Royal Brunei orders 4 Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners

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Boeing [NYSE: BA] and Royal Brunei Airlines today announced the airline’s firm purchase of four 787 Dreamliners to renew its widebody fleet.

Royal Brunei Airlines’ selection of the 787-9 is part of the carrier’s renewal program for its widebody fleet, and supports the airline’s long-term growth strategy.

Royal Brunei Airlines: A 787 Dreamliner Pioneer

Royal Brunei Airlines has a notable history with the Boeing 787, being the first southeast Asian operator of the widebody airliner.

Sabirin bin Haji Abdul Hamid, the CEO of Royal Brunei Airlines, spoke on the widebody purchase, highlighting the airline’s decade-long experience with the 787-8 and its positive reception among customers.

 “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,” said Sabirin bin Haji Abdul Hamid.

“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.”

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Benefits of the 787-9 Order

The addition of the 787-9 to the fleet will enable Royal Brunei Airlines to accommodate more passengers and cargo over longer distances while benefitting from an improvement in operational efficiency.

Boeing’s senior vice president of Commercial Sales and Marketing, Brad McMullen, emphasizes the operational benefits that the 787-9 offers, aligning with Royal Brunei Airlines’ objectives of expanding air travel and tourism opportunities.

“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,” said Brad McMullen

“The 787-9 will deliver the versatility, efficiency and range that Royal Brunei Airlines desires to pursue increasing air travel and tourism opportunities.”

Enhanced comfort features of the 787 family include air that is more humid and pressurized at a lower cabin altitude, as well as technology that counters turbulence.

The 787 Dreamliner family also reduces fuel use and emissions by up to 25% compared to the airplanes it replaces.

Current Fleet and Routes

The carrier currently operates five 787-8s, serving destinations in Asia, Australia, the Middle East and the United Kingdom.

The 787-9, which can carry nearly 20% more passengers than the 787-8 and fly 14,010 km (7,565 nautical miles), will support the carrier’s growing capacity needs on these medium- and long-haul routes., and its routes spanning Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and the UK.

Boeing’s 2023 Commercial Market Outlook projects substantial fleet growth in Southeast Asia, underscoring the region’s increasing demand for widebody aircraft, as highlighted by Royal Brunei Airlines’ latest order.


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