A ribbon cutting ceremony was held on 28 December to celebrate Royal Brunei Airlines’ inaugural flight to Kuching. Pictured taking part in proceedings alongside two of the airline’s crew members are: Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Sarawak Minister for Tourism, Arts, Culture, Youth and Sports; Dato Seri Paduka Dr Awang Haji Mohd Amin Liew bin Abdullah, Chairman of the Board, Royal Brunei Airlines; and Captain Saiful Bahrain Awang Bahar, Acting CEO, Royal Brunei Airlines. The carrier will initially operate a twice-weekly (Mondays and Fridays) service between the two airports.
- Royal Brunei Airlines launched flights between Bandar Seri Begawan (BWN) and Kuching (KCH) on 28 December, marking the end of a six-year hiatus for the carrier on the 636-kilometre sector based on OAG Schedules. The operator will serve the new route initially with a twice-weekly frequency (Mondays and Fridays), while from 3 February an extra two weekly flights (Thursdays and Sundays) will be added to the schedule, taking the number of weekly flights operated up to four. Using the carrier’s fleet of 150-seat A320s, the airline will face no direct competition on the route. Kuching was the second new route to be launched by the airline during December, with it having added service to Taipei Taoyuan on 3 December.