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Old October 4th, 2019, 10:10 AM   #901
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The issue has been there for a while, to the point where our foreign minister discussed with Thai officials about making it easier and faster for Bangladeshis to get Thai visas.

While there is a visa processing agency in Chittagong, apparently often the Thai embassy requires in person interviews, which then necessitate Chittagonians to travel to Dhaka.
Do you know the details of said issues? Is it just the travel required for interviews or there are some other issues?
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What is the veracity of your information? Where these issues officially brought to up Bangladesh authorities by your carrier before they pulled out/reduced their traffic? While BG's fees may have been excessive, I'm skeptical about the safety issue given that some ME carriers fly to many destinations in Africa, a continent plagued by aviation safety issues as cited by ICAO and others repeatedly. The safety standards cannot be any worse in Bangladesh.

At the end of the day, it is all about the bottom dollar. Route rationalization and optimization are key factors for profitability or lack thereof.

Ofcourse there was discussion with BG authorities, with civil aviation here raising multiple alarms on simple safety risk. Two major carriers from GCC just stopped flying to DAC last year for the same reason - lack of attention to detail and Biman's ground handling's incompetence. If you work at the airport, you will know what I mean.

There is a long way in terms of thinking process for the aviation industry in Bangladesh before it can mature to attract International carriers. Look at the exodus in the last 2 years itself and you will see what I am referring to. The new MD has a chance to fix a lot of these concerns.

Aviation is a link to the outside world connecting Bangladesh to the world and where a foreigner gets his first impression. DAC airport is in shambles - no where near the quality of any of the regional airports (Delhi/Mumbai/Kolkata or even Yangon international airport).

PS: I am a bangladeshi so I am not biased against GCC carriers.
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Old October 4th, 2019, 12:52 PM   #903
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Seen a few local travel agents advertising Manchester to Sylhet direct with Biman.
Not seen anything online myself.
Does anyone have any further information?
It's now official.



Also reported here:

http://airportrumours.blogspot.com/2...anchester.html

BG007 DAC 1230 MAN 1700 Tue, Sat, Sun
BG208 MAN 2000 ZYL 1200/1930 DAC 2015 Tue, Sat
BG208 MAN 2000 ZYL 1200 Sun

B787-8 used on the flights. The Sunday flight appears not to continue to DAC after arrival at ZYL.
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It's now official.



Also reported here:

http://airportrumours.blogspot.com/2...anchester.html

BG007 DAC 1230 MAN 1700 Tue, Sat, Sun
BG208 MAN 2000 ZYL 1200/1930 DAC 2015 Tue, Sat
BG208 MAN 2000 ZYL 1200 Sun

B787-8 used on the flights. The Sunday flight appears not to continue to DAC after arrival at ZYL.
Wow! Brilliant for the north of England and Sylhet.
Gutted that I have booked with Qatar, wish I could cancel without the huge cancellation fee.
The prices with Biman are super cheap too, available for under £500.
Hope this route is successful. An absolute game changer for Sylheti Brits living in the North.
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Old October 4th, 2019, 04:28 PM   #905
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Gutted that I have booked with Qatar, wish I could cancel without the huge cancellation fee.
Don't regret it. I'd rather still fly QR over BG lol.
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Old October 4th, 2019, 04:55 PM   #906
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SalamAir launches flights to Chattogram



SalamAir is launching flights on Muscat-Chattogram route effective October 7 in line with the carrier’s international expansion strategy.

Captain Mohamed Ahmed, CEO of SalamAir said, “Based on demand of passengers, we are excited to add Chattogram to our increasing list of destinations. The new flight route will represent convenience to the large Bangladeshi expatriate population living in Oman.”

The Oman based carrier will operate brand new Airbus A320neo to its new and second destination in Bangladesh.

There will be four weekly flights on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday, departing Muscat at 13:55 local time and arriving in Chattogram at 20:45 local time. The flight will depart Chattogram at 21:30 local time arriving in Muscat at 00:35 local time.

One-way tickets to Chattogram are now available at a special promotional fare of BDT21,410.

Source: https://bangladeshmonitor.com.bd/new...-to-chattogram
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Don't regret it. I'd rather still fly QR over BG lol.
I'm sure there are lots of people willing to tolerate BG's erratic and inconsistent service for the convenience of a direct flight to final destination.
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Old October 7th, 2019, 08:51 PM   #908
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"Biman Bangladesh Airlines Return To Manchester Airport From New Year"

"Flights to Dhaka start in January

Three flights per week on state-of-the-art Boeing 787 Dreamliner


News announced by Airport CEO during formal visit to Bangladesh led by Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham

Huge benefit to 70,000 Bangladeshi population in airport’s vast catchment area

Businesses also set to benefit from connectivity
Return business class fares from £1,500 and economy £580

The national flag carrier of Bangladesh today announced its return to Manchester Airport, with a new service to Sylhet and Dhaka set to start in the New Year.

