UK passengers will be able to fly to the city of Melbourne in Australia as part of the Royal Brunei Airlines network from March 29, 2011.

A four-times weekly service will be introduced in which Royal Brunei Airlines will depart the UK, via Bandar Seri Begawan to Melbourne.

With the addition of Melbourne, Royal Brunei Airlines will fly 14 times weekly to three cities in Australia.

Royal Brunei Airlines Executive Vice President of Commercial & Planning, Riaz Moiz, said that, “With the launch of the Melbourne flights, Royal Brunei Airlines will be able to meet demand for seats to Melbourne from the UK, while also expanding Royal Brunei’s presence in Australia and Brunei’s growing popularity as a stop-over destination. Trade links between the three countries will also be enhanced. The addition of Melbourne is another positive step towards establishing Brunei as a competitive hub in the Asia Pacific region.”

Melbourne Airport Chief Executive Officer, Chris Woodruff, said the Royal Brunei Airlines announcement was a fantastic opportunity. Mr Woodruff said, “This is great news for UK visitors to Australia, who can now enjoy the delights of the state of Victoria, either stopping over in Borneo to experience the Sultanate of Brunei enroute, or simply flying on directly to Melbourne. The importance of international air services from the UK to Melbourne and Victoria cannot be overstated. Royal Brunei Airlines' services will enable tourism and trade opportunities to be further developed."

Located in the state of Victoria and best known for being the cultural capital of Australia, Melbourne is also a centre for commerce, education, entertainment and sports. Visit Melbourne and experience a wide range of activities, attractions and excitement for the whole family. Royal Brunei Airlines flies from Heathrow Terminal 4, flying via Dubai to Brunei with convenient onward connections to Melbourne.

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