Royal Brunei Airlines (RB) relaunched its Bandar Seri Begawan-Taipei route Dec. 3 after a nearly 15-year hiatus in a codeshare agreement with China Airlines (CAL).

The 3X-weekly flight is served by RB’s new Airbus A320neo aircraft, the seventh of which was delivered in November.

“Taipei is projected to be a key tourism and trade market for Brunei as well as a major contributor to RB’s network,” RB CEO Karam Chand said. “With this new route, we have strengthened our regional network and enable increased connectivity options for our guests through the marketing of our single and dual destinations packages in all the cities we serve.”

The national flag carrier will add Kuching, Malaysia, as a new destination beginning Dec. 28, Chand said.

RB began flying to Taipei in 1986 but the service was halted in 2003 because of a severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) outbreak that plagued numerous Asian cities and forced a series of route suspensions.

Chen Chuanren, chuanren@purplelightvisuals.com