BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN, July 11 (Xinhua) -- Royal Brunei Airlines (RB), the sultanate's national carrier, has launched flight connection to several "underserved" cities on Borneo Island in partnership with Malindo Air of Malaysia.
The launching ceremony was officiated by Brunei's Minister at the Prime Minister's Office and Second Minister of Finance and Economy Hj Mohd Amin Liew on Wednesday. The two-in-one ceremony also celebrated the return of RB's non-stop services to Brisbane, Australia.
RB CEO Karam Chand told Xinhua that the flights operated by Malindo Air will initially connect five new and two existing cities across Borneo Island and link them to RB global network of 25 international destinations via Brunei International Airport.
"The regional aircraft operation will be a key enabler of increased tourism, trade and movement of people within BIMP-EAGA (Brunei-Indonesia-Malaysia-Philippines East ASEAN Growth Area) and will further strengthen Brunei's economic ties with the many cities of Borneo."
Malindo Air CEO Chandran Rama Muthy said, "It will be a privilege for us to support a renowned airline as Royal Brunei Airline in enhancing connectivity within Borneo, as we foresee a boost of passengers' arrival to Malaysia's airports".
"The expected business and tourist traffic hereafter will be in line with Malaysian government's agenda to enhance the national economic trend," he added.