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aldrigsomandre

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Member since 31 Aug 2015

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Hello,


I will be going to Bandar Seri Begawan next month in J.

My options are all one stop.

  • Royal Brunei Airlines
  • Singapore
  • Malaysian

The cheapest option is Royal Brunei. Does anyone have any experience with this airline?

Thank you in advance.

blaird

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Member since 01 Aug 2013

Total posts 22

I havent flown them myself but a few friends have to London, they said for the price the service and food are pretty good. No alcohol served on board though if thats a factor for you. The lounge and airport in Brunei are pretty basic as well from the what I am told.

ajstubbs

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Member since 15 Mar 2016

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Royal Brunei also edit movies and TV shows to remove any salacious content. Not a massive issue but if you like in-flight movie watching, it's a factor.

Dredgy

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Member since 02 Apr 2017

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Royal Brunei 🇧 has a fine product, just is a dry airline (but Brunei’s a dry country so might as well get used to it). I’ve flown them a lot though not their 787 J product.


Brunei airport will suck no matter what airline you fly, but since you’re not transferring it won’t be a big issue. I’d fly Royal Brunei just for direct from Australia option, and it usually drasticallly cheaper.

Viscount2

Member since 14 Dec 2015

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Used Royal Brunei a lot to LHR and also into Asia. The 787 is very comfortable, 18 Seats and 2 huge biz toilets. Food is average to very good, service always the best. I don't mind the airport and lounge at Brunei, a little run down etc, but good wifi and passable food and coffee.

aussie-flyer

Member since 08 May 2017

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I have taken Royal Brunei twice from Melbourne to Bangkok. 787 is very comfortable, its just the lack of alcohol that can be a problem for some people. Service is great and food can be excellent to very average.

Chris Chamberlin

Member since 24 Apr 2012

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Royal Brunei's lounge in BSB is pretty average, so while you'll have access as a business class passenger, don't plan on arriving hours early to enjoy it.

Can't comment on the flying aspect of Royal Brunei: used the lounge in BSB as a Malaysia Airlines passenger (as MH uses the same lounge).

aldrigsomandre

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Member since 31 Aug 2015

Total posts 86

Thank you all for the opinions.
I don't drink when I travel and supply my own in-flight entertainment in the form of podcasts and audiobooks, so I don't think dry airlines and edited IFE's will be a problem.

Booked a ticket on RBA.

Let's see how it goes.

mannej

QF

Member since 21 May 2014

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I don't have any direct experience on BI, but my in-laws used them as a low cost J Option PER-LHR before they canned PER.

They were delayed in BWN for about ~18 hours on the way back home as the Sultan had pinched their aircraft for the day. They were put up and treated well, but quite a novel story to tell after returning!

evilbrian

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Member since 07 Sep 2012

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I have a friend who uses RB for his flights to London, and he loves them for the cost in J, but he's a teetotaler. As per the previous post, they were taxiing out to the runway only to see a bunch of cars race up beside the plane and force it to stop. Out of one of the cars jumped a Prince and his wife who then boarded the plane. All the other cars had their luggage in them which was quickly stowed. Life in the provinces!

Andrew Barkery

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Member since 21 Mar 2011

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Would only fly them if I was not in amassing frequent flyer points, RBA/BI has its own rewards program but that program is not linked to OW/*A.
Aussies having to get a visa on arrival (paying $), also puts me off using Brunei as a base for transfers.
I would have said go via SIN, and get VFF points flying SQ ($$$ I do realize), but as you have booked RBA/BI, enjoy the flight!

Mokuni

Member since 22 Jun 2017

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I've flown J on SQ to Burnei in April this year and will again next year in March. Word of caution the SQ flight from SIN to BWN, make sure it's not the a320 but to aim for the 777-300. Big difference.

Rod H

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Member since 06 Mar 2015

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Without any doubt use SQ. I lived in Brunei for some years and had to fly with RBA on quite a few occasions and whilst the flight was OK they are not a patch on SQ and their lounges -- well one could hardly call them a lounge. Just a room really , very ordinary. Would not bother to look past SQ , you won't be disappointed. In my opinion SQ is one of the best in the world and I have flown with quite a lot over the years.

nix584

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Member since 10 Jan 2012

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I've flown J on SQ to Burnei in April this year and will again next year in March. Word of caution the SQ flight from SIN to BWN, make sure it's not the a320 but to aim for the 777-300. Big difference.

MI have A320's, SQ don't.

aldrigsomandre

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Member since 31 Aug 2015

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I've flown J on SQ to Burnei in April this year and will again next year in March. Word of caution the SQ flight from SIN to BWN, make sure it's not the a320 but to aim for the 777-300. Big difference.
MI have A320's, SQ don't.


From what I have seen, SQ codeshares with MI on this particular route.

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