Review of Royal Brunei Airlines flight Sydney Bandar Seri Begawan in Economy

Flight BI194
Class Economy
Seat --
Flight time 08:05
Take-off 03 Dec 03, 07:30
Arrival at 03 Dec 03, 12:35
BI 11 reviews
koresh
By 932
Published on 1st July 2020

Summary

Trip Report: Sydney to Bandar Seri Begawan on Royal BRunEI Airlines


This trip report is of flight in 2004, travelling from Sydney to Bandar Seri Begawan on Royal  Brunei Airlines. I have covered multiple destination as I travelled to Singapore, Thailand, India and back.

Itinerary :
Sydney - Bandar Seri Begawan: Royal Brunei Airlines
Bandar Seri Begawan - Singapore:  Royal Brunei Airlines
Singapore - Bangkok: Thai Airways
Bangkok - Mumbai : Thai Airways
Mumbai-Bangkok: Thai Airways
Bangkok- Singapore : Thai Airways
Singapore- Bandar Seri Begawan: Royal Brunei Airlines
Bandar Seri Begawan  - Sydney: Royal Brunei Airlines

I had booked the ticket through travel agent. As Royal Brunei was offering good price. As I was interested to see multiple countries for the first time. I booked the flight. Before the flight I had researched about Brunei airport and visa requirements.

As I was able to get visa on arrival on paying Singapore or Brunei $2. I exchanged some cash in smaller denominations for the visa.


Flight Details


Airlines: Royal Brunei Airlines
Flight : BI 194 SYD-BWN
Reg : V8-RBG
Aircraft: Boeing 767-33A/ER
Dep - SYD: 7:30 am AEDST
Arr - BWN:  12:35 pm
Flight time : 07 hrs 00 minutes


Check-IN


Royal Brunei flight departed early in the morning.

I was dropped at the airport by a friend.

Check-in counter queue was short, passport and ticket was checked. No questions asked got boarding card and immigration form.
I was asked If I would be heading out at Brunei,  I said yes.

Being early for the flight, met a workmate of mine who was also travelling on same flight to Hong Kong.  I took a snap of my workmate.

As you may have noticed from photos quality, camera used was Ricoh automatic film camera.


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Never thought I would be writing a trip report. below is the aircraft: Boeing 767-300ER


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Immigration and security


Sydney immigration had two sections in those days: one for Qantas and oneworld partners and other for star alliance and others.

Security check was conducted as normal, there was no LAG restrictions in those days.


Boarding


Boarding call started on time, boarding pass and passport was checked. In those days, everything was casual unlike what we experience today.

Crew was at door welcoming passengers, Interior of aircraft was showing age. Seats were worn and faded.


Pushback and Taxi


Upon boarding, noticed flight was full. I had window seat. pushback commenced shortly after doors were closed. Window view below of Air Canada Airbus A340-300 from Vancouver.


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Emirates used to operate the Airbus A340-500 to Dubai and Auckland.


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Taxi to runway 16R


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Departure


Departure was towards the South.


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Southern Sydney Suburbs.


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Attaining cruising speed and altitude.


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Window View


It was a going to a wet day in Sydney. Flying over the cloud.


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inflight SERVICE


As I never intended to write a report, I did not take any photo of food or cabin. On achieving cruising level, service started with drinks.

I chose the orange juice. Brunei being a islamic country, no alcohol was served on the flight. The was a drop down display with direction towards Mecca and distance.

Crew on this flight were friendly and served customers well. 

After drinks, cabin service commenced, option was chicken or fish. I chose the chicken.


Entertainment



There wasn't much in form of inflight entertainment other than looking out the window. After breakfast rested. Occasionally peeping out of the window. Flight path for this flight was towards North West Queensland and then towards Northern Territory, flying close to Darwin. Below view of leaving Northern Territory.


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Last of Australian mainland  below  as flight is over the Timor sea.


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Cabin Service


Cabin service began about 2 hours before landing, with snacks and drinks.  During flight, water was served to customers.


Arrival


Time passed off and it was landing time. Crew did their routine checks and landing was on runway 03. After arriving deplaned through aerobridge.


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immigration, Custom and Exiting the Airport


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BWN was a quiet and relaxed airport.  BWN has a small transit hotel in the airport to rest.

As I was transitting through Brunei and the next flight to SIN was in the evening at 7.45pm. It was midday and nothing else to do at the airport.

