03 June 2008
From Monday 2 June, Royal Brunei Airlines will increase its flights to and from Auckland; from three times a week to a daily service. A Boeing B767-300 aircraft, with 23 premium seats and 182 economy seats will operate the flights.
The airline has been flying to Auckland since October 2003, serving Brunei and beyond via Brisbane.
"At a time when some carriers serving New Zealand are reducing capacity it is pleasing to see an international airline increasing its flights," said Auckland Airport chief executive, Don Huse.
"Royal Brunei provides an important link to and from the tourism and trade markets of the Philippines, Vietnam and Hong Kong as well as providing an additional 205 seats for the hugely popular and competitive trans-Tasman route between New Zealand and Queensland", said Mr. Huse.
"The daily flights will incorporate a new three-time weekly direct service to Bandar Seri Begawan, whilst the flights on the other four days will continue to operate via Brisbane. The new direct service will provide excellent connections to Hong Kong, Bangkok, Kuala Lumpur and Jakarta, and the service via Brisbane connects primarily to London."
"The number of passengers travelling between Auckland and Bandar Seri Begawan via Brisbane has increased to a level where we believe we can provide a better service to our passengers by operating direct" said Ray Sayer, Royal Brunei Airlines chief executive officer.
Royal Brunei will now operate the following schedule:
Three times a week Brunei - Auckland - Brisbane - Brunei.
The flight arrives in Auckland at 8.35am and will depart at 9.40am.
Four times a week Brunei - Brisbane - Auckland - Brunei.
The flight arrives in Auckland at 2.00am and will depart at 3.15am.
Their local website is: www.bruneiair.com/newzealand/