Kuala Lumpur: National carrier Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) remained in the aviation limelight yesterday morning as its 787 Dreamliner, flight BI 871 touched down and officially became the first Dreamliner to land in Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KLIA), Malaysia.
Malaysia Airports' Senior General Manager, Operation Services, Dato' Azmi Murad, along with the Brunei's High Commissioner to Malaysia, Dato Paduka Haji Ishaaq Haji Abdullah and other officials from Malaysia Airports welcomed the Dreamliner and Deputy Chairman of RB, Dermot Mannion, other RB officers and staff, as well as the Brunei media with a traditional dance depicting multi-racial Malaysia.
Dato' Azmi Murad congratulated RB for the commencement of the 787 Dreamliner flights and added, "We wish them all the best for this operation. The introduction of this larger aircraft by Royal Brunei will directly contribute to the increase in passenger movements for this sector.
"Malaysia Airports is also very proud to celebrate this historical occasion as KLIA welcomes the first landing of the Dreamliner. We look forward to more flights by Royal Brunei to KLIA and also more Dreamliners flying to this airport."
This was the second commercial flight for RB's Dreamliner, after the launch of its first commercial flight the previous morning at Singapore's Changi Airport.
Passengers on board the aircraft going from Kuala Lumpur to Bandar Seri Begawan experienced a minor technical glitch and the flight was delayed for roughly four hours.
However, Deputy Chairman of RB Dermot Mannion remains confident of RB's programme, and stands firm with the plans lined up for the Dreamliner.
"It's a new aircraft; there will be technical glitches from time to time. We had one today, we dealt with it. Sorry, we're a little bit late back to Brunei. But we're still confident with the programme. During this induction period, we have full support of a number of Boeing engineers from Seattle in Brunei, and worldwide engineering cooperation agreements with Air France-KLM, so they will be providing us with engineering support as well. So again, we are confident in the programme and we will manage any glitches as they arise," said the Deputy Chairman.
Passengers were taken care of properly, following standard operating procedures by providing them with meal vouchers to be used within KLIA, while waiting to board the aircraft once fixed.
The 787 Dreamliner which flew to Singapore on Friday and Kuala Lumpur yesterday, is the first of a total of four Dreamliners that will be added to RB's current fleet.