In 2011, when Dermot Mannion took over as acting CEO of Royal Brunei Airlines (RBA), the carrier was teetering on the brink of financial ruin. He was the fourth CEO in four years, the RBA route map was a web of prestige international destinations and tiny regional airports, and its workforce was bloated and inefficient. Without its indirect subsidy from the Sultanate of Brunei’s considerable oil wealth, RBA probably would have stopped flying. The carrier tapped Mannion, its deputy ...

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