Me and few other passengers headed towards the immigration.

The on arrival visa counter wasn't open and passengers who didn't have SIN or B


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City Trip


Bus service in BWN is irregular but for B$1 to city, who will complain. In comparison, taxi is expensive for $15 to city.  I wasnt carrying much Brunei dollars as I was not planning of shopping.

People usually share a cab, but I was in no rush and there is nothing much to see in the city. It was mid-day and the sun was hot, while waiting for the bus, it started to rain heavy for few minutes and sun came back.

On reaching bus drop off point, met few of my fellow traveller. Checked where the return bus to airport would be departing from.

I entered the shopping centre and ended up shopping as the price seemed good.

Interesting note of this trip, people watching Bollywood movie in food court of the shopping centre.The movie had Bahasa Indonesia subtitles.

I appreciate the staff for helping me with the bag else my city visit would have been impossible. I don't get to feel the relaxed atmosphere living in a major city and thoroughly enjoyed the feeling.


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Trip Report: BRunei to On Singapore Royal BRunei Airlines


On return from City took public bus along with other passengers, I had met on the trip.
I thanked the staff and collected my bag from the counter.
After completing check-in passed security and waited for boarding to commence.

Aircraft to Singapore was a Airbus A320 with new interiors. As it was dark and having a film camera. I did not document the flight.


Trip Report: Singapore to Bangkok AND MUMBAI On thai Airways


After spending 2 days in Singapore, it was time to head to India. Had booked flight on Thai Airways as I was planning of visiting Thailand on return journey. It would be first time visit to Thailand.

I got my first digital camera Sony DSC-P73 with 4.1 megapixels in Singapore.

Flight details:

Airlines: Thai Airways
Flight :TG 404 SIN-BKK
Reg : HS-TJD "Mukdahan"
Aircraft: Boeing 777-2D7
Dep - SIN :12:25 pm
Arr - BKK : 13:45 pm
Flight time : 2 hours, 20 minutes
Distance: 885 miles (1425 km)

At the airport, I met my friend who was going to Delhi. I checked my bags at the check-in and received boarding pass. My visa to India was checked. As I there was no online check-in, I request the check-in staff for window seat.


Inflight and Cabin Service


I wasn't planning of writing a trip report hence I took just 1 picture of the interior with flight path. Lunch was served on the flight.


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Window View flying over coast of Thailand.


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Closer to Bangkok.


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Flight was to arrive at Don Mueang International Airport as Suvarnabhumi Airport was under construction to open in 2006.


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Arrival in Bangkok


Time passed quickly for this short flight.Crew conducted routine check before arrival.


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Touch down at BKK.


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As I had recently bought a camera, I had limited memory about 4MB card. I didn't make a video in 480px instead clicked photos as we taxied.


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international flights


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Exited runway, to watch martin cargo depart


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Phuket Air arriving in DMK


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Thai Airways Boeing 747-400


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Heading towards gate.


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Taxing Singapore Airlines to Singapore .


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Thai Airways A300


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Phuket Air Boeing 757-200


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Lufthansa Airbus A340-600


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Phuket Air Boeing 747-300


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Mid-day Traffic  at DMK.


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Turkmenistan Boeing 757


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Disembarkation


Arrival area at Bangkok DMK. As I was transitting with 6hrs before next flight to Mumbai. I took photos of action around.


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Baggage claim information


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Apologies for the blurry picture as I clicked while walking.


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Immigration area at DMK.


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Travellers filling the visa on arrival form.


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PlaneSpotting


Indian Airlines to Chennai and Kolkata


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While waiting for flight, saw the Thai Airways Airbus A330 in Royal Barge livery.


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Waiting area for flight.


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Flight to Mumbai  was TG317 BKK-BOM. I had received my boarding pass in Singapore for this flight. I waited in the transit area for boarding call. flight departed on time. I didn't take pictures  except the shot below as it turned dark after departure. Aircraft was Boeing 777-200ER. Meal was served after departure and light were turned off.


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Flight arrived in Mumbai on time. Immigration queues were long in those days. Baggage took time to arrive and Custom was quick as I walked out through the Green channel.


