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Old October 22nd, 2013, 10:45 PM   #1821
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Malindo to connect Kuala Lumpur to Chittagong?

"We did not expect our flights to Dhaka to be so popular. That was a pleasant surprise, and we are now looking at adding Chittagong on our route map,” [CEO of Malindo Chandran Rama Muthy] says.

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http://www.thestar.com.my/Business/B...18-months.aspx
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 07:05 PM   #1822
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Malindo to connect Kuala Lumpur to Chittagong?

"We did not expect our flights to Dhaka to be so popular. That was a pleasant surprise, and we are now looking at adding Chittagong on our route map,” [CEO of Malindo Chandran Rama Muthy] says.

Rest of the article can be found here:

http://www.thestar.com.my/Business/B...18-months.aspx
I'd have expected that the DAC-KUL sector/market would be saturated by now i.e., supply is more than demand. Must be heck of a market.
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Old October 23rd, 2013, 09:53 PM   #1823
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Auto-refuelling starts at Ctg airport / [Sylhet by March 2014]
Published : Thursday, 24 October 2013


Our Correspondent

CHITTAGONG, October 23: Auto-refueling facility for large aircraft has been launched at the Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport today through introduction of hydrant system.

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister Faruk Khan formally inaugurated the long-awaited hydrant system with a view to elevating the airport to the international level.

The minister said the airport currently has two boarding bridges for auto-refueling, and two more bridges will be built soon to provide better service to the international airlines.

"Flights from the Shah Amanat International Airport to international destinations will gradually increase. Image of the airport will also increase, as major airlines will start using it," he added.

Senior officials of the state-owned Padma Oil Company, the implementing agency of the aviation refueling facility, said introduction of the hydrant system is a giant leap for the airport. Auto-refueling facility has undoubtedly taken it to the level of other international airports across the world.

Construction of the aviation facility started in mid-June this year at a cost of Tk 130 million, funded by the Padma Oil. The company is solely responsible for supplying jet fuel to aircrafts at airports throughout the country.

Padma Oil deputy general manager (aviation) Enayet Kabir Chowdhury said the project was undertaken to respond to the increased demand from airlines.

It is their second auto-refueling station after Dhaka Airport. The third station is being constructed at Sylhet International Airport, and is expected to be opened by March 2014.

"The pressure of this hydrant refueling pipeline is so high that it will reduce the refueling time of a large aircraft to one-third of the previous time."

The traditional refueling system will also be in operation side by side with the new system for facilitating the local small aircrafts.

Following introduction of the auto-refueling system many international airlines will start using the airport, which will enhance the government's revenue collection, he added.

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Old October 24th, 2013, 06:57 PM   #1824
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Iswardi is ready:

ISwardi airport to re-open
Ashik Hossain, bdnews24.com
Published: 2013-10-24 20:51:12.0 BdST

The Civil Aviation Authority (CAAB) is
all set to reopen the renovated
Iswardi Airport that lay shut for 17
years.
CAAB Superintendent Engineer
Shahidul Afroz told bdnews24.com
that operations would begin from the
first week of November.
“We have done the necessary
renovation for domestic flights to
operate. We hope to open it from the
first week of next month.”
Primarily, private carrier United
Airways will have flights from the
airport immediately on its reopening.
“We have talked to the United
management. We have asked them
to get ready.”
The private airline’s Assistant General
Manager (Marketing) Kamrul Islam
said, “CAAB told us to schedule flights
from Oct 30. But we have told them it
won’t be possible until Nov 2.”
“We are making preparations for the
flights. We have plans to operate
three flights on the Dhaka-Iswardi
route once a week. We are going to
use Dash-8 aircraft, having a capacity
to carry 37 passengers.”
Kamrul said only small aircraft could
use the airport.
CAAB’s Shahidul said the runway,
apron and the terminal building had
been renovated.
Navigation and communication
equipment have also been set up at
the control tower.
The Iswardi Airport was founded in
1960 on 412 acres of land. It was
damaged during the 1971 Liberation
War. Bangladesh Biman used it until
1996. Since then no flights has taken
off from the airport.
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Old October 24th, 2013, 07:14 PM   #1825
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Iswardi is ready:

.... We have plans to operate
three flights on the Dhaka-Iswardi
route once a week. .....
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Old October 24th, 2013, 07:26 PM   #1826
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Three flights once a week??
Probably one flight a day for 3 days/week.
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Old October 24th, 2013, 08:10 PM   #1827
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Work on 3 fuel storage tanks at Shahjalal airport stuttering

Shariful Islam

The construction firm appointed by Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) to build three fuel storage tanks at Shahjalal International Airport is yet to complete half of the project despite the deadline being just a couple of months away.

