$19.5 Million (-$54 Million): 3.65 Billion (RPK) (+22.1%); 1.24 Million passengers PAX (+12.7%); 125.95 Million (FTK) (-5%); 1,300 employees.

September 2002: Peter William Foster, CEO.

1 757-200 wet-leased to Royal Tongan Airlines (FRS).

November 2002: 757-200ER wet-lease deal to Royal Tongan Airlines (FRS) collapses.

December 2002: 757-200ER (V8-RBB) wet-leased to Royal Tongan Airlines (FRS) for operations Tongatapu to Auckland (6/week) and Sydney (weekly). 2 orders (September 2003) A319, 8C, 114Y, (AFIS) leased.

2 A319's, CIT Aerospace (TCI) leased.

February 2003: For >20 years, she was known as the humble Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) flight attendant (CA), Mariam Bell, who became the wife of the richest man in the world. But now, the woman who wed the Sultan of Brunei seems destined to become known by a different sobriquet, that of the wealthiest divorcee, history has ever known.

March 2003: Plans service to Auckland, Sydney, Japan, and Korea.

April 2003: 1,794 employees (including 112 Flight Crew (FC), 500 Cabin Attendants (CA), & 474 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

May 2003: Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) will invest a total of $1.12 Billion over a 10 year period in an attempt to increase its performance after having nearly 2 thirds of the company's equity lost in 2001.

July 2003: In September 2003, code share with Singapore Airlines (SIA), Negara Brunei Darassalam to Singapore. Plans expansion with nonstop flights Bangkok to Frankfurt, and in 2004, Brunai - London (A340-500, nonstop). By 2005, to Auckland, Seoul, Sydney, Tokyo, and Saigon.

2002 = -$23.18 Million (net loss): 3.65 Billion (RPK) passenger traffic (-1.6%); +5.1% (ASK) capacity; 67.2% LF load factor; 1.24 Million passengers (PAX) (+.3%); 129.92 Million (FTK) freight traffic (-17.7%).

2002 TOP WORLD AIRLINES PASSENGER TRAFFIC (RPK) (Billion):
121 (XIJ) 3.88; 122 (STG) 3.87; 123 (MCR) 3.87; 124 (TAC) 3.85; 125 (SBE) 3.77; 126 (RBA) 3.72; 127 (DLH) CITYLINE) 3.66; 128 (HGA) 3.55; 129 (BRT) 3.52.

August 2003: 1st 2 A319-132's (1029; 2023, V8-RBP), CIT (TCI) leased, delivery for regional services from Bandar Seri Begawan to Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Hong Kong, Taipei, Jakarta, Bali, and Darwin.

757-2M6 (23452, V8-RBA) wet-leased to Royal Tongan Airlines (FRS) for 2 weeks.

September 2003: In October 2003, Bandar Seri Begawan - Brisbane - Auckland (4/week).

2 A319-132's (1062; 2032, V8-RBR), CIT (TCI) 7-year leased, deliveries.

December 2003: 2 A320-232's (2135, V8-RBS; 2139, V8-RBT), CIT (TCI) leased.

February 2004: 3 year, $25 Million contract to China Airlines (CHI) for 8 767-300ER's (PW4056/60) engines.

Adds (V2500) Total Engine Support to existing (CFM) support program with Lufthansa Technik (DLH) (LTK).

April 2004: 1,752 employees (including 119 Flight Crew (FC), 455 Cabin Attendants (CA), & 458 Maintenance Tecyhnicians (MT)).

757-2M6 (23453) returned from Royal Tongan Airlines (FRS).

May 2004: Code share with Philippine Airlines (PAL), Bandar Seri Begawan - Manila.

767-328ER (27428) leased to Air Europa (ARE).

August 2004: Selected Discover the World Marketing to handle its sales and marketing in Indonesia, in particular at Denpasar in Bali and Balikpapan in East Borneo.

October 2004: Bandar Seri Begawan - Sydney (767, 3/week).