Trip Report: Mumbai to Bangkok AND Singapore On thai Airways


Return trip from Mumbai was on TG318 BOM - BKK was in Jan 2005. Flight departed around Mid-night to arrive early in the morning in Bangkok. I didn't document this flight being late night. After arriving in Bangkok, I went to immigration and received visa on arrival, didn't have to fill any form.

After couple of days in Bangkok, it was time to head to Singapore. Below trip report details the Bangkok- Singapore flight.

Flight Details:
Airlines: Thai Airways
Flight :TG 409 BKK-SIN
Reg : HS-TJG "Pattani"
Aircraft: Boeing 777-2D7
Dep - DMK :16:20
Arr - SIN : 19:35
Flight time : 2 hours, 15 minutes
Distance: 885 miles (1425 km)


Check-in


Arrived at Don Mueang International Airport by taxi and headed for check-in. Checked the bag till Singapore as I would be staying in Singapore for few days.


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In those days had to pay airport tax in Thailand and there were machine to make payment. paid the airport tax.


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Visit Thailand sculpture.


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Flight Schedule at DMK.


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After completing check-in headed upstairs for some food.


Plane Spotting


Royal Jordanian Airbus A340-300


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Tiger Airways


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Royal Nepal Boeing 757-200 and Aeroflot Ilyushin Il-96


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Boarding and Departure


Boarding commenced on time for the flight. I had got window seat. Flight departed on time.


Inflight Service


As flight time was short, received snack on this flight.


Arrival in Singapore


Soon it was descend time and crew conducted pre-arrival checks.


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Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400


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Flight arrived at Terminal 2.


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After arrival, passed immigration and headed to hotel.


Trip Report: Singapore to Bandar Seri Begawan And Sydney on Royal BRunEI Airlines


After few days travelling in Singapore and Malaysia, it was time to return back to Sydney.

Flight details:

Airlines: Royal Brunei Airlines
Flight : BI422 SIN-BWN
Aircraft: Airbus A320-232
Dep - Syd: 15:15 pm
Arr - Bwn : 17:35 pm
Flight time : 01 hrs 45 minutes

Flight to BWN was in the afternoon connecting to the Sydney flight with 4.5hr transit.Flight was departing from Terminal 2. Arrived at the airport on time and checked my bag till Sydney.

After passing immigration, had some meal before heading to the gate area.


PlaneSpotting


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Singapore Terminal 3 was under construction


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Royal Brunei Airbus A320 at gate after arriving from Bandar Seri Begawan


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V8-RBT to operate flight BI422 SIN-BWN


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Boarding


Passengers flying to Brunei were mostly connecting to Australia or Philippines. Boarding was called on time and flight departed on schedule.

Crew on this flight were friendly. they provided good service to customers. Snacks were provided on the flight.


Arrival


View of Brunei country side while descending.


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Arriving in Brunei


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Transit in Brunei


After landing, disembarked through the aerobridge and waited in the transit area for next flight to Sydney.


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Transit area was small with few shops for souvenirs.


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Flight details:

Airlines: Royal Brunei Airlines
Flight : BI 193 BWN- SYD
Aircraft: Boeing 767-33A/ER
Dep - Bwn: 11:30 pm
Arr - Syd : 6:35 pm
Flight time : 06 hrs 55 minutes


Transit time passed seated or browsing the shop. i ended up spending my last few Singapore Dollars on gifts. Boarding was called soon for the flight. After passing security check, waited for boarding calls.


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Departure


Flight departed BWN at 11.30pm. it was dark outside. I did not document the food and cabin being tired. I could not note the flight registration as the aircraft could not be viewed from the gate. On Arrival too the aircraft view was obstructed.


Inflight


Sydney flight was operated with Boeing 767-300ER with upgraded interiors. Each seat had IFE. After departure, meal was served and cabin lights were switched off.


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Flight Path


flight path for this flight was over Northern Territory and then Queensland before arriving in Sydney on Runway 16R.


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Cabin Service


Breakfast was served in the morning. Flight information before arrival.


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Arrival in sydney


Flight arrived on time. Immigration and quarantine queues were short as BI was one of the first arrival before morning peak in Sydney.

Got my bag and was out soon.

I hope you enjoyed the report.

Thanks for reading.

:)


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City Trip


Bus service in BWN is irregular but for B$1 to city, who will complain. In comparison, taxi is expensive for $15 to city.  I wasnt carrying much Brunei dollars as I was not planning of shopping.

