Royal Brunei Airlines has taken delivery of its first 787 Dreamliner – and the first 787 for Southeast Asia.
The airplane departed Paine Field in Everett Wednesday evening for a 6,540 nautical miles (12,112 km) non-stop flight home to Bandar Seri Begawan International Airport in Brunei.
"This exciting addition keeps passenger comfort and high quality service at the heart of our airline and is yet another effort to ensure our fleet remains modern and offers peaceful and tranquil travel," said Dermot Mannion, chairman of Royal Brunei Airlines. "As a small airline we offer truly personal service, delighting our passengers with an authentic Bruneian grace to enrich their journeys."
"We are delighted that Royal Brunei Airlines has chosen to expand its fleet with five 787s," said Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president of Asia Pacific and India Sales, Boeing Commercial Airplanes. "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."
The 787 is scheduled to begin flying regionally to Singapore on Oct. 18, with long-haul service to London, via Dubai, set to begin on Dec. 1. Royal Brunei anticipates delivering on its promise of 100 percent Dreamliner long-haul service in the second quarter of 2014 when it will introduce the 787 on flights to Melbourne, Australia.