Royal Brunei set to restart London-Dubai – Business Traveler
Royal Brunei will no longer operate non-stop between London and Bandar Seri Begawan.
From November 1, Royal Brunei will operate to Bandar via Dubai, as it did until 2018.
He is expected to gain fifth freedom rights between London and Dubai and vice versa, as has happened before.
This means that if approved, Royal Brunei will undoubtedly offer great rates in the travel industry.
This is good news for economy-conscious business travelers and the many expats based in the UAE.
The schedules three times a week by B787 are:
BI 98 London Heathrow-Dubai 1700-0415 (next day)
BI 98 Dubai-Bandar Seri Begawan 0545-1730
BI 97 Bandar Seri Begawan-Dubai 2025-0110 (next day)
BI 97 Dubai-London Heathrow 0300-0720
Note that flights depart from London every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday.
Flights depart from Bandar Seri Begawan every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
Why stop on the way when your B787 can fly non-stop?
I suspect this is because Royal Brunei can spread its risk by covering two destinations with one flight.
Secondly, having a layover en route means better fuel mileage as each sector is what the former CEO of Air Asia X (Osman bin Rani) said was the “sweet spot” [for efficient fuel consumption].
Two points to note:
- At the time of writing, timings have been entered into the Royal Brunei booking engine, but no London-Dubai bookings are currently possible.
- Royal Brunei is a dry airline. In the past, it allowed passengers to bring their own drinks on board. As the situation may change, I would suggest readers check at the time of booking.