Fans of Royal Brunei Airlines will be disappointed to learn that the carrier’s planned return to Beijing this month has just been pushed back to early next year.

According to a statement by the airline, “operational processes are taking longer than anticipated”, and a revised launch date beyond “early 2018” has yet to be set.

The relaunch of Royal Brunei’s flights to Beijing mark its return to the Chinese capital after an absence of about two decades. Shanghai and Hong Kong are currently the airline’s only two Chinese destinations.

And though a new start date has not been announced, the airline has previously stated that the flights will operate twice a week, with a third being added “at the earliest opportunity”. The airline’s Airbus A320 aircraft will fly the route, meaning travellers have the choice of 12 business class seats – which come with 44 inches of pitch and 21 inches of width – and 132 economy class seats.

This time last year, the airline introduced upgrade bidding as part of its RB Upgrades platform, enabling economy class passengers to bid on upgrades to business class.