Royal Brunei Airlines is extending its reach across the UK and Europe in partnership with British Airways.

The agreement sees the Asian carrier extend its network from 11 to 23 airports in the region.

BA, which first partnered with Royal Brunei in 2014, will offer domestic connections via Heathrow to UK regions such as Manchester, Glasgow and Leeds Bradford in addition to European cities such as Brussels, Rome and Nice.

The deal follows the introduction of the first Royal Brunei non-stop Heathrow-Brunei service last year.

Passengers will be able to check bags through to their final destination with all boarding passes issued at a single check-in point to eliminate hassle between transfers.

Business class passengers will have access to both airlines’  executive lounges.

Royal Brunei CEO Karam Chand said: “Europe, and particularly the UK, is a vital market for us.

“British Airways is a renowned airline and we’re delighted to partner with them to add 12 new destinations to our network, bringing more guests from across the region to Royal Brunei Airlines.

“With the youngest fleet of any airline worldwide, Royal Brunei’s guests can travel in comfort on B787 Dreamliner and A320neo aircraft to a broad range of destinations, such as Kota Kinabalu and Kuching in Borneo; Ho Chi Minh City in Vietnam; or the undiscovered treasures of Brunei.

“We’ve also recently added Brisbane to our network, with flights starting in June, just in time for the UK summer holidays.

“As more travellers look to expand their horizons with visits to Asia and Australia, we’re looking forward to introducing our service, generous entertainment options and competitive fares to new customers in Europe.”

UK and Ireland country manager Adiel Mambara added: “The launch of our non-stop flights from Heathrow to Brunei last year was a real game changer for Royal Brunei. We’ve seen more guests than ever taking advantage of our direct route to Asia Pacific and UK guests can now fly from London to Australia, with a minimum stopover time in Brunei.

“We’ve also seen an increasing number of guests take the time to enjoy an extended stopover in Brunei.”