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History of Royal Brunei Airlines

 

- Royal Brunei Airlines was founded in 1974, commencing operations in 1975, with services to Singapore, Hong Kong, Kota Kinabalu and Kuching in Malaysia, using two Boeing 737s.

- Manila and Bangkok were added to the network in 1976 and 1977.

- In 1980, a third Boeing 737 was acquired, and Kuala Lumpur, Darwin and Jakarta joined the network by 1984.

- In 1986, three Boeing 757-200ER, and the airline expanded to Taipei and Dubai.

- In 1990 and 1991, first European destinations were added to the network - Frankfurt am Main and London.

- By 1993, the old Boeing 737s have been replaced by two new Boeing 767s, quickly followed by 6 more, so that the fleet now had two Boeing 757s (one was sold) and eight 767s.

- In the following two years, a lot of new destinations were added to the network, including Bahrain, Beijing, Cairo.

- Online booking was introduced in 2001.

- After going through a few years of unprofitable operation, Royal Brunei Airlines began major restructuring in 2003, planning to change the 6 Boeing 767 in the fleet with 15 new narrow-body aircraft and 8 wide-bodies.

- In May, 2003, Royal Skies was launched, and in the years to follow, various non-profitable routes were suspended, while new ones were added to the network.

- Royal Brunei Airlines was not involved directly in any deadly incident, but one of its aircraft, a Dornier 228 operated by Malaysian regional carrier Hornbill Airways, crashed near Miri in August, 1997, causing 21 fatalities on board.