Dermot Mannion, deputy chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines, The Honourable Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah, Minister of Communications of Brunei Darussalam and Karam Chand, chief commercial and planning officer of Royal Brunei Airlines at the official launch of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner to Singapore
SINGAPORE – Royal Brunei Airlines’ Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Southeast Asia’s first, has touched down in Singapore on Friday, October 18, 2013 from Bandar Seri Begawan International Airport.
Guest-of-honour Yang Berhormat Pehin Orang Kaya Hamzah Pahlawan Dato Seri Setia Awang Haji Abdullah, Minister of Communications of Brunei Darussalam was on the Dreamliner’s maiden flight, to launch the new generation eco-friendly aircraft as part of the national carrier’s major investment programme, spearheaded by the board under the Minister’s chairmanship.
“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,” said Dermot Mannion, deputy chairman of RB.
RB is the first airline in Southeast Asia to take delivery of the Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The airline 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 December 1, 2013.
The aim 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.
The 787 Dreamliner’s composite construction and advanced aerodynamics make for a smoother ride, reducing turbulence and noise for a calmer cabin experience. It has the capability to seat a total of 254 passengers, 18 on Business Class and 236 on Economy class.
The Economy class features 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.