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Royal Brunei airline

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RBtraveller Sun 28-May-17 13:56:05

Hi, any reviews for Royal Brunei? Looking to go from London to Melbourne.

I know they don't serve alcohol on board but there's mixed info online about whether you're allowed to BYO. Not a deal breaker either way.


RBtraveller Sun 28-May-17 15:38:54

Hopeful bump.

PoochSmooch Sun 28-May-17 15:46:46

It wasn't that great in my experience. I went business class from London to Auckland, which was great value, but they operate more like a budget airline. we had a long delay at the airport in Brunei as they had a plane out with technical difficulties. The replacement plane they then flew us on was terrifyingly ancient- very rickety, and with those old fashioned central tv screens where they show one movie per flight.

I didn't care about the no alcohol ban, and didn't try to take my own so can't comment there. I wouldn't fly them again- customer service and fleet jist aren't up to it and when it's long haul, when it goes wrong, it's dreadful! I'd rather fork out for a flight with a more reputable airline, it's a false economy.

RBtraveller Sun 28-May-17 15:54:20

Eek! That's not promising...

imip Sun 28-May-17 15:56:54

Really liked them. Very considerate travelling with children. Flew from London to Melbourne with two stops and it was a great way to have 3 shorter flights rather than a really long and shorter flight.

Dd was very plane sick and they were really great with her and us. No more or less than other airlines. We do the London/Melbourne route a lot being Australians who live in London (15 years now).

RBtraveller Sun 28-May-17 16:05:14

{Waves to fellow Aussie}

One vote in either corner. Which seems to tally up with what I've read online too. Either fab or crap experiences.

We could go with Emirates but their fares are £600+ more between three people and we'd have to shuffle travel dates to get those prices, on our actual proposed dates it's hugely more expensive.

imip Sun 28-May-17 17:00:32

grin if you're travelling with dcs, I really rate the 3 leg journey. And the prices are better, it's what swayed us as we need to pay accommodation as our parents live 7 hours apart.

I did miss the wine. I do like a glass or two with meals when flying. If money is an issue, I would go the cheaper flight. Flying 24 hours is never fun!

RBtraveller Sun 28-May-17 18:38:22

We could afford it, but as you say, 24 hours on a flight is the same whether you're in a slightly upmarket plane or not! Yes, I am a bit tight

That money would either pay for DS's nursery fees while we are gone or our car hire while over there.

Will have a good chat with DH as he's a bit less able to deal with crap service than I, and see whether he wants to splash out.

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