November 2004: 757-2M6 (23453) wet-leased to Azerbaijan (AHY).

June 2005: As national flag carrier, Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) operates international scheduled flights to Australia, Europe, the Middle and Far East.

1,647 employees (including 125 Flight Crew (FC); 401 Cabin Attendants (CA); & 451 Maintenance Technicians (MT)).

(IATA) Code: BI - 672. (ICAO) Code: RBA (Callsign - BRUNEI).

(Cisukarh@rba.com.bn). SITA: BWNSQBI (Corporate Strategy Department).

Parent organization/shareholders: Government of Brunei Darussalam (100%).

Alliances: BMI British Midland (BMA); Dragonair (DRG); Malaysia Airlines (MAS); Philippine Airlines (PAL); & Singapore Airlines (SIA).

Main Base: Brunei International airport (BWN).

International, Scheduled Destinations: Auckland; Bangkok; Brisbane; Darwin; Denpasar Bali; Dubai; Frankfurt; Hong Kong; Jakarta; Jeddah; Kota Kinabalu; Kuala Lumpur; London; Manila; Perth; Shanghai; Sharjah; Singapore; Surabaya; & Sydney.

August 2005: Pengiran Yusof bin Pengiran Hj Jeludin, acting CEO, replaced Peter Foster, who resigned.

March 2006: Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) signed a Memo of Understanding (MOU) with Garuda Indonesia (GIA) covering "commercially viable cooperation" including training, jet airplane Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO), information and distribution technology, ground handling, and catering.

Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) will inaugurate nonstop service from Bandar Seri Begawan to Ho Chi Minh City on May 11th and operate 3 flights a week departing Bandar on Mondays, Thursdays & Sundays and Ho Chi Minh on Tuesdays, Thursdays & Sundays using an A319.

May 2007: Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) named Ray Sayer, (CEO) effective September 1. Sayer worked for British Airways (BAB) in Brunei in the 1980s, and most recently was CEO of Bahrain Airport Services.

July 2007: Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) will lease four 787-8 Dreamliners for delivery beginning in late 2009, according to Rolls-Royce (RRC), which announced that it reached agreement with the carrier to provide (Trent 1000) engines and a long-term Total Care service accord.

November 2009: International destinations: Auckland; Bangkok; Brisbane; Dubai; Ho Chi Minh City; Hong Kong; Jakarta; Kota Kinabalu; Kuala Lumpur; Kuching; London; Manila; Perth; Singapore; & Surabaya.

December 2009: Jet Airways (JPL) received approval to lease out three 777-300ERs to Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA).

May 2010: Singapore Airlines (SIA) said it has signed an agreement to lease six 777-200s to Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) for 2 to 2.5 years.

June 2010: 3 777-212ERs (28524, V8-BLC; 30871, V8-BLA; 30872, V8-BLB), Singapore Airlines (SIA) leased.

August 2010: 777-212ER (28526, V8-BLE), Singapore Airlines (SIA) leased, ex-(9V-SVC).

September 2010: 777-212ER (30869, V8-BLF), Singapore Airlines (SIA) leased, ex-(9V-SVD).

October 2010: Brunei International Airport will renovate and expand its passenger terminal to make it more aesthetically pleasing and comparable to other international airports in Asia. The project will be implemented on a design-and-build basis, and the plan is to issue a tender early in the first quarter of 2011, says Julian Fung, head of infrastructure development of the Brunei Economic Development Board (BEDB). Changi Airports International, the consulting arm of Singapore’s Changi Airports Group, will advise the (BEDB), says Fung.
Brunei’s government has tasked the (BEDB) with transforming the terminal, but upgrades to other facilities–such as the runway and taxiways–remain the responsibility of the Civil Aviation Department, he adds. “The whole idea is to transform the existing terminal
building to make it more aesthetically pleasing and passenger-friendly,” he says, adding, “There is a plan to extend the building to give it more floor space and transform the look and feel of the exterior and interior and bring it to a higher standard.” He adds, “There is a possibility the terminal will have more gates, but the intention of increasing the floor space is really to give passengers more space, have more space for retail and more room for passenger comfort.”

