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Old October 22nd, 2010, 07:16 PM   #41
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Viability of Bangladesh Biman
7 October 2010
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Bangladesh, Oct. 7 -- Syed Jamaluddin

Biman is likely to resume its New York flight to meet the government pledge despite fears of losses. Last time Biman counted a loss of Tk 3.5/4.0 million (35/40 lakhs) on each flight between Dhaka and New York. Biman in August 2006 shut its flights to New York along with Brussels, Paris, Frankfurt, Mumbai, Narita and Yangon in the wake of aircraft shortage and a record loss of Tk 4.54 billion (454 crores) in 2005/06 fiscal year. The national flag carrier made profit in 2007/08 after a lapse of four years. Such a performance is very rare in public sector organisations in Bangladesh. The credit goes to the caretaker government for this achievement.

Insiders say the airliner plans to reopen flights on loss-incurring Dhaka-New York route in line with the decision of the Prime Minister who assured expatriate Bangladeshis in New York that Biman's flight would resume in 2011. Biman authorities have informed the government of the risk of losses for reopening the New York flights and urged the government for support either in the form of compensation or fuel subsidy. Biman is now completing various formalities for opening the New York flight. It is not understood how Biman will be viable if decisions are taken to operate in the loss-making sectors.

Aircraft leasing is a fairly common strategy practised by most airlines. It reduces investment significantly. Nearly 40% of all aircraft with the airlines have been acquired on lease. But hardly any airline acquires aircraft on wet lease, simply because they have the capability to provide all the components required for operation like crew, maintenance, network and many other associated services developed through years.

There is a tendency in Biman to get an aircraft on wet lease basis instead of dry lease basis. Payment in wet lease is to be made on hourly basis while in dry lease, on monthly basis. There is a published dry-lease rate for different types of aircraft depending on date of manufacture and configuration, but there is no such reliable information on wet lease. A wet-lease aircraft has to be operated for a minimum guaranteed hours, whereas the use of the dry-leased aircraft is at the operator's discretion. Wet leasing is obviously more expensive.

Acquisition of aircraft on wet lease is done to address short-term capacity crisis. But in our airline, acquisition of aircraft on wet lease has become a regular practice. Support package for wet-lease aircraft always comes at a higher price. It is said that the airline is bleeding because of the wet-leased aircraft. They are becoming increasingly more expensive to operate. Viability of the airline cannot be expected under such circumstances.

Biman is one of the worst performing airlines in the world. Much remains to be done to regain its commercial viability lost due to poor planning, corruption and mismanagement. Biman could not even capitalise on its captive Hajj market. All the airlines flying to and from Dhaka, except our ill-fated national carrier, are doing good business. More airlines are trying to open routes from Bangladesh. This is because more passengers are available.

Rivalry between the minister, parliamentary standing committee, secretary and chairman of the board of directors of Biman has made the situation chaotic. The parliamentary committee has reportedly complained to the Prime Minister against the Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism. The minister has also sought the intervention of the Prime Minister in his dispute with the members of the standing committee. The chairman of the board of directors has contradicted the minister about corruption in Biman. It is said that the Biman board of directors does not comply with the directives of the ministry. The ministry cannot take action against Biman employees because of legal complexities. It appears that there is no chain of command in the ministry/Biman for smooth running of the organisation. According to the Minister, there is a public demand for opening more domestic routes but Biman does not take interest in these matters.

Biman is losing passengers and going down in respect of management, efficiency and image because of poor delivery of services. It is losing money because of alleged corruption. Biman should not be flying the old aircrafts which are not viable. These aircrafts should have been phased out long ago but this was not done for lack of vision. Procurement of new aircraft is a complex matter in Biman.

Biman employees created problems for higher pay and other benefits. But Biman has not been providing good services. Employees have a responsibility to cater to the needs of the passengers. Biman is a highly overstaffed organisation without any regard for human resources development. Pay hike or benefit of any kind has to be commensurate with employees' performance.

There should be no dearth of passengers for Biman. Workers flying to the Middle East, Singapore and Malaysia are all willing to use Biman and they are doing so. We have virtually a captive market in London. But many of our VIP passengers travel by other airlines as they apparently do not rely on Biman. If Biman can operate on schedule and provide comparable facilities, it will not have to worry about passengers. Moreover, passengers from Kolkata, Nepal, Bhutan and north-eastern states of India will find it convenient to fly long distance via Dhaka.

