Jet Airways reportedly announced plans to lease three B777-300ER aircraft to Royal Brunei Airlines (The Brunei Times, 08-Jan-2010). The aircraft were previously leased to Gulf Air. Royal Brunei reportedly plans to service new destinations in 2011, including Bahrain, Chennai, Makassar, Penang, Tokyo Narita, Shanghai and Beijing.
Jet Airways may lease B777 aircraft to Royal Brunei Airlines
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