The government took up the project worth Tk 10.86 crore in July 2011 to enhance the main airport’s fuel storage capacity to international standards. It was scheduled for completion in December 2012, but seeing the slow progress, the deadline was extended to December this year. As things stand, that too looks unlikely to be met.

The construction firm—a joint venture between S&H and Next Generation Graphics Limited (NGGL)—has so far completed less than 50 percent of the work, according to Abu Bakar Chowdhury, the project’s supervisor.
Until July 15, the firm had finished only 15 percent of the work, which prompted the BPC to force it to design a definitive work plan. The project was supposed to be complete by August 31 under the plan, but the firm managed only 18-19 percent of the work in that timeframe, Chowdhury said.

The delay in implementation compelled the BPC to consider serving notice on the construction firm, but it ultimately decided not to as the firm sped up its work.

BPC Chairman Eunusur Rahman said: “I wonder how such a company got the job.” Rahman was not in office when the firm was awarded the contract.

Kayum Khan Razu, assistant manager of administration at NGGL, however, asserted that 50 percent of the work has already been done and the remaining 50 percent would be concluded before the December deadline expires.

All equipment have already been imported and are waiting to be released from the Chittagong port, he said.

Asked why their pace of work was slow, he blamed it on the monsoon as “the majority of the work involved piling and it took time to check whether the piling had the capacity to take the load”.

Shahjalal International Airport has just one storage tank of a capacity of 2,700 tonnes, deemed to be insufficient for an airport of its stature. A prolonged strike by river transport workers or countrywide shutdown leaves the airport in danger of running out of fuel.

“With the political situation getting worse, we always remain in apprehension that any non-stop strike or blockade might hamper the fuel supply, and thus obstruct the operation of aircraft,” said an official of Padma Oil, the aviation fuel supplier.

“All airlines operating from Dhaka more or less refill their aircraft here. If the reserves of aviation fuel are not sufficient, the airlines may be exposed to hazards,” the country manager of a foreign carrier said, preferring not to be named.

Under the project, three fuel storage tanks, each having 2,500 tonnes of fuel storage capacity, will be constructed.

http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/ne...rt-stuttering/

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Ironic, the other report was all enthusiastic about CGP and ZYL fuel facilities, guess DAC is not keeping up.
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Old October 24th, 2013, 10:22 PM   #1828
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Auto-refuelling starts at Ctg airport / [Sylhet by March 2014]
Published : Thursday, 24 October 2013

It is their second auto-refueling station after Dhaka Airport. The third station is being constructed at Sylhet International Airport, and is expected to be opened by March 2014.

March 2014 + 12-18 months.
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Old October 26th, 2013, 10:07 AM   #1829
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১৭ বছর পর ফের চালু হচ্ছে ঈশ্বরদী বিমানবন্দর

