Flights from Melbourne to London just got a whole lot faster with Royal Brunei

Posted: 24 May 2018 1:57 pm

The airline has cut out a stop and over five hours of travel time.

Flying to many places from Australia can often be a long-haul nightmare due to our isolated location. It takes 13+ hours just to get to Los Angeles, 20+ hours to New York and an average 24 hours to London.

There is some light at the tunnel for any fans of old London town, though, with the recent announcement of a new flight schedule from Royal Brunei.

Flights from Melbourne are about to get a whole lot faster with the airline offering a new one-stop service between Melbourne and London Heathrow via Brunei.

The new schedule starts from 28 October and will bring the round-trip travel time from Melbourne to London down by 5.3 hours.

Previously, you would have had to stop in both Brunei and Dubai before finally arriving in London.

A B787 Dreamliner will be used on the new flights and the service will depart Brunei at 0015 and arrive at 0650 local time, with return flights leaving London at 1705 and landing at 1440 the following day.

You can expect a total travel time of 23 hours 10 minutes there and 24 hours and 55 minutes on the way back thanks to a 4 hour 20-minute layover in Brunei.

Compared to other airlines, Royal Brunei is really just getting down to a similar flight time as Qantas, Emirates and Singapore Airlines, who all still offer a faster travel time.

Looking at initial pricing on Skyscanner, though, you can expect a $600 saving over the faster full-service airlines as we found flights starting from $979 with Royal Brunei’s new route.

The new flights also mean Royal Brunei will cease its Dubai-London service but the airline says it will continue its Brunei to Dubai route, which flies four times weekly, from October 29.

Passengers have future schedule changes to look forward to now that this change opens the way to better connections within the airline’s long-haul network. Some of these new times are already awaiting approval.

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