PATA CEO Dr. Mario Hardy said, “We are extremely pleased to welcome Royal Brunei Airlines to the PATA family as our newest aviation member. I look forward to working with them as they seek to build both brand and business in the Asia Pacific region by taking full advantage of PATA’s extensive network and the in-depth research and insights provided by the Association’s Strategic Intelligence Centre. This is especially important as most travellers are unaware of Brunei’s beautiful unspoiled nature parks, walking trails and beaches – the perfect ingredients with which to develop successful and sustainable ecotourism.”
“Joining PATA is definitely an exciting feat for Royal Brunei and we look forward to working with the association. We are also especially excited to utilise this platform to further promote and develop Brunei as a tourist destination,” said Karam Chand, Royal Brunei Airlines CEO.
Established in 1974, Royal Brunei Airlines is the flag carrier of the Sultanate of Brunei. Based at Brunei International Airport in the capital Bandar Seri Begawan, Royal Brunei utilises a fleet of narrow and wide-body Airbus and Boeing aircrafts to operate a network of services throughout Asia, the Middle East, Australia and the United Kingdom.
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Founded in 1951, PATA is a not-for-profit membership association that acts a catalyst for the responsible development of travel and tourism to, from and within the Asia Pacific region. The Association provides aligned advocacy, insightful research and innovative events to its member organisations, comprising 95 government, state and city tourism bodies, 25 international airlines and airports, 108 hospitality organisations, 72 educational institutions, and hundreds of travel industry companies in Asia Pacific and beyond. Thousands of travel professionals belong to the 36 local PATA chapters worldwide. The chapters organise travel industry training and business development events. Their grassroots activism underpins PATA’s membership in Uniting Travel, a coalition of the world’s major Travel & Tourism organisations dedicated to ensuring that the sector speaks with one voice and acts in unison on the major issues and includes ACI, CLIA, IATA, ICAO, WEF, UNWTO and the WTTC. The PATAmPOWER platform delivers unrivalled data, forecasts and insights from the PATA Strategic Intelligence Centre to members’ desktops and mobile devices anywhere in the world. PATA’s Head Office has been in Bangkok since 1998. The Association also has official offices or representation in Beijing, Sydney and London. Visit www.PATA.org.
About Royal Brunei Airlines (RB)
RB currently operates a fleet of ten aircraft comprising, four B787-8 Dreamliners together with six A320 units. RB will have eight new aircraft joining the fleet in 2018, making its fleet one of the youngest in Asia Pacific and allow RB to further develop its network to Seoul, Beijing and other Asian Cities.
In 2013, RB was the launch airline in South East Asia for Boeing 787 Dreamliner and RB now has the distinction of operating the youngest long-haul fleet in the world. RB is also the first airline in the world to offer an exclusive Dreamliner service all the way from Melbourne to London via Brunei and Dubai, and return. From its hub at Brunei International Airport, RB serves a number of regional and international destinations in Australia, South East Asia, China, Middle East and the UK.
In 2014, RB received a distinction in the 2014 REBRAND 100® Global Awards which honour the most successful brand transformations worldwide. On November 9, 2015, RB was declared a winner of the Travel Media Innovative Campaign and Content of the Year Award at the inaugural and very prestigious International Travel Media Awards in the United Kingdom. RB was announced as the Top 10 Most Loved Airlines in 2016 and Top 100 Airlines 2016 and 2017 by Skytrax.