Changi Airports International says the cost of the upgrade is budgeted at B$130 million/$100 million and is to be completed over a 36-month period.

March 2012: Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) will return two of its six 777-200ERs to the lessors by the end of this year as it no longer requires as much long-haul capacity. Its only remaining long-haul services are a daily flights from Bandar Seri Begawan International airport (BWN) via Dubai International airport (DXB) to London Heathrow airport (LHR), and from Bandar Seri Begawan airport to Melbourne Tullamarine International airport (MEL) as well as two weekly, Bandar Seri Begawan airport - Jeddah King Abdul Aziz airport (JED) services.

October 2013: Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) has taken delivery of the first of five Boeing 787s scheduled for (RBA)’s long-haul fleet expansion plan becoming the first Southeast Asian operator of the type.

On October 2, the 787 flew nonstop from Boeing (TBC)’s facility at Paine Field in Everett, north of Seattle, Washington to Bandar Seri Begawan International Airport in Brunei.

Royal Brunei (RBA) is scheduled to start operating the 787 to Singapore from October 18, with long-haul service to London, via Dubai, set to begin December 1. (RBA) plans to use the 787 for services to Melbourne, Australia, in the 2014 second quarter.

See video of the production line of the (RBA) 787 Dreamliner"

November 2013: Royal Brunei (RBA) will introduce 787 Dreamliner service December 2 on London - Dubai - Brunei, along with a re-branding strategy called "Betterfly." (RBA) will offer all-787 service on long-haul flights beginning in April 2014.

New Boeing 787 operator, Royal Brunei (RBA) is poised to place a short-haul airplane order by the end of the year and is mulling its strategic partnership options.

April 2014: After introducing new cabin attendants uniforms in February - - SEE ATTACHED - - "RBA-CABIN ATTENDANTS-2014-02," the timing is excellent for coinciding with the launch of Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) 787 Dreamliner services to Melbourne on April 2nd.

Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) began daily, London (LHR) - Melbourne Boeing 787 service, via Dubai and Brunei.

May 2014: Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) will resume flights to Bali, Indonesia from July. The flag carrier of the Sultanate of Brunei (RBA) is looking to tap into the growing tourism trade for European travelers, with a 4x-weekly Airbus A319 service.

(RBA) resumed serving Denpasar (DPS) on the island of Bali, Indonesia on July 26th. The four times weekly flights on the 1,510 km route from Bandar Seri Begawan (BWN) will be operated by (RBA)’s A319s and A320s and faces no competition. (RBA) previously served the route between 1993 and 2008.

(RBA)’s Deputy Chairman, Dermot Mannion said, “The Commercial team does regular route studies for ways to develop and increase connectivity for our markets. In their latest studies, Bali has emerged a frontrunner in providing connections for key markets in London and Dubai and also for regional destinations like Hong Kong and Shanghai. We are delighted to include Bali, an exciting holiday destination, into our network.” This brings (RBI)’s network to 12 non-stop destinations, with Dubai and Melbourne the only sectors of over >3,000 km. These are operated by a fleet comprising four 787-8s, four A320s and two A319s. In October the airline will also resume flights to Ho Chi Minh City.

(RBA) cut its Bali flights in 2003 following a dramatic drop in travel numbers as a result of the (SARS) outbreak, along with flight cuts to the Middle East, Australia and Hong Kong.

The new connection complements the recent inauguration in April of (RBA)’s new Boeing 787s on flights from Melbourne to Brunei, then connecting to London, with a daily service that replaced previous 777s on the route. The addition of Bali to the Royal Brunei (RBA) route map adds to regional coverage for long-haul passengers.

As the 787 launch customer in Southeast Asia, Royal Brunei (RBA) links its service to regional and international destinations in Australia, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the UK.

Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) has ordered seven Airbus A320neos, plus three options, under the latest phase of its fleet modernization program. The deal is valued at $720 million at current list prices.

The airplanes will be operated on (RBA)’s regional network linking Bandar Seri Begawan with destinations across Asia. The airplanes, which will be configured in a two-class premium layout, will be powered by Pratt & Whitney (PRW) (PW1100G-JM) engines.

(RBA) Deputy Chairman, Dermot Mannion said (RBA) has operated the A320 family airplanes since 2003. “We are confident this latest neo version will bring even greater levels of efficiency, with -15% less fuel and a significantly reduced impact on the environment,” he said.

At present, the Bruneian national carrier's narrow body fleet consists of two A319-100s and four A320-200s used on flights to Bangkok Suvarnabhumi, Jakarta Soekarno-Hatta, Denpasar, Hong Kong Chep Lap Kok, Kota Kinabalu, Kuala Lumpur International, Manila, Shanghai Pudong, Singapore Changi, and Surabaya.

(RBA) currently operates 10 airplanes, and serves 12 countries, 16 destinations, 17 routes and 30 daily flights.

August 2014: Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) will reopen Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh route, which was cut in October 2011, to close up a gap in coverage between its Hong Kong and Bangkok destinations.

(RBA) Deputy Chairman, Dermot Mannion said the route was reinstated based on the potential for “connections to key markets from Melbourne, Dubai, and London.” He also said the new routing could also link to expanding Vietnamese tourism business for regional destinations in Brunei and West Malaysia. “Ho Chi Minh City emerged a frontrunner in providing [international] connections [and for] regional destinations like Kota Kinabalu,” Mannion said.

(RBA) will operate 4x-weekly flights from Brunei’s Bandar Seri Begawan to Ho Chi Minh’s Tan Son Nhat International Airport using a mix of Airbus A319 on weekdays, and an A320 for weekend flights.

Last year, (IATA) flagged Vietnam as the world’s third-fastest growing market for international travel and second-fastest market for domestic air travel into and out of Vietnam (passenger numbers surged +15% in 2013).

November 2014: News Item A-1: Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) has expanded its route network to include +6 more UK destinations following a Special Prorate Agreement signed with British Airways (BAB) giving each carrier a fixed price for interlining. The deal will extend (RBA)'s network to key destinations such as Manchester, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Belfast. The agreement also means passenger bags will be checked-in all the way to their final destination and their boarding passes for all flights issued at the first check-in point. Business (C) class customers will also have access to all (BAB) business (C) lounges.

News Item A-2: (AWAS) (AWW) and Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) have agreed to lease two new Airbus A320 passenger airplanes powered by (IAE) (V2527-A5) engines. The airplanes are expected to be delivered in October 2015 and will be a direct replacement for two Royal Brunei (RBA) A319s, which are due to come off lease.

February 2015: Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) announced a long-term agreement with Ras al-Khaimah Tourism (RAK) to develop the destination with UK consumers.

June 2015: Three more airlines (Singapore Airlines (SIA), Royal Brunei (RBA), and Norwegian Air Shuttle (NWG)) have signed up for (SITA) OnAir’s flight tracking system, and AIRCOM FlightTracker. These carriers will join Malaysia Airlines (MAS), Oman Air (OMR) and 10 other unspecified carriers that use the system.

(AIRCOM) has been developed by (SITA), working with a number of airlines to use equipment already fitted to the airplane to provide a tracking solution. No additional hardware is required, just an additional layer of software that can be installed and activated in a matter of days.

The system “meets and exceeds the flight tracking requirements defined by (IATA) and (ICAO),” (SITA) OnAir (CEO), Ian Dawkins said at the (SITA) Air Transport Information Technology (IT) Summit in Brussels.

