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Old September 18th, 2008, 12:19 PM   #21
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Bangladesh's Biman eyes giant bailout partners: report
18 September 2008
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Biman Bangladesh Airlines wants one of four top international air companies to bail the ailing national carrier out of its financial troubles, a local media report said Thursday.

Biman is hoping Emirates, British Airways, Qatar Airways or Thai Airways will become a strategic partner of state-owned Biman, the bdnews24 website said.

"Singapore Airlines and Emirates would be our priority," the website quoted director Zial Huq Mamun as saying, adding that Biman wanted one of the foreign airlines to either take a stake in it or manage its operations.

But Singapore Airlines spokesman Stephen Forshaw told AFP in a statement that his company was not interested in a partnership with Biman.

"Representatives of Biman have approached us and we have indicated that our focus now is on the business fundamentals in a high-fuel-cost and weaker economic climate," he said.

"We will look at mutually beneficial commercial opportunities, but we will not be moving to take equity and the reasons for that have been explained to Biman."

Biman, which ordered 10 Boeing aircraft earlier this year representing the largest capital expenditure in the country's history, posted a 12 million dollar loss in the past financial year.
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Old September 18th, 2008, 08:34 PM   #22
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Bangladesh's Biman eyes giant bailout partners: report
18 September 2008
Agence France Presse

Biman Bangladesh Airlines wants one of four top international air companies to bail the ailing national carrier out of its financial troubles, a local media report said Thursday.

Biman is hoping Emirates, British Airways, Qatar Airways or Thai Airways will become a strategic partner of state-owned Biman, the bdnews24 website said.

"Singapore Airlines and Emirates would be our priority," the website quoted director Zial Huq Mamun as saying, adding that Biman wanted one of the foreign airlines to either take a stake in it or manage its operations.

But Singapore Airlines spokesman Stephen Forshaw told AFP in a statement that his company was not interested in a partnership with Biman.

"Representatives of Biman have approached us and we have indicated that our focus now is on the business fundamentals in a high-fuel-cost and weaker economic climate," he said.

"We will look at mutually beneficial commercial opportunities, but we will not be moving to take equity and the reasons for that have been explained to Biman."

Biman, which ordered 10 Boeing aircraft earlier this year representing the largest capital expenditure in the country's history, posted a 12 million dollar loss in the past financial year.
This director seems to be very "intelligent"....only an immature executive like the person above would make a comment that SIA and Emirates would be preferred over the others.....as if they have nothing better to do but save an airline company which will take ages to come back to profitability...shows that he knows nothing abt running an airline!!
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Old July 31st, 2009, 12:03 AM   #23
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Bangladesh Airports and Aviation Discussion

Friends,

In this thread, we would discuss about Bangladesh Aviation, i.e, news, pictures, flight reports (if available), and any other aviation related discussions

In our Bangladesh discussion forum, weve already got 4 parts of "Bangladesh Aviation" thread, but now, as this is more like an 'international' aviation thread here so we would also like to discuss about Bangladesh Aviation with all of you guys

Please feel free to discuss about anything or ask questions. Our Aviation expert "Iasif" (if he visits this thread) would be great to help you as well as me

this is the link to "Bangladesh Aviation- part 4" from the Bangladesh section:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=896128

we hope you enjoy this thread
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Old July 31st, 2009, 12:11 AM   #24
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Nice one.......
personally i hope to recieve feedback and contributions from people of other forums, countries...
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Old July 31st, 2009, 12:14 AM   #25
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same here
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Old July 31st, 2009, 01:08 AM   #26
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Bangladesh Airlines to hire 3 wide-bodied aircraft to replace DC-10s

State-controlled Biman is about to hire three aircraft including Boeing 737 from two top global financiers as it moves to accelerate retiring its aged, fuel-guzzling DC-10 planes, officials said Wednesday.

The officials said that Biman Bangladesh Airlines Ltd was inking agreements with the international leasing giant Global Capital Corp for the "dry lease" of two Boeing planes by December for a five-year term.

It will also take delivery of one Airbus A-310 from the International Lease Finance Corporation (ILFC) on dry lease that involves only the supply of aircraft.

"It's a band aid. There is no other option before us," a senior Biman official said.

The official, however, declined to disclose the financial details of the deals.

Although the lease option is a temporary solution, the official said it would help the airline authority to maintain its already stressed schedules.

"We've chosen the types of aircraft so that our pilots can get accustomed to the new generation Boeing planes," he added.

The leased aircraft is expected to strengthen the carrier's ability to replace its two DC-10 planes, which Biman officials say must be replaced by 2012.

Burdened with its depleting fleet, Biman last year signed a deal with the global aviation giant Boeing to buy four 777-300ERs and four 787-8s with an option to procure four more.

Boeing said it would deliver first four 777-300 ERs in early 2013 while the rest would be supplied in phases through 2020.

The purchase order by Biman, a public limited company since 2007, represents the largest capital investment in the country's history. It has already paid $1.54 million in booking fees from its own coffers.

