Royal Brunei has commenced Boeing 787 flights from Melbourne to Brunei and onwards to London, with the daily service replacing the previous Boeing 777 on the route.
Offering Australia's second Boeing 787 service all the way to London, the airline can take you from the Victorian capital to the UK megacity in a little under 27 hours – albeit with two stops which break the journey into three legs of around seven hours each.
Cabin crew on these flights are now debuting the airline's new uniforms, with the design's warm colour palette ranging from "coral dust to morning sky to fresh mint, based on crew seniority" the airline notes.
The first leg of the London-bound journey, BI54, leaves Melbourne at 12:15pm, reaching at the Brunei capital of Bandar Seri Begawan at around 5:20pm.
After two hours spent relaxing in Royal Brunei's SkyLounge, you'll be off to Dubai on BI97, where the Dreamliner makes a fuel stop before continuing to London for an early morning arrival.
On the return, BI98 takes wind at 5:50pm from Heathrow, touching down in Dubai at 3:45am the following calendar day. Following a 90-minute stop, you’ll be wheels up at 5:15am, reaching Bandar Seri Begawan at 5:25pm.
With two and half hours to spare in between flights, there’ll be plenty of time for a shower and a bite to eat on the ground in Brunei before boarding the final leg – BI53 pushes back at 8pm, with an arrival in Melbourne at 4:50am the next day – a total of two calendar days after first taking wind at Heathrow.
Royal Brunei's Boeing 787 carries 254 passengers in a conventional two-class layout.
The 18 business class seats are arrayed in a 2-2-2 configuration with a 79 inch seat pitch.
Each seat converts into a fully lie-flat bed of just under two metres (or 6' 5" in the old currency), including a personal Ottoman.
Economy is arranged in a 3-3-3 layout, with each passenger having their own on-demand entertainment system in the seatback:
And if you're still scratching your head as to exactly where Brunei is – it's a tiny sovereign nation nestled on the north coast of the island of Borneo, which in turn is divided between Malaysia and Indonesia.
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