(AIRCOM) FlightTracker harnesses the communications links already installed on most modern airliners to download position data to an airline's operational center, using Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) and (ATC) radar data as a tracking tool, while the aircraft is over land and switching to (ACARS) and (FANS) in the oceanic environment.

Dawkins pointed out that 14,000 airplanes in the global fleet are already equipped with some element of (SITA) OnAir, operated by 400 customer airlines. More than >95 of these are equipped with the (AIRCOM) server, meaning that the software upgrade can be deployed in days. (SITA) has also created a cloud solution for airlines that do not have (AIRCOM).

Norwegian (NWG) (COO), Geir Steiro said: “Norwegian Air Shuttle (NWG) has a strict selection process for every new solution we introduce. (SITA) OnAir’s Flight Tracker is the most complete solution available. Using multiple sources of data, we can track all our aircraft at 15 minute intervals or less. It also provides the most accurate data, using “smoothing' to combine position sources. A bonus feature is the unique way it integrates (ATC) data into our systems. It will give us valuable insight into operations and how we can improve them.”

A total of 15 airlines are currently using (AIRCOM) FlightTracker and seven have also signed up for an option that issues an alert if an aircraft deviates from track. A refined version of the deviation alert system will be integrated into the next version of the system due for release later this year. This will define an operating corridor for the aircraft, incorporating (ATC) data link communications, to ensure that legitimate and approved deviations do not automatically trigger an alert.

(AIRCOM) FlightTracker forces the aircraft to communicate its position at a regular interval,” Dawkins said. “It guarantees regular flight position updates.”

(SITA) is also conducting trials with a major European airline testing the feasibility of streaming black box data from aircraft in the event of an emergency. Dawkins said that if the trials are successful, this capability could be incorporated into (AIRCOM) FlightTracker as early as the end of this year.

“Having immediate access to flight data can help to improve flight safety,” he said.

(SITA) OnAir said it would provide flight tracking and position reporting services free of charge to (SITA) members in the event of an emergency.

February 2016: "Royal Brunei Establishes Dubai Code Share with Turkish Airlines" by (ATW) Jeremy Torr. February 29, 2016.

Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) has signed a code share agreement with Turkish Airlines (THY) to link its Bandar Seri Begawan hub to (THY)’s home base at Istanbul.

(RBA) will offer its BI code to Brunei-sourced passengers on (THY) flights from Istanbul to Dubai from the end of February, and will also offer (THY) ticketholders access to its Bandar Seri Begawan-Dubai route.

Royal Brunei (RBA) said it was “keen to further expand the code share arrangements in the future to our mutual benefit” with Turkish Airlines (THY), which has committed to an expansion of its key network routes outside its traditional (UK) - Australia schedules to other transfer destinations across Europe and Southeast Asia.

The agreement also boosts (THY)’s reach into the relatively lightly accessed Southeast Asia region.

(THY) Chief Investment & Technology Officer, Ahmet Bolat said the new code share would improve its ability to sell Bandar Seri Begawan as a destination, but would also “maximize the travel opportunities offered to our passengers” across the region.

March 2016: Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) announced acting (CEO) & Deputy Chairman, Dermot Mannion will leave “shortly, on completion of his term of office,” and will be succeeded by (CCO) Karam Chand.

Chand Royal Brunei Airlines announced acting CEO and deputy chairman Dermot Mannion will leave “shortly, on completion of his term of office,” and will be succeeded by CCO Karam Chand.

Chand has been with Royal Brunei (RBA) for more than >3 years, and was previously employed by Virgin Australia (VOZ) and Fiji Airways (APC), formerly Air Pacific.

Chand said (RBA) is in a good position to “fly the flag higher on the strong legacy left by [Mannion],” and will use its newly upgraded 10-strong fleet of new aircraft for expanding its network.

Chand cited destinations such as Brisbane, Perth, India, Beijing, and Tokyo as potential destinations. (RBA) is scheduled to take delivery of its first Airbus A320neos in 2018, from an order of up to 10 placed in 2014. “Our current A320s are around 10 years old; we need to look at a change in the cost structure of [our single-aisle aircraft],” Chand said.

