Royal Brunei Orders Boeing 787 Dreamliners

Royal Brunei Airlines has announced an order for further Boeing 787 Dreamliners as it looks to support its future growth plans.

On Day 1 of the 2024 Singapore Airshow, Royal Brunei ordered further 787 Dreamliners from Boeing to enhance its growth plans.

The airline has selected the 787-9 with four units set to join the fleet in the future. Royal Brunei believes the 787 will allow them to serve growing demand while aligning with the key goals efficiently.

Some of those goals include increasing passenger comfort levels. Achieving this with new aircraft will be hugely important, and that’s why the 787-9 has been drafted in.

Additionally, the airline wants to meet the key sustainability goals, and the efficiency of the 787 over previous generation aircraft will make that possible.

The forthcoming arrival of the 787-9 Dreamliner symbolizes a bold step forward in our ongoing journey toward innovation and excellence. Royal Brunei Airlines has been operating the 787-8 for the last 10 years and this order will ensure we continue with a product that our customers have come to enjoy. In our constant effort to offer unparalleled service matched with the highest safety standards to our guests, the new fleet will allow us the potential to tap into new growth areas, strengthening our market appeal and enabling us to provide a superior travel experience to our guests.

Sabirin bin Haji Abdul Hamid, CEO of Royal Brunei Airlines.

A Long Relationship With Boeing 787

Royal Brunei already operates the 787 Dreamliner and has done so for some time, with the widebody being hugely important to global connectivity for the airline.

Fleet data indicates the airline, founded in 1974, has a total of five Boeing 787 Dreamliners averaging 9.4 years, with four active.

Interestingly, however, the carrier flies the 787-8, the smallest Dreamliner family member. Therefore, following the latest commitment, they’ll begin operating a secondary variant in the family.

Boeing says the 787-9 offers prospective customers nearly 20% more passengers than the 787-8 and can support growing capacity needs aboard medium and long-haul routes.

Royal Brunei’s ties with the 787 date back to the airline being the first Southeast Asian carrier to fly the Dreamliner. Since then, it has operated a modest fleet and that will soon grow.

Comments From Boeing

By renewing its investment in the 787 Dreamliner, Royal Brunei Airlines will continue to connect Brunei with the world while offering the carrier’s signature service and comfort to passengers. The 787-9 will deliver the versatility, efficiency and range that Royal Brunei Airlines desires to pursue increasing air travel and tourism opportunities

Brad McMullen, Boeing senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing.
Daniel Fowkes
20 Feb 2024
· Aircraft 
· Airlines 

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