Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei - Royal Brunei Airlines wet-leased two ATR 72-600 from Malaysian low-cost Malindo Air on a two-year contract term.
The planes will be deployed at the Bandar Seri Begawan International Airport and operated on five new and two existing routes under RB Link brand, the newly launched regional subsidiary of the Asian carrier.
The ATRs of Malindo Air are the first turboprop aircraft in the fleet of Royal Brunei Airlines.
The state-run carrier currently operates two Airbus A320ceo, seven Airbus A320neo and five Boeing 787-8. Regional routes are served by the A320neos.
With the arrival of two turboprops, Royal Brunei Airlines will launch five new short-haul routes next month across Borneo in addition to its two existing routes.
RB Link's new regional route map
We are proud to launch RB Link flights, your gateway to Borneo and beyond. This is our latest innovation in improving the products and services across our network and expanding our “home market” to twenty-one million potential customers, Royal Brunei’s Chief Executive Officer Karam Chand said.
RB Link flights operated by our Partner – Malindo Air will initially connect five new and two existing cities across Borneo Island and link them to our global network of twenty-five international destinations via our hub – Brunei International Airport, the chief executive added.
According to Mr. Chand, the newly added destinations will boom the demand for air travel in the region, allowing the cities across Borneo and their citizens to get the benefits of improved air connectivity.