Royal Brunei Airlines has signed a major new deal with Airbus that will see the national carrier revamp its fleet of short- and medium-haul aircraft.
The airline has placed a firm order for seven Airbus A320neo aircraft, with options for a further three, in a deal potentially worth more than US$1 billion at list prices.
The new single-aisle jets will be fitted with a two-class cabin layout, and will operate on Royal Brunei’s regional network linking Bandar Seri Begawan with destinations across Asia.
“RB 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% less fuel [burn],” said Dermot Mannion, Royal Brunei’s deputy chairman.
“At the same time, the new aircraft will offer unmatched levels of in-flight comfort, longer flying range and significant under-floor cargo capability,” he added.
Royal Brunei currently operates six A320-series aircraft, including two smaller A319s and four standard A320s. But it is currently in the process of modernising its fleet, and last year became the first Southeast Asian airline to operate the Boeing 787 Dreamliner.