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Royal Brunei Airlines – business vs economy

With a fleet including four Boeing 787 Dreamliners, Royal Brunei Airlines really know how to deliver comfort to passengers – travelling in both Economy and Business class. We flew out to Ras Al Khaimah in the United Arab Emirates, less than a seven hour flight from Heathrow. The onboard experience certainly made time fly by – and I usually get bored and restless a few hours into a flight.

Royal Brunei Flight Review

I was fortunate enough to travel in Business class and with Royal Brunei it means you are treated to a hybrid between Business and First class – so it is a great way to enjoy even better perks at a more affordable price tag. From the moment you ‘turn left’ the exceptional service ensues from the word go.

‘Miss Karabin can I get you a drink?’ to ‘Let me stow your bag for you,’ puts me at ease and made the flight an enjoyable one – not merely a necessary part of travelling abroad. Made to feel like a VIP, the canapés and three-course meal were a refreshing change from typical airline meals.

Royal Brunei Food

I had a variety of dishes to choose from. Starting off with the pear and cheese crostini and spicy prawn, I chose the beetroot infused salmon with potato salad for main course. A unique, but tasty fusion I wasn’t left disappointed. With dessert options including a tempting cheese board, I decided to opt for the pralines and cream ice cream which made the perfect finish.

Menu Clouds

Then came the flatbeds. The only way to fly long haul or on an evening flight, the flatbeds have to be one of the best airline inventions of our time. Sleeping horizontally with a plump pillow and warming duvet was quite the in-flight novelty and ensured I arrived feeling refreshed and ready for anything.

Business Class Royal Brunei

If you don’t feel like taking a nap, you can also sit back and stretch your legs out into the 79 inch seat pitch. Hit the massage button, and watch a movie while your seat pulsates to relieve any tension in your back. Now that is pretty cool! I was so taken with the onboard experience that I am even having a rethink on my honeymoon destination next year so that I can fly with Royal Brunei once again – it really was that memorable for me. But we must also save some legroom for Economy – and for that there is plenty.

As travellers we have all encountered that cramped up feeling on a flight and it really isn’t good for arriving at your destination in a positive mood. Having experienced Business class on the way out, I was really surprised by how comfortable I was in Economy with the 32 inch seat pitch.

Ecomony Royal Brunei Window

While there was no porcelain crockery or three-course meals available in Economy, the crew were so friendly and attentive and this carries a lot of weight when you have a seven-hour flight to endure. Talking of weight, the luggage allowance of 20 versus 30 kilos is still ample either way, and having a track record as an overzealous packer I was surprised that I was not a repeat offender!

With plenty packed for almost a week on the sun-drenched shores of Ras Al Khaimah – I wasn’t short on space in the case for souvenirs. Movie options are the same throughout the aircraft, so it was nice to enjoy one of the latest movies along with some refreshments and a light continental breakfast before touch down at Heathrow. Plus if you are often glued to your smartphone or electronic device, there are USB charging ports built into every seat – a very essential feature for the modern world.

Coined a boutique airline, it is easy to understand why. Flying on a Dreamliner is in every way the luxury experience I dreamt it would be and I look forward to flying with Royal Brunei Airlines in the future. To check where to fly this airline from just type into Google airports near me.

See for yourself why it’s so special…

Written by Lorraine Karabin.


    • Lorraine

      22 April, 2016 at 9:59 am

      Not bad at all Suze, I’m now of the view that it is the only way to travel. My mouth quite literally dropped when the food was served, it was so well presented that I didn’t want to eat it at first – but that lasted all of five seconds!

    • Lorraine

      22 April, 2016 at 7:26 am

      Thanks Rav, was really looking forward to flying Royal Brunei after hearing similar good reviews – the Dreamliner has spoilt me now!

  • Emma

    14 April, 2016 at 9:50 am

    I’ve never flown Royal Brunei but I’ve lots of good things about them – looks like they offer an excellent service in both business and economy!

    • Lorraine

      22 April, 2016 at 7:19 am

      They certainly do Emma! It was my first time flying with Royal Brunei and on a Dreamliner, and it surpassed my expectations. Nothing worse than feeling cramped on a plane is there? Definitely think it’s worth saving those extra pennies!


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