Royal Brunei NW18 long-haul service changes

Royal Brunei on Monday (21MAY18) announced long-haul service changes, scheduled to commence on 28OCT18. The airline’s sole European service to London Heathrow, will be operating on nonstop basis, replacing existing 1-stop service via Dubai. Planned changes as follows.

effective till 27OCT18
Bandar Seri Begawan – Dubai – London Heathrow 1 daily 787-8
BI097 BWN1950 – 0005+1DXB0135+1 – 0555+1LHR 787 4
BI097 BWN2025 – 0040+1DXB0150+1 – 0625+1LHR 787 x4

BI098 LHR1745 – 0345+1DXB0515+1 – 1730+1BWN 787 D

effective from 28OCT18
Bandar Seri Begawan – Dubai 4 weekly 787-8
BI007 BWN0020 – 0500DXB 787 x246
BI008 DXB0600 – 1800BWN 787 x246

Bandar Seri Begawan – London Heathrow 1 daily 787-8
BI003 BWN0015 – 0650LHR 787 D
BI004 LHR1705 – 1440+1BWN 787 D

Bandar Seri Begawan – Melbourne Schedule change for Melbourne departure, moving from noon to evening hours. 1 daily 787-8
BI005 BWN1900 – 0500+1MEL 787 D
BI006 MEL1840 – 2240BWN 787 D

The adjustment marks the launch of airline’s nonstop service to Europe, bypassing The Middle East. The airline launched European service in 1990, initially operating with Boeing 757, via points in the Middle East. Operational dates listed below is based on data from OAG, actual launch date may vary.

01JUN90 – 31AUG91 Bandar Seri Begawan – Bangkok – Dubai – Frankfurt (2 weekly)
21NOV90 – 31MAY91 Bandar Seri Begawan – Singapore – Dubai – London Gatwick (2 weekly)

Boeing 767 introduced from June 1991, which saw the airline operated various routing up to October 2018 (including Boeing 787 in recent years):
Bandar Seri Begawan – Abu Dhabi – London Heathrow
Bandar Seri Begawan – Bangkok – Abu Dhabi – Frankfurt
Bandar Seri Begawan – Bangkok – Dubai – Frankfurt
Bandar Seri Begawan – Bangkok – Frankfurt
Bandar Seri Begawan – Bangkok – Sharjah – Frankfurt
Bandar Seri Begawan – Dubai – Frankfurt – London Heathrow
Bandar Seri Begawan – Dubai – London Heathrow
Bandar Seri Begawan – Kuala Lumpur – Bahrain – Zurich
Bandar Seri Begawan – Singapore – Dubai – London Heathrow
Bandar Seri Begawan – Yangon – Abu Dhabi – London Heathrow

Service to London Heathrow was launched in June 1991, replacing Gatwick; Zurich was offered between 1993 and 1996, Frankfurt served until September 2007.