Royal Brunei names new CEO

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ROYAL Brunei Airlines (RB) yesterday announced the appointment of Karam Chand as its chief executive officer.

He will succeed Dermot Mannion, RB’s CEO in the last five years, the country’s flag carrier said in a statement.

Karam Chand, who served as RB’s chief commercial and planning officer since 2012, holds an MSc in Air Transport Management from Cranfield University and has over twenty years’ experience in the aviation industry.

“I am honoured and humbled by the appointment and for the trust and faith the board has placed in me,” Karam Chand said.

“We have tremendous opportunities ahead of us and with the strong legacy left by Dermot we are in a good position to fly the flag higher,” he added.

The Board of RB also expressed its gratitude to Mannion for his service, commending him for the successful restructuring and rebranding of RB in recent years.

In 2013, RB was the launch pad for the Boeing 787 Dreamliner in Southeast Asia. The flag carrier 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 vice versa.

From its hub at the Brunei International Airport, RB serves a number of regional and international destinations in Southeast Asia, Middle East, United Kingdom, Australia and China.

RB currently operates a fleet of ten aircraft comprising of four B787-8 Dreamliners and six A320 aircraft.

RB is waiting for another B787-8 Dreamliner and has a contract with Airbus for up to ten A320neo aircraft, with deliveries starting in 2017.

The Brunei Times