A person familiar with the leasing process said Biman's earlier attempts to lease B-737 planes from Hong Kong-based Cathay Pacific and Singapore Airlines had failed.

Once delivered, the leased aircraft will bring Biman's fleet strength to 11, officials said.

"If delivered in time, it will help launch our new routes including Dhaka-Tripoli," another official said.

For years, Biman has suffered an image crisis, marked by sleaze, murky past, chaotic flight schedule and fuel-inefficient planes.

Fuel makes up more than 50 per cent of Biman's operating expenses, but officials said the costs soared up to 65 per cent in July last year when oil prices topped a record $ 147 a barrel.

The aircraft hiring plan, officials say, is also part of the carrier's aggressive move to polish its image and help regain its market share.

Biman, once the leader, lost out to foreign carriers, notably a few airlines of the Gulf region. It now controls less than 20 per cent of the country's rapidly growing aviation sector.

Under pressure from the huge losses, the state carrier retrenched 2,000 workers in 2007 and suspended flights to eight loss-making international destinations. It also withdrew from the domestic market, cutting four domestic routes under its restructuring drive.

http://www.thefinancialexpress-bd.co.../31/74848.html
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Old July 31st, 2009, 03:54 AM   #27
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manazir, pls remove this article this is full of wrong infos.......wide body, 738??????
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Old July 31st, 2009, 03:57 PM   #28
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ok, here is a corrected version :

Bangladesh Airlines will lease 3x B777-200/200ERs by October 2009 which would eventually replace the inefficient DC-10s which are more than 25 years old!

These wide-bodied B777s would be leased from the decomissioned aircrafts from Singapore Airlines, or Cathay Pacific, or China Southern Airlines.

These aircrafts will be used to resume the suspended flights to New York (JFK), Delhi, Bangkok, Tripoli, Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt, and Tokyo. These routes were suspended by Bangladesh Airlines earlier due to shortage of aircrafts.

Also, the airline will lease an Airbus 310-300 from ILFC to use on DAC-LHR route.

Bangladesh Airlines will also lease two B737-800NGs by 2010 to use on short haul and domestic routes.

The company has ordered 4x B777-300ERs, 4x B787-8s, and 2x B737-800NGs from Boeing which would be delivered in 2011, 2015, and 2019 respectively. the order costs around $1.6 billion.

When the leased aircrafts are received, the number of aircrafts for BG would total to 11 and they will be able to operate more efficiently.
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Old July 31st, 2009, 06:15 PM   #29
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woot woot!
now thats what i call a perfect article, because an aviation expert has put his hands to it!
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Old July 31st, 2009, 07:23 PM   #30
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Can we get some pics? a warm way to start the forum
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Old July 31st, 2009, 10:15 PM   #31
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umm bro, I dont have any pics atm ...... maybe you can do that :P
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Old July 31st, 2009, 10:19 PM   #32
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I've been hearing Heathrow Airport isn't too happy Biman's flights are constantly delayed and they threaten to take their slots away. Any update on this?
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Old July 31st, 2009, 11:24 PM   #33
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indeed we have been discussing this in our aviation thread. However, we hear that its sort of an old news now that BG tries their best to maintain LHR schedule these days so that they dont loose the slot. But all will be well after we receive those aircrafts i mentioned earlier hopefully
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Old August 1st, 2009, 12:39 AM   #34
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How comfortable and reliable are domestic flights in Bangladesh? I don't know about any airlines other than Biman and GMG.
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Old August 1st, 2009, 12:57 AM   #35
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well, currently there are 3 (or maybe 4) airlines operating in domestic routes in Bangladesh such as BG (Bangladesh Airlines), GMG (Z5), United Airways (4H), and perhaps (not sure if they resumed) RBA or Royal Bengal Airlines.

The domestic flights are quite good, GMG would be the best choice, aswell as United and BG. United and GMG uses Dash-8 aircrafts while BG uses F-28s, so from there, u can guess how the comfort would be in the cabins .....

Although I never flew in domestic routes of Bangladesh, there are many people who chooses to fly these routes (from Dhaka to Chittagong, Sylhet etc)! but anyway, these flights are not longer than 30 mins hehe.
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Old August 1st, 2009, 09:16 AM   #36
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Oh btw, in post #6, I forgot to mention that the B777s will be leased for 4 years, i.e until 2013, by that time, we shall hopefully have the ordered 4x B777-300ERs plus 3x leased B777-200/200ERs

Bangladesh Airlines currently flies to only 16 destinations worldwide although it has rights to fly to 42 countries at least! Atm, it flies to Kolkata, Kathmandu, Kualalampur, Singapore, Hong Kong, Karachi, Dubai, Muscat, Riyadh, Doha, Kuwait, Jeddah, Dammam, AbuDhabi, Rome, and London Heathrow.

After receiving new aircrafts, the suspended routes shall be resumed.