মনজুরুল ইসলাম | তারিখ: ২৪-১০-২০১৩
দীর্ঘ ১৭ বছর বন্ধ রাখার পর আবার চালু হচ্ছে ঈশ্বরদী বিমানবন্দর। বাণিজ্যিক ব্যবহারের জন্য ৩০ অক্টোবর বিমানবন্দরটি আনুষ্ঠানিকভাবে খুলে দেবে বেসামরিক বিমান চলাচল কর্তৃপক্ষ (বেবিচক)। বেসরকারি প্রতিষ্ঠান ইউনাইটেড এয়ারওয়েজ প্রাথমিকভাবে ঢাকা-ঈশ্বরদী রুটে ফ্লাইট পরিচালনা করবে। এ বিষয়ে গতকাল ইউনাইটেডকে চিঠিও দেয়া হয়েছে বলে বেবিচক সূত্রে জানা গেছে।
আগামী ৩০ অক্টোবর বেসামরিক বিমান পরিবহন ও পর্যটনমন্ত্রী মুহাম্মদ ফারুক খান বিমানবন্দরটি আনুষ্ঠানিকভাবে উদ্বোধন করবেন।
চিঠি পাওয়ার বিষয়টি নিশ্চিত করে ইউনাইটেড এয়ারওয়েজের বিপণন ও জনসংযোগ বিভাগের সহকারী মহাব্যবস্থাপক মো. কামরুল ইসলাম বণিক বার্তাকে বলেন, বন্ধ থাকা দেশের সব বিমানবন্দরে পর্যায়ক্রমে ফ্লাইট শুরু করার পরিকল্পনা রয়েছে ইউনাইটেডের। ৩০ অক্টোবর ঢাকা-ঈশ্বরদী রুটে ফ্লাইট চালু করার নির্দেশনা এসেছে বেবিচক থেকে। আশা করা যাচ্ছে, ওই সময়ের মধ্যে ফ্লাইট শুরু করা সম্ভব হবে। ঈশ্বরদী বিমানবন্দরে যে রানওয়ে রয়েছে, সেটি এটিআর-৭২ বা ড্যাশ-৮ উড়োজাহাজ ওঠানামার উপযোগী। এ কারণে প্রাথমিকভাবে ড্যাশ-৮ উড়োজাহাজ দিয়েই এ রুটে ফ্লাইট চালুর পরিকল্পনা নেয়া হয়েছে।
জানা গেছে, দেশের অভ্যন্তরীণ গন্তব্যগুলোয় আকাশপথে যোগাযোগ বাড়ানোর পরিকল্পনার অংশ হিসেবে পরিত্যক্ত ঈশ্বরদী বিমানবন্দর......
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Old October 26th, 2013, 03:45 PM   #1830
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Work on 3 fuel storage tanks at Shahjalal airport stuttering

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The construction firm appointed by Bangladesh Petroleum Corporation (BPC) to build three fuel storage tanks at Shahjalal International Airport is yet to complete half of the project despite the deadline being just a couple of months away.

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http://www.thedailystar.net/beta2/ne...rt-stuttering/

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Ironic, the other report was all enthusiastic about CGP and ZYL fuel facilities, guess DAC is not keeping up.
Two different issues, I believe. DAC already has a hydrant based fuel delivery system. This project, which is behind schedule, is about expansion of fuel storage (tanks).
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Old October 28th, 2013, 12:10 AM   #1831
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Two different issues, I believe. DAC already has a hydrant based fuel delivery system. This project, which is behind schedule, is about expansion of fuel storage (tanks).
Yep. different issues as well as different stage of development, DAC is expanding capacity, CGP's work is to enable faster delivery of fuel, and ZYL is yet to get the re-fuelling facility. So one can hardly say DAC is falling behind.
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Old October 28th, 2013, 01:34 PM   #1832
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Regent Airways to Start Dhaka – Kolkata Service from mid-November 2013
by JL
Update at 0500GMT 28OCT13

Bangladeshi carrier Regent Airways from 18NOV13 is introducing Dhaka – Kolkata service, its 3rd International route. The airline is offering daily operation on board Boeing 737-700 aircraft on this route.

RX791 DAC0845 – 0900CCU 73G D
RX792 CCU0940 – 1055DAC 73G D

http://airlineroute.net/2013/10/28/rx-ccu-w13/
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Malaysia Airlines upping frequency to 18 weekly on KUL-DAC route from Feb 2014

Kuala Lumpur – Dhaka eff 02FEB14 Service increases from 14 to 18 weekly
MH102 KUL0940 – 1130DAC 772 D
MH112 KUL1820 – 2020DAC 738 x246
MH196 KUL2050 – 2240DAC 772 D

MH103 DAC1240 – 1830KUL 772 D
MH113 DAC2125 – 0325+1KUL 738 x246
MH197 DAC2340 – 0530+1KUL 772 D

http://airlineroute.net/2013/10/28/mh-asia-feb14/
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অভ্যন্তরীণ রুটে উড়োজাহাজ ইজারা
তিন দফা দরপত্রেও সাড়া পায়নি বিমান

