Royal Brunei Airlines (RB), Brunei Darussalam’s national carrier, has reached new heights with its first commercial Boeing 787 Dreamliner flight. The B787 Dreamliner flew from from Bandar Seri Bengawan International Airport to Singapore’s Changi Airport, with Guest-of-Honour, Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah, Minister of Communications of Brunei Darussalam, present to officially launch the event.

The arrival of this new generation eco-friendly aircraft, powered by Rolls Royce Trent 1000 engines, into the RB fleet is part of a major investment programme in the airline which has been spearheaded by the board in recent times, under the Chairmanship of Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Awang Haji Bahrin Bin Abdullah.

Mr Dermot Mannion, Deputy Chairman of RB said, “We are delighted to officially launch the B787 Dreamliner in commercial service – a new breed of aircraft, designed and built for efficiency and unparalleled passenger comfort. Passengers can now look forward to a great Dreamliner flight experience as it provides the added comfort of a lower cabin altitude and higher humidity, which helps to avoid the fatigue and headaches often associated with long haul flights. As a boutique airline, we are always looking for new ways to surprise and delight our passengers and we are confident the Dreamliner will achieve just that.”

RB is the first airline in Southeast Asia to take delivery of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and to mark the launch will be flying the Dreamliner around the region for the first six weeks of operations. Daily long haul services to London, via Dubai will begin on 1st December 2013. The target is then to extend the Dreamliner service to daily flights to Melbourne from the second quarter of 2014. This provides RB with an exciting opportunity to provide an unrivalled passenger experience in a quieter passenger cabin, while minimising the environmental impact of air travel.

“We are pleased to have this partnership with Royal Brunei Airlines on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner and we look forward to more successful working collaborations with RB. The choice is a testament to the airline’s commitment to offer the best possible service to its passengers and to operate the most efficient airplane flying today,” said Mr Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president of Asia Pacific and India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

The 787 Dreamliner’s composite construction and advanced aerodynamics combines for a smoother ride by reducing turbulence and noise for a calmer cabin experience. RB’s 787 Dreamliner has the capability to seat a total of 254 passengers, 18 on Business Class and 236 on Economy class. The Business class features the ‘Contour’ seats with a seat pitch of 79 inches which reclines to a lie-flat bed (77 inches in length including Ottoman) and a 15.4 inch touchscreen LCD monitor with Panasonic eX2 in-flight entertainment system. The Economy class features the Weber 5751 seats with an average seat pitch of 32 inches with semi-articulating recline and adjustable headrest, it is also integrated with the Eco 9 inch personal touch screen inflight entertainment monitors. The latest technology also includes USB ports available at every seat (both in Business and Economy class) and noise cancelling headsets. The Dreamliner is also equipped with lavatories that are catered to special needs passengers.

Operating across four continents, and flying to 15 major cities including London, Hong Kong, Melbourne and Manila, RB has consistently focused on providing award-winning service throughout its 38-year history.