Mannion leaves at the end of his five-year contract at Royal Brunei (RBA), which underwent a significant fleet overhaul, including taking Southeast Asia’s first Boeing 787s.

Chand said Royal Brunei (RBA) is in a good position to “fly the flag higher on the strong legacy left by [Mannion],” and will use its newly upgraded 10-strong fleet of new aircraft for expanding its network.

April 2016: SITAONAIR has partnered with Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) to provide its electronic flight bag (EFB) solution, which will deliver paperless operational information to pilots (FC) onboard its Airbus A320-200 fleet. The (EFB) technology will also be deployed as a backup on its Boeing 787-8 fleet.

May 2016: HRH The Sultan of Brunei Flies the 787 Dreamliner:

https://youtu.be/-PR6nnLd9W0

August 2016: Hong Kong Airlines (CRY) and Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA), the national flag carrier of Brunei Darussalam, signed a code share agreement to provide travelers with enhanced connections in Asia.

Under the agreement, (CRY)’s “HX” code will be placed on (RBA) daily flights between Hong Kong and Bandar Seri Begawan, the capital and largest city of the Sultanate of Brunei. At the same time, (RBA) will place its “BI” code on (CRY)’s daily flights between Hong Kong and onwards to Tokyo, Japan.

October 2016: Lufthansa Technik (DLH) (LTK) has a 10-year contract with Royal Brunei (RBA) to provide A320 component support.

September 2017: See photo of Brunei Government 747-8LQ BBJ (V8-BKH):
"RBA-747-8LQ BBJ - 2017-09.jpg."

Fleet:
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RBA-787 - 2013-10
RBA-787 - 2013-11
RBA-787 - 2014-12
RBA-787-8-2014-05
RBA-A319
RBA-A320NEO-2014-05

October 2017:

1 747-8LQ BBJ (V8-BKH) BRUNEI GOVERNMENT (VIP) JET.

0 757-2M6ER (RB211-535E4) (94-23452, /86 V8-RBA; 100-23453, /86 V8-RBB), (ETOPS). 23453 WET-LST (FRS) 2002-09. 23452 WET-LST (FRS) 2003-08. 23452 RF (FRS) 2004-04. 23453 WET-LST (AHY) 2004-11. 23452 PARTED OUT. 24C, 150Y.

2 767-328ER (CF6-80C2B6F) (579-27427, /96 V8-RBN; 586-27428, /96 V8-RBM), LST (SWI), (ETOPS), RTND, 27427 LST (MAU), RF (VIE) 2002-06; 27428 WET-LST (ARE) 2005-05. 18F, 231Y.

6 767-33AER (PW4056) (414-25530, /92 V8-RBF; 442-25532, /92 V8-RBG; 454-25533, /92 V8-RBJ; 477-25534, /93 V8-RBH; 504-25536, /93 V8-RBK; 521-27189, /94 V8-RBL), 1 LST (ETH). +1 ORDER. 13F, 24C, 161Y.

4 777-212ER (28524, V8-BLC, 2010-06; 28525, V8-BLD; 28526, V8-BLE, 2010-08; 30869, V8-BLF, 2010-09; 30871, V8-BLA, 2010-06; 30872, V8-BLB, 2010-06), (SIA) LSD FOR 2 TO 2.5 YEARS. EX-(9V-SVA; 9V-SVC; 9V-SVF; 9V-SVG). 28525; & 28526; RETURNED TO (SIA).

3 777-300, (JPL) WET-LSD 2010-01.

1 +4 ORDERS 787-8 DREAMLINER (TRENT 1000), (LCAL) LSD. 18J, 236Y.

2 A319-132 (V2524-A5) (1029, 2003-08; 2023, /03 V8-RBP; 2062, 2003-09; 2032, /03 V8-RBR), TO REPLACE F 100'S. (TCI) 7 YR LSD, 8C, 114Y.