তারিখ: ২৮-১০-২০১৩
অভ্যন্তরীণ পাঁচটি রুটে আগামী মাসের মধ্যে আবারো ফ্লাইট চালুর ঘোষণা দিয়েছে রাষ্ট্রায়ত্ত উড়োজাহাজ পরিবহন সংস্থা বিমান বাংলাদেশ এয়ারলাইনস। এজন্য কম জ্বালানি খরচের ছোট আকারের দুটি উড়োজাহাজ সংগ্রহ করার প্রক্রিয়াও শুরু করে প্রতিষ্ঠানটি। তবে তিন দফা দরপত্র তথা রিকোয়েস্ট ফর প্রপোজাল (আরএফপি) আহ্বান করেও প্রত্যাশা অনুযায়ী সাড়া পাওয়া যায়নি। ফলে আরএফপি ছাড়াই সরাসরি উড়োজাহাজ ইজারা নেয়ার প্রক্রিয়া শুরু করেছে বিমান কর্তৃপক্ষ।
গত মার্চে বিমান কর্তৃপক্ষ বন্ধ থাকা অভ্যন্তরীণ সব রুটে ফ্লাইট পরিচালনা শুরু করার সিদ্ধান্ত নেয়। এজন্য বিমান পরিচালনা পর্ষদ ছোট আকৃতির দুটি নতুন উড়োজাহাজ কিনতে চাইলেও অর্থসংকটের কারণে তা সম্ভব হয়নি। পরে সিদ্ধান্ত হয় ৫০ আসনের দুটি টার্বো-প্রপেলার বেইজড উড়োজাহাজ ইজারা নেয়ার। এ ব্যাপারে আরএফপিও আহ্বান করা হয়। কিন্তু গত ১০ জুন প্রথম দফার দরপত্র খুলে দেখা যায়, এতে মাত্র দুটি প্রতিষ্ঠান আগ্রহ দেখিয়েছে। পরে ৯ জুলাই খোলা দ্বিতীয় দরপত্রেও কাঙ্ক্ষিত সাড়া মেলেনি। এ পরিপ্রেক্ষিতে গত আগস্টে তৃতীয় দফা দরপত্র আহ্বান করা হয়। এতেও প্রত্যাশা অনুযায়ী সাড়া পায়নি বিমান কর্তৃপক্ষ.....
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Malaysia Airlines upping frequency to 18 weekly on KUL-DAC route from Feb 2014

Kuala Lumpur – Dhaka eff 02FEB14 Service increases from 14 to 18 weekly
MH102 KUL0940 – 1130DAC 772 D
MH112 KUL1820 – 2020DAC 738 x246
MH196 KUL2050 – 2240DAC 772 D

MH103 DAC1240 – 1830KUL 772 D
MH113 DAC2125 – 0325+1KUL 738 x246
MH197 DAC2340 – 0530+1KUL 772 D

http://airlineroute.net/2013/10/28/mh-asia-feb14/
wow they really are doing great on this route aren't they?
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wow they really are doing great on this route aren't they?
Or trying to kill off the competition?
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Or trying to kill off the competition?
It addresses both, doesn't it? If indeed traffic has increased, MH is responding with more frequency and seats availability, while at the same time pitting itself against competition that appears to have increased as well. I'm sure MH will receive good response given that MH's reputation is as good as SQ's.
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Ishwardi Airport reopens today after 17 years

Star Business Report

Ishwardi Airport is going to reopen today after 17 years, and a local private carrier, United Airways, is all set to start flying on Dhaka-Ishwardi route.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh has recently taken an initiative to reopen the airport to expand operations on domestic routes.
The airport will play a vital role in business activities, as Ishwardi EPZ, Bangladesh Sugarcane Institute, Rooppur Nuke Plant and many other important institutions are located in Ishwardi, said Shamsur Rahman Sherif, a lawmaker from Pabna-4 constituency.
The airport was set up on 412 acres of land in 1960 and was destroyed during the Liberation War in 1971.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines several times resumed operations of flights through the airport, which was finally abandoned on November 3 of 1996, our Pabna correspondent reports.
United Airways will initially operate two weekly flights on Saturdays and Mondays with a 37-seater Dash 100 aircraft.
The one way promotional fare on the route will be Tk 4,000, including all taxes, said Kamrul Islam, assistant general manager for marketing support and public relations of the airline.
“We are launching the flights to increase domestic connectivity and utilise the unused airport.”
United Airways, Bangladesh’s first ever public limited company in the aviation sector, is now operating flights to all major domestic routes from Dhaka to Chittagong, Cox’s Bazar, Sylhet, Rajshahi, Jessore, Syedpur and Barisal.


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