Biman Bangladesh Airlines will fly three times a week from the UK’s northern hub to the Bangladeshi capital and Sylhet, one of the two world’s biggest cities.

The news was announced at a special event at the British High Commission in Dhaka, attended by the Chairman- Biman Bangladesh Board of Directors, Manchester airport CEO Andrew Cowan and Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham, who is leading a 10 day-long delegation to Bangladesh and India.

Biman will use a Boeing 787 Dreamliner on the route, which will start on January 4th 2020, and will operate via the eastern Bangladeshi city of Sylhet on its return from Manchester.

It is a boost to the many Bangladeshi communities within Manchester Airport’s catchment, as well as being tipped to deliver wide ranging trade and tourism benefits. There are more than 55,000 people a year who currently travel from Manchester Airport’s catchment to Dhaka and Syhlet, with around 600,000 people travelling to destinations in Biman’s onward network.

Speaking from Dhaka, Mr Cowan said: “We have known for some time there is significant demand for a direct service to Bangladesh and so we are delighted to be confirming this news today.

“Manchester Airport is the UK’s gateway to the north of England and within our catchment area there are many long-standing Bangladeshi communities for whom this will make a massive difference.

“We know there are many northern companies with a desire to trade in Bangladesh, while we also look forward to welcoming business and leisure visitors from that part of the world.

“This long haul route is the latest we have added to Manchester in recent years, as we continue to work hard to connect the north to key international destinations.”

The announcement marks a return to Manchester for Biman, which operated a Dhaka-Manchester-New York service until 2012.

It is the first deal to be revealed as part of a visit to Bangladesh and India by a delegation spearheaded by Mr Burnham.

Speaking from the UK High Commissioner’s Residence in Dhaka, Andy Burnham said: “It is a great boost for this inaugural Greater Manchester visit to Bangladesh to achieve this new service. A direct connection between Manchester and Bangladesh will bring many trade, cultural and educational benefits and as well as being hugely valued by the many families of Bangladesh heritage living in Greater Manchester and across the North. I intend to keep building Greater Manchester’s relationship with Bangladesh over the coming years so our friends from Biman can rest assured we will do all we can to promote and support this vital route.”

The flight will operate on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday taking just 10 hours. The 787 Dreamliner will have 24 seats in..."

Full story...https://mediacentre.manchesterairpor...from-new-year/
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Old October 10th, 2019, 06:21 PM   #909
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My review about NovoAir




https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xksJGbKpYZM&t=77s
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Old October 14th, 2019, 12:25 PM   #910
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Old October 14th, 2019, 06:12 PM   #911
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It's now official.


BG007 DAC 1230 MAN 1700 Tue, Sat, Sun
BG208 MAN 2000 ZYL 1200/1930 DAC 2015 Tue, Sat
BG208 MAN 2000 ZYL 1200 Sun

B787-8 used on the flights. The Sunday flight appears not to continue to DAC after arrival at ZYL.
Updated schedules showing a more reasonable wait in Sylhet for onward flight to Dhaka:

Dhaka – Manchester – Sylhet – Dhaka eff 04JAN20 3 weekly 787-8. Manchester last served until October 2012
BG007 DAC1230 – 1800MAN 267
BG208 MAN2000 – 1200+1ZYL1300+1 – 1340+1DAC 788 267

https://www.routesonline.com/news/38...ighlight=dhaka
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Old October 16th, 2019, 09:57 AM   #912
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Has Biman stopped their flight to Yangon? Doesn’t seem to be open for booking in November and it also doesn’t show anymore on the flight schedule when selecting November dates ?
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Old October 16th, 2019, 01:51 PM   #913
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Has Biman stopped their flight to Yangon? Doesn’t seem to be open for booking in November and it also doesn’t show anymore on the flight schedule when selecting November dates ?
Somebody posted here that to be the case. If the service hasn't ceased, it is going to.
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Old October 16th, 2019, 05:48 PM   #914
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Wow! Brilliant for the north of England and Sylhet.
Gutted that I have booked with Qatar, wish I could cancel without the huge cancellation fee.
The prices with Biman are super cheap too, available for under £500.
Hope this route is successful. An absolute game changer for Sylheti Brits living in the North.
Seen dates in Jan 2020 for 2 or 3 weeks under £500?