People usually share a cab, but I was in no rush and there is nothing much to see in the city. It was mid-day and the sun was hot, while waiting for the bus, it started to rain heavy for few minutes and sun came back.

On reaching bus drop off point, met few of my fellow traveller. Checked where the return bus to airport would be departing from.

I entered the shopping centre and ended up shopping as the price seemed good.

Interesting note of this trip, people watching Bollywood movie in food court of the shopping centre.The movie had Bahasa Indonesia subtitles.

I appreciate the staff for helping me with the bag else my city visit would have been impossible. I don't get to feel the relaxed atmosphere living in a major city and thoroughly enjoyed the feeling.


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Trip Report: BRunei to On Singapore Royal BRunei Airlines


On return from City took public bus along with other passengers, I had met on the trip.
I thanked the staff and collected my bag from the counter.
After completing check-in passed security and waited for boarding to commence.

Aircraft to Singapore was a Airbus A320 with new interiors. As it was dark and having a film camera. I did not document the flight.


Trip Report: Singapore to Bangkok AND MUMBAI On thai Airways


After spending 2 days in Singapore, it was time to head to India. Had booked flight on Thai Airways as I was planning of visiting Thailand on return journey. It would be first time visit to Thailand.

I got my first digital camera Sony DSC-P73 with 4.1 megapixels in Singapore.

Flight details:

Airlines: Thai Airways
Flight :TG 404 SIN-BKK
Reg : HS-TJD "Mukdahan"
Aircraft: Boeing 777-2D7
Dep - SIN :12:25 pm
Arr - BKK : 13:45 pm
Flight time : 2 hours, 20 minutes
Distance: 885 miles (1425 km)

At the airport, I met my friend who was going to Delhi. I checked my bags at the check-in and received boarding pass. My visa to India was checked. As I there was no online check-in, I request the check-in staff for window seat.


Inflight and Cabin Service


I wasn't planning of writing a trip report hence I took just 1 picture of the interior with flight path. Lunch was served on the flight.


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Window View flying over coast of Thailand.


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Closer to Bangkok.


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Flight was to arrive at Don Mueang International Airport as Suvarnabhumi Airport was under construction to open in 2006.


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Arrival in Bangkok


Time passed quickly for this short flight.Crew conducted routine check before arrival.


Enter text here…


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Touchdown at BKK.


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Enter text here…


As I had recently bought a camera, I had limited memory about 4MB card. I didn't make a video in 480px instead clicked photos as we taxied.


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international flights


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Exited runway, to watch martin cargo depart


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Phuket Air arriving in DMK


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Thai Airways Boeing 747-400


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Heading towards gate.


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Taxing Singapore Airlines to Singapore .


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Thai Airways A300


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Phuket Air Boeing 757-200


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Lufthansa Airbus A340-600


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Phuket Air Boeing 747-300


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Mid-day Traffic  at DMK.


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Turkmenistan Boeing 757


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Disembarkation


Arrival area at Bangkok DMK. As I was transitting with 6hrs before next flight to Mumbai. I took photos of action around.


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Baggage claim information


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Apologies for the blurry picture as I clicked while walking.


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Immigration area at DMK.


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Travellers filling the visa on arrival form.


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PlaneSpotting


Indian Airlines to Madras and Calcutta


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While waiting for flight, saw the Thai Airways Airbus A330 in Royal Barge livery.


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Waiting area for flight.


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Flight to Mumbai  was TG317 BKK-BOM. I had received my boarding pass in Singapore for this flight. I waited in the transit area for boarding call. flight departed on time. I didn't take pictures  except the shot below as it turned dark after departure. Aircraft was Boeing 777-200ER. Meal was served after departure and light were turned off.


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Flight arrived in Mumbai on time. Immigration queues were long in those days. Baggage took time to arrive and Custom was quick as I walked out through the Green channel.


Trip Report: Mumbai to Bangkok AND Singapore On thai Airways


Return trip from Mumbai was on TG318 BOM - BKK was in Jan 2005. Flight departed around Mid-night to arrive early in the morning in Bangkok. I didn't document this flight being late night. After arriving in Bangkok, I went to immigration and received visa on arrival, didn't have to fill any form.

After couple of days in Bangkok, it was time to head to Singapore. Below trip report details the Bangkok- Singapore flight.

