Royal Brunei Airlines is increasing services to Melbourne and will be offering daily flights at the start of the Summer Schedule on 25 March 2012. The enhanced schedule was announced by Deputy Chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines, Mr. Dermot Mannion in a press conference at the Crown Metropol in Melbourne on 30 January 2012. It was attended by Victoria Tourism, Melbourne Airport Authority, local travel agents, Brunei Tourism, members of RBA senior management, and other customers.
The same-time daily services will also improve connections and journey options for passengers travelling between Melbourne and London, Dubai, Manila, Bangkok, Sabah, and Sarawak.
Deputy Chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines, Mr. Dermot Mannion, stated “Travelling to and from Melbourne, the cultural capital of Australia, has never been easier. With our standardised timings coupled with our daily services, it is now just a hop, a skip and a jump away to travel to, and experience the culture of, Brunei – the Green Heart of Borneo and beyond.”
Minister for Tourism and Major Events in Victoria, Louise Asher said she was delighted Royal Brunei Airlines had decided to increase services from four times weekly to daily starting March. She stated, “The burgeoning relationship between Victoria and Royal Brunei Airlines is going from strength to strength and I look forward to continuing this mutually beneficial relationship. South-East Asia is one of Victoria’s fastest growing markets and these additional Royal Brunei Airlines services will enable greater tourism and trade linkages and opportunities across this valuable growth market.”
Melbourne Airport Chief Executive Officer, Mr Chris Woodruff stated, “As Royal Brunei’s only Australian destination, we welcome Royal Brunei’s increased services to Melbourne Airport. In addition to a link to Brunei, Royal Brunei’s extensive Asian and European networks support Melbourne two most significant long haul markets, China and the United Kingdom.”
Flights will depart Bandar Seri Begawan at 11:50am and arrive in Melbourne at 8:45pm. Return flights from Melbourne will depart on daily at 12:25pm and arrive in Bandar Seri Begawan at 5:35pm.
During Daylight Savings periods – 2 October 2011 until 1 April 2012 and 07 October 2012 until 7 April 2013 – departure and arrival timings in Melbourne will be one hour later, while departure and arrival timings in Bandar Seri Begawan remain the same throughout.
Passengers may visit their travel agent or www.bruneiair.com to book their flights.