Thanks
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Looks like Vistara have snapped up those Hainan 787-9s that Biman were looking at.

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Old October 17th, 2019, 11:54 AM   #916
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Pretty sure there are more 789s whose deliveries have been scrapped and sitting idle.
Easy tiger!
Not a good idea to talk like that on a public forum. Besides, it is to Vistara's credit that their team were more pro-active than Biman's team (who probably were still planning how to make a mint out of it) on securing this deal.
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Easy tiger!
Not a good idea to talk like that on a public forum. Besides, it is to Vistara's credit that their team were more pro-active than Biman's team (who probably were still planning how to make a mint out of it) on securing this deal.
Absolutely not. THEY ARE GONNA JOIN BIMAN. It's gonna be toughest negotiation and about 50% discount.


Vistara ordered 787 - https://simpleflying.com/vistara-first-boeing-787/
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Another ATR-72-600 joins US Bangla



Another ATR-72-600 (registration S2-AKI) aircraft has joined US Bangla Airlines raising the total number to 11. This fourth ATR of US Bangla flew into Dhaka HSIA at 4:30 pm on Saturday. Flying from France, it touched down in Egypt and Oman before reaching Dhaka.

US Bangla will increase domestic flights with this new addition.

Two more ATRs are expected to join soon.

Source: https://www.jugantor.com/economics/2...A6%AB%E0%A6%9F
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HSIA’s 3rd terminal expenditure goes up
Construction starts in Nov



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The construction cost of the third terminal at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (HSIA) has increased by Tk 2000 crore before starting of the work. The construction cost has increased due to the delay in starting the work. Due to tendering irregularities, Turkish construction company Gap-Insat-Tav filed a writ against the Civil Aviation Authority Bangladesh (CAAB). As a result, the construction process delayed.

The authority concerned sold 22 tender applications, but at the end, they found only two applications. After examining, the authority on October 13 awarded the construction work to Dhaka Aviation Consortium. The project with an estimated cost of Tk 13,610.47 crore got the nod of the Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (ECNEC) in October 2017.

Of the total project cost, Tk 2,395.69 crore will come from the state exchequer while the rest Tk 11,214.78 crore as project assistance from the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). Dhaka Aviation Consortium, which showed the lowest construction cost of Tk 16438.83 crore, was awarded the construction of the third terminal last week. The consortium consists of Mitsubishi Corporation, Fujita Corporation, and Samsung.

But later, the consortium showed construction cost of Tk 17818.38 crore without vat and taxes. The lowest bidder in the tender process, increased the construction cost to Tk 1037 crore where VAT and tax were around TK 1000 crore. According to the Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry, upon the approval of the government purchase committee, the construction work of the much-awaited third terminal will begin in November.

The ministry secretary said this is a fast track project of the government, and the construction work will start shortly. When asked about the increased construction cost, the secretary replied, due to time difference, prices of lots of things went up. As a result, the expenditure on construction has gone up reasonably.

The ministry's reliable sources said, in the third terminal, there will be 12 boarding bridges, elevated road, multilevel car parking, 23 parking bays, cargo complex, and three taxiways. With the implementation of the third terminal, the HSIA will be able to handle 1.2 crore passengers yearly.

CAAB sources said the expansion includes the construction of the third passenger terminal building known as Terminal 3, as well as a 5,900 square meter VVIP complex, a 41,200 square meter cargo complex and a multi-level car parking building with a tunnel. The new international passenger terminal building will have a floor area of roughly 2,26,000 square meters. Additionally, the project includes the construction of several exits and connecting taxiways, a parking apron in Terminal 3, new roads to connect the terminal with the airport road and a drainage system. Water treatment, power supply, rescue, and fire-fighting facilities will also be made available as part of the master plan.

\There will be a rapid exit and connecting taxiway and main road besides the Le Meridian Hotel to enter the airport. Besides, a subway will be built to connect the Dhaka Elevated Expressway with the airport. The project was approved by ECNEC in October 2017. Earlier in 2015, the feasibility study report on the third terminal was presented to the Prime Minister’s Office. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina ordered to implement the project as soon as possible. The HSIA can handle 0.8 million passengers and 0.2 million tonnes of cargo annually.

The airport expansion project has been undertaken in accordance with the changing needs of the time. Once the project work is finished, the airport will be able to handle 2.0 million passengers while its cargo handling capacity will rise to 0.5 million tonnes.

https://www.bangladeshpost.net/posts...-goes-up-15185
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