Royal Brunei Airlines accepted (03-Oct-2013) the delivery of its first Boeing 787. The carrier will initially utilise the aircraft on services to Singapore from 18-Oct-2013, followed by a long-haul service to London, via Dubai, commencing 01-Dec-2013. Royal Brunei Airlines aims to operate a 100% 787 long-haul service from 2Q2014 with services to Melbourne, Australia. [more - original PR]
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