Flight Details:
Airlines: Thai Airways
Flight :TG 409 BKK-SIN
Reg : HS-TJG "Pattani"
Aircraft: Boeing 777-2D7
Dep - DMK :16:20
Arr - SIN : 19:35
Flight time : 2 hours, 15 minutes
Distance: 885 miles (1425 km)


Check-in


Arrived at Don Mueang International Airport by taxi and headed for check-in. Checked the bag till Singapore as I would be staying in Singapore for few days.


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In those days had to pay airport tax in Thailand and there were machine to make payment. paid the airport tax.


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Visit Thailand sculpture.


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Flight Schedule at DMK.


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After completing check-in headed upstairs for some food.


Plane Spotting


Royal Jordanian Airbus A340-300


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Tiger Airways


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Royal Nepal Boeing 757-200 and Aeroflot Ilyushin Il-96


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Boarding and Departure


Boarding commenced on time for the flight. I had got window seat. Flight departed on time.


Inflight Service


As flight time was short, received snack on this flight.


Arrival in Singapore


Soon it was descend time and crew conducted pre-arrival checks.


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Singapore Airlines Boeing 747-400


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Flight arrived at Terminal 2.


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After arrival, passed immigration and headed to hotel.


Trip Report: Singapore to Bandar Seri Begawan And Sydney on Royal BRunEI Airlines


After few days travelling in Singapore and Malaysia, it was time to return back to Sydney.

Flight details:

Airlines: Royal Brunei Airlines
Flight : BI422 SIN-BWN
Aircraft: Airbus A320-232
Dep - Syd: 15:15 pm
Arr - Bwn : 17:35 pm
Flight time : 01 hrs 45 minutes

Flight to BWN was in the afternoon connecting to the Sydney flight with 4.5hr transit.Flight was departing from Terminal 2. Arrived at the airport on time and checked my bag till Sydney.

After passing immigration, had some meal before heading to the gate area.


PlaneSpotting


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Singapore Terminal 3 was under construction


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Royal Brunei Airbus A320 at gate after arriving from Bandar Seri Begawan


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V8-RBT to operate flight BI422 SIN-BWN


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Boarding


Passengers flying to Brunei were mostly connecting to Australia or Philippines. Boarding was called on time and flight departed on schedule.

Crew on this flight were friendly. they provided good service to customers. Snacks were provided on the flight.


Arrival


View of Brunei country side while descending.


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Arriving in Brunei


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Transit in Brunei


After landing, disembarked through the aerobridge and waited in the transit area for next flight to Sydney.


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Transit area was small with few shops for souvenirs.


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Flight details:

Airlines: Royal Brunei Airlines
Flight : BI 193 BWN- SYD
Aircraft: Boeing 767-33A/ER
Dep - Bwn: 11:30 pm
Arr - Syd : 6:35 pm
Flight time : 06 hrs 55 minutes


Transit time passed seated or browsing the shop. i ended up spending my last few Singapore Dollars on gifts. Boarding was called soon for the flight. After passing security check, waited for boarding calls.


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Departure


Flight departed BWN at 11.30pm. it was dark outside. I did not document the food and cabin being tired. I could not note the flight registration as the aircraft could not be viewed from the gate. On Arrival too the aircraft view was obstructed.


Inflight


Sydney flight was operated with Boeing 767-300ER with upgraded interiors. Each seat had IFE. After departure, meal was served and cabin lights were switched off.


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Flight Path


flight path for this flight was over Northern Territory and then Queensland before arriving in Sydney on Runway 16R.


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Cabin Service


Breakfast was served in the morning. Flight information before arrival.


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Arrival in sydney


Flight arrived on time. Immigration and quarantine queues were short as BI was one of the first arrival before morning peak in Sydney.

Got my bag and was out soon.

I hope you enjoyed the report.

Thanks for reading.

:)


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Verdict

Royal Brunei Airlines

6.4/10
Cabin6.0
Cabin crew7.5
Entertainment/wifi5.0
Meal/catering7.0

Sydney - SYD

7.0/10
Efficiency7.0
Access7.0
Services7.0
Cleanliness7.0

Bandar Seri Begawan - BWN

6.9/10
Efficiency7.0
Access6.5
Services8.0
Cleanliness6.0

Conclusion

I liked the courtesy provided by RBA.I don't get to feel the relaxed atmosphere living in a major city.Want to fly RBA and visit BWN again. Had a good trip and experience.

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