Brunei's direct flights to Beijing postponed

Direct flights connecting Bandar Seri Begawan and Beijing will be postponed to early next year due to "complexity of international routes," a senior official of Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) said on Wednesday.

"We are still working on it. But because of the unexpected complexity of international routes, our direct flights to Beijing will be postponed to early next year," RB CEO Karam Chand told Xinhua at Brunei International Airport.

"Hopefully, we will make it happen before the Chinese new year," he added.

RB, the sultanate's national airline, said in September that it would resume the direct flights connecting capitals of Brunei and China in December.

According to a statement from RB at that time, the long-waited expansion of service into Beijing will begin twice a week, using the Airbus A320ceo model, and move to thrice a week at the earliest opportunity.

RB first commenced scheduled services to China with flights to Beijing in 1993, followed by Shanghai in 2002. Ever since, it has been operating flights between the two countries to develop Brunei's tourism.

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