Royal Brunei Airlines to upgrade fleet with A320neo aircraft

BRUNEI flag carrier Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA) has placed a firm order with Airbus for seven aircraft plus three options as it embarks on the latest phase of its fleet modernisation programme.

The carrier has signed for seven Airbus A320neo aircraft and three options, to be powered by Pratt & Whitney PW1100G-JM engines and to feature a two-class premium layout.

When delivered, the aircraft will be deployed from capital Bandar Seri Begawan on the carrier’s Asian network.

Dermot Mannion, deputy chairman of RBA, said: “RBA has successfully operated the A320 family of aircraft since 2003. We are confident this latest Neo version will bring even greater levels of efficiency, with 15 per cent less fuel and a significantly reduced impact on the environment. At the same time, the new aircraft will offer unmatched levels of in-flight comfort, longer flying range and significant underfloor cargo capability.”

RBA last month announced that it will resume flights to Bali from July 26 with four weekly departures (TTG Asia e-Daily, April 25, 2014).

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