7/3 ORDERS A320NEO (PW1100G-JM):

2 A320-232 (V2527-A5) (2135, /03 V8-RBS; 2139, /04 V8-RBT), (TCI) LSD.
12C, 144Y.

1 A320-232 (V2527-A5) (6816, V8-RBX), EX-(F-WWBJ) (AWAS) AWW LSD 2015-11. 12C, 144Y.

1 FAIRCHILD DORNIER 228-200.

O F 100. 2 RETIRED.

Management:
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RBA-1-Karam Chand - 2016-03.jpg
RBA-1-Karam Chand-2R-2016-09.jpg

PEHIN DATO PADUKA HJ HAZAIR, CHAIRMAN.

KARAM CHAND, DEPUTY CHAIRMAN & CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO), EX-(VOZ)/(APC) (2016-04).
Karam Chand, was formerly Chief Commercial Officer (CCO). He has been with Royal Brunei (RBA) for more than >3 years, and was previously employed by Virgin Australia (VOZ) and Fiji Airways (APC), formerly Air Pacific (APC).

Chand said (RBA) is in a good position to “fly the flag higher on the strong legacy left by [Mannion],” and will use its newly upgraded 10-strong fleet of new aircraft for expanding its network.

Chand cited destinations such as Brisbane, Perth, India, Beijing, and Tokyo as potential destinations. (RBA) is scheduled to take delivery of its first Airbus A320neos in 2018, from an order of up to 10 placed in 2014. “Our current A320s are around 10 years old; we need to look at a change in the cost structure of [our single-aisle aircraft],” Chand said.

DERMOT MANNION, DEPUTY CHAIRMAN & ACTING (CEO), WILL LEAVE SHORTLY (2016-03).
Dermot leaves at the end of his five-year contract at Royal Brunei, which underwent a significant fleet overhaul, including taking Southeast Asia’s first Boeing 787s.

CAPTAIN JOHN R CABORN, DIRECTOR FLIGHT OPERATIONS.

CAPTAIN ROY GIGGINS, FLIGHT OPERATIONS QUALITY MANAGER (BWNDOBI)
(omroypg@rba.com.bn)

CAPTAIN SHEIKH RASHID SHEIKH, FLIGHT OPERATIONS MANAGER.

CAPTAIN HJ ABDUL RAHIM, FLIGHT SAFETY OFFICER (BWNDOBI)
(omrahim@rba.com.bn).

CAPTAIN KHALIDKHAN HJ ASMAKHAN, CHIEF PILOT.

HASSAN TENGAH, DIRECTOR ENGINEERING.

JIM CADE, DEPUTY DIRECTOR ENGINEERING (BWNEMBI) (1999-01).

HAJI OMAR ALI HAJI DAUD, MARKETING DIRECTOR.

RAHUL WITHANAGE, HEAD OF MANAGEMENT AUDIT.

CHUA CHIN HWA, HEAD SALES.

HJ HANAFIAH JIKERIA, HEAD CORPORATE STRATEGY.

MAT SALLEH OTHMAN, MANAGER BASE MAINTENANCE.

JOHN WAINWRIGHT, MANAGER LINE MAINTENANCE.

JACOB LIM, QUALITY MANAGER (BWNETBI) (2001-12).

FRANK BOWRON, ENGINEERING PROJECT MANAGER (BWNETBI),
(etfrank@rba.com.bn).

ANG SIK TING, MANAGER SUPPLIES & CONTRACTS (2003-06).

HJ RANIE HJ TIMBANG, MANAGER TECHNICAL SUPPORT SERVICES/TRAINING.

JOHAR METALI, TECHNICAL SERVICES SUPERINTENDENT (BWNETBI) (ebjoharm@rba.com.bn) (2003-06).

HJ LI HAMZAHPE, MAINTENANCE PLANNING CONTROLLER.

 
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