The suspended routes include Delhi, Mumbai, Bangkok, Tokyo, Bahrain, Tripoli, Brussels, Amsterdam, Paris, Frankfurt, Athens, and NewYork-JFK.
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Kuwait Airways makes emergency landing at ZIA

Sun, Aug 2nd, 2009 5:58 pm BdST

Dhaka, August 2 (bdnews24.com)A Kuwait Airways flight with 229 passengers on board made an emergency landing at the Zia International Airport on Sunday immediately after taking off with engine trouble.

The director of the airport, wing commander M Saeedul Hasan Khan, told bdnews24.com that the engine problem might have developed from a collision with a bird. No-one was injured in the incident, though, Khan added.

The plane had left for Kuwait at 7:38am but returned and landed immediately.

Traffic officer of the airline Mahmudul Hassan said, "One engine of the plane developed complications after a bird came in contact with the plane."

The airline sent 30 passengers to London and five to Paris by another plane and kept the rest at hotel. Fifty-five of them will be sent to their middle-east destinations on Sunday night, according to Hassan.

But no decision has been made about the 90 who were to go to New York, the officer added.
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Old August 4th, 2009, 08:18 PM   #38
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03 August, 2009


United Airways designated to fly United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia
United Airways (BD) Limited, Bangladesh's premier and most preferred airline, will launch services to London, the capital and largest city of the United Kingdom, and Jeddah the capital city of Kingdom of Saudi Arabia from Dhaka, effective November, 2009.

This will be the airline's fifth and sixth international flight from Bangladesh. The airline will launch three services a week on the Dhaka - London sector, on Tuesdays, Thursday and Sunday respectively, aboard a state-of-the-art Boeing new generation and MD83 aircrafts. With the introduction of this new flight, United Airways will fly to 7 cities in the Gulf, including Kuwait, Bahrain, Muscat, Doha, Abu Dhabi, Jeddah and Riyadh.

According to Capt. Tasbirul Ahmed Choudhury, Chairman and Managing Director, United Airways Limited, "UK and Saudi Arabia is a very important market for United Airways on account of the large volume of traffic to the United Kingdom and Gulf Kingdom, to and from Bangladesh, and an important addition to the airline's growing international network. With the launch of our 5th and 6th international passenger service to United Kingdom and Saudi Arabia,
we are confident of our position as among the leading carriers on these sectors."
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Bangladesh Aviation- part 1:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=327051

Bangladesh Aviation- part 2:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=630534

Bangladesh Aviation- part 3:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=755472

Bangladesh Aviation- part 4:

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=896128

Bangladesh Aviation- part 5 (latest one):

http://www.skyscrapercity.com/showthread.php?t=926878
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Old August 5th, 2009, 09:36 PM   #40
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Here is the current info of airlines in Dhaka,


Air Arabia: Sharjah (Airbus A320)

Air-India Express: Kolkata, Mumbai (Boeing 738)

AirAsia: Kuala Lumpur (Airbus A320)

Biman Bangladesh Airlines: Abu Dhabi, Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Dammam, Delhi [resumes 3 October], Doha, Dubai, Hong Kong, Jeddah,
Karachi, Kathmandu, Kolkata, Kuala Lumpur, Kuwait, London-Heathrow, Muscat, Riyadh, Rome-Fiumicino, Singapore, Sylhet (Airbus 310, DC-10, Boeing 783, Fokker F28)

China Eastern Airlines: Beijing-Capital, Kunming (Boeing 738)

China Southern Airlines: Guangzhou (Boeing 738)

Dragonair: Hong Kong, Kathmundu (starting November 09) (Airbus A330)

Druk Air: Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi, Paro (Boeing 757)

Emirates Airline: Dubai (Boeing 772ER, Boeing 773LR, Airbus A330)

Etihad Airways: Abu Dhabi (Airbus A330)

GMG Airlines: Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Jessore, Kathmandu, Kolkata, Kuala Lumpur, Sylhet (Dash 8, MD 82, MD 83)

Gulf Air: Bahrain (Airbus A340, 330)

Jet Airways Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai [begins 23 August] (Boeing 738)

Kuwait Airways Kuwait (Airbus A300)

Kingfisher Airlines: Kolkata (ATR 72)

Malaysia Airlines: Kuala Lumpur (Airbus A330)

Pakistan International Airlines: Karachi (Airbus A310)

Qatar Airways: Doha (Airbus A330)

Royal Bengal Airlines: Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Jessore, Sylhet (Currently out of service) (Dash 8)

Saudi Arabian Airlines: Jeddah, Medina, Riyadh (Boeing 744)

Singapore Airlines: Singapore (Boeing 772)

Thai Airways International: Bangkok-Suvarnabhumi (Airbus A330)

United Airways (Bangladesh): Barisal, Chittagong, Cox's Bazar, Dubai, Jessore, Kolkata, Sylhet (Dash 8, MD-82)

Yemenia: Dubai, Sana'a (Airbus 320)

Future planned airlines,

Bahrain Air- Bahrain (2009_
Turkish Airlines- Istabul (2009)
Afriqiyah Airways- Manila, Tripoli (October 2009)
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