Inaugural flight makes Royal Brunei the first international airline to fly to the East Malaysian city
Royal Brunei Airlines made its way to Sibu Airport, making the Sarawakian city the fourth new destination in Malaysia after Sandakan, Bintulu and Tawau.
The inaugural flight, which arrived at the airport on November 14, 2019, was celebrated by a host of VIPs and officials including Yang Berhormat Datuk Haji Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, Minister of Tourism, Arts & Culture, Sarawak; Hii Chang Kee, Permanent Secretary at Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture, Sarawak; Zainuddin Mohamed, Senior Manager, Route Development Malaysia Airports Holdings Berhad; Sharzede Datu Salleh Askor, Chief Executive Officer of Sarawak Tourism Board; as well as Ai-Ling Ng, Royal Brunei’s Senior Vice President - Sales.
“We are very proud to be the first international airline to fly to Sibu in the Malaysian state of Sarawak. We are delighted to introduce Sibu as our next destination in Phase one of the RB Link regional initiative connecting cities and towns within Borneo Island,” said Ai-Ling Ng. “Sibu and its neighbouring towns will benefit from our value pricing and five-star full service product as well as seamless connections through Brunei to many international markets such as China, Japan, UK and Australia which offer great tourism and export opportunities. It’s another important and exciting step in our goal to make travel easier within Borneo and beyond.”
Group Chief Executive Officer of Malaysia Airports Raja Azmi Raja Nazuddin said, “We are pleased to welcome Royal Brunei Airlines to Sibu Airport, its fourth new destination in Malaysia after Sandakan, Bintulu and Tawau in recent weeks. In the last nine months, Sibu Airport recorded a 12.7% increase in passenger movement compared to the same period last year. We are confident that this new international route will benefit Sibu by boosting its tourism offerings to potential visitors.”
According to Sarawak Tourism Board’s Sharzede Datu Hj Salleh Askor, the connectivity provided by Royal Brunei will connect the world to Sibu through another important hub, Bandar Seri Begawan.
“Not only does it serve as a link for local business community to the outside world but it’d facilitate the growth of tourism into the Sibu and the central region,” commented Sharzede, adding that the board is currently pursuing an aggressive promotion campaign recently launched in Europe and expecting tourist movement early next year.
RB Link flights provide guests with a full-service experience, including a light snack and drink service (for flights exceeding one hour), and checked baggage allowance of 15kg or, for connecting guests, weight in-line with international fare rules (starting from 30kg in economy class).
The aircraft can accommodate 72 all economy class seats with four preferred seats on a 43-inch seat pitch and six preferred seats with 33-inch seat pitch. Guests on board will enjoy RB’s signature service, Muhibah in-flight magazine, and will be able to use their personal electronic devices for entertainment.
The six-times-weekly flight–schedule is as follows:
Flights can be purchased from your preferred travel agents or through the Royal Brunei Airlines’ sales offices, call centre and website www.flyrb.com