SPREADING ITS WINGS

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Published on November 02, 2018 with No Comments

Royal Brunei invests in the latest generation aircraft, the A320NEO.

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When Royal Brunei took the first of seven deliveries of the A320NEO this May, it marked the start of the carrier’s narrowbody fleet renewal plan. This November, when the last two A320NEO aircraft are delivered – and with its current fleet of Boeing 787 Dreamliners – this will seal the airline as having one of the youngest fleets in the world at an average age of just two years.

But beyond taking this major step in the modernisation of its short- and medium-haul aircraft fleet, Royal Brunei’s A320NEO is a key enabler for the airline to pursue route expansion given its superior economics. Since taking delivery of the first next-generation single-aisle aircraft, Royal Brunei has been able to leverage on new destinations – particularly in north Asia, Korea and Japan – and enhanced its network with unparalleled customer service experience. In addition, the new A320NEO has also allowed Royal Brunei to expand frequency of flights to its existing markets such as Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur that are seeing greater demand and requiring larger capacities.

By operating the A320NEO family, Royal Brunei consolidates its commitment to the highest standards of efficiency and noise reduction. The A320NEO is also equipped as standard with noise-reducing vortex generators, which help ensure that on takeoff the A320NEO produces a ‘noise footprint’ on the ground that is some 50 percent smaller than those of comparable aircraft. Incorporating the latest technologies including new generation engines and fuel-saving wingtip devices known as Sharklets, the A320NEO is able to reduce fuel consumption and CO2 emissions by approximately 15 percent (20 percent by 2020).

Royal Brunei’s A320NEO aircraft are powered by CFM International LEAP-1A engines, which are much larger and quieter than standard A320 engines. It’s remarkable how quiet these engines are and that is in keeping guests’ optimum experience in mind. Further offering guests a great inflight experience are seat comfort and the in-flight entertainment. Royal Brunei partners with Thales that features the latest High Definition (HD) screens at every seat for all guests to enjoy a spectacular onboard entertainment experience.

As with the airline’s older A320s, the new aircraft features two cabin class. Business class comprises of 12 seats laid out in a 2-2 formation and each offering a pitch (legroom) of 43 inches, a width of 20.9 inches and a 10-inch recline. Seats also have in-seat power and 11.6 inch personal screens. The A320NEO also features 18 Preferred Economy seats located from rows 21 to 23, which offer additional legroom (32 inches) compared to the economy cabin (30 inches) that takes up the remainder of 120 Economy seats fitted with 10.1 inch personal screen with USB charging capability.

With the A320NEO too, Royal Brunei seeks to add further capacity into China by operating flights to seven cities by the first quarter of next year. This is on top of its current scheduled flights to Shanghai, Hong Kong, Hangzhou and Nanning. Further afield, it will launch a non-stop service to Narita International Airport effective 15 March, 2019.

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