More and more airlines from the Middle East have been operating from Dhaka. This is because they are getting plenty of passengers. There is no reason why Biman cannot have a share in this expanding market. If we can build up reputation, more and more people from Bangladesh will fly Biman. We will hardly need passengers from other nationalities. But Biman should not spread its wings to unprofitable destinations.

Biman is plagued with too many issues - from flying to baggage management. Biman's problems have been highlighted in the media and in discussions at various levels. But no solution has yet been found. Unless the problems of Biman are resolved, the airlines cannot operate successfully. Decisive action is needed for overhauling the Biman management.

Some time back the Prime Minister took an initiative for revamping the airline but it is not known why this has not been followed up. This may be under process in the Prime Minister' Office (PMO). Making Biman viable and dependable is a challenge of this government. This is in line with their commitment of the Charter of Change,

The writer is an economist and columnist.
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Old November 16th, 2010, 07:48 PM   #42
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BANGLADESH EXTENDS PILOT RETIREMENT AGE TO MEET SHORTAGES

DHAKA, Nov 1 Asia Pulse - Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said international standards will be complied with in providing benefits to the pilots of Bangladesh Biman, who will be in service for an extended period of five years, following an extension of their retirement age from 57 to 62 years.

PM Hasina, after holding separate problem-shooting meetings at Ganobhaban with the Civil Aviation Minister and a 16-member Biman Airlines Pilots Association (BAPA), said the service age of the pilots has been extended in view of the shortage of manpower.

On the demands of the BAPA, the Prime Minister said the matters which are pending before the court will be settled by the court, and other issues will have to be settled through discussion between the civil aviation authorities and the BAPA leadership.

Referring to abstention of work by the pilots, the Prime Minister said Bangladesh Biman is the carrier of national image and prestige and any unpleasant situation or irregularity from BAPA that compromises this is unexpected.

Hasina termed the strike by pilots during the hajj season as unfortunate, when the pilgrims are flying to Saudi Arabia to perform holy hajj. She said pilots strike incurred economic loss, and harmed everyone concerned, including the nation.

BAPA leaders expressed their regret to the Prime Minister for the unpleasant situation created due to their actions.

They mentioned their contribution to the war of liberation in 1971, saying that they deserted the All Pakistan Airlines Pilots Association in 1969 and formed the East Pakistan Airlines Pilot Association

They said 19 pilots had joined the war of liberation in 1971 and four embraced martyrdom.

The BAPA leaders assured the Prime Minister that such unpleasant situation would not be created in the future.

Civil Aviation and Tourism Minister GM Qader, civil Aviation Secretary Shafique Alam Mehedi and Biman chairman Air Vice-Marshal (retd) Jamal Uddin were present during the meeting with the Prime Minister from 11am to 11-45am.

Later on, the Prime Minister had separate meetings with the 16-member BAPA delegation from 12 noon to 12:45. Capt Alia, Capt Sahana, Capt Tasnin and Capt Estiak were among others present in the meeting.

On Friday night, pilots of Bangladesh Biman Airlines called off their strike and returned to work following assurances from the Prime Minister.

The pilots and the Biman management were locked in a confrontation over benefits including insurance and rehabilitation coverage for pilots aged between 57 and 62 years. The pilots say Bangladesh Biman extended their working age but took away a lot of benefits. The matter is pending in the court.

Last Tuesday, some 46 aggrieved pilots of the national flag carrier applied for sick leave and declined flight duty. The Biman authorities termed the sickness as a deliberate disruption.

As a punitive measure, Biman did not allow four pilots to fly aircrafts from October 26. One pilot was served show cause notice for creating indiscipline and anarchy.
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Old March 27th, 2011, 03:20 PM   #43
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Aircraft shortage forces Biman to suspend London flights
28 February 2011
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DHAKA, Feb. 28 -- Shortage of aircraft has forced Biman Bangladesh Airlines to suspend its direct flights to London indefinitely. Resumption of popular direct flights on the route is totally uncertain at the moment.

Biman had resumed direct flight on the Dhaka-London route on February 6 last year after a break of 12 years. The flights had to be called off following withdrawal by Euro Atlantic Airways of its leased Boeing B777-220 on expiry of the lease on February 3.

However, the five other flight to London of the airline via Dubai every week will remain operational. Of those, two flights will be operated on the Dhaka-Sylhet-Dubai-London route, Biman said.

Biman officials hope to resume direct flights on the route in April with the inclusion of two Boeing aircraft to the airline's existing fleet.

They said the national carrier signed an agreement with the Euro Atlantic Airways in November 2009 to hire two Boeing aircraft for four years.

Biman received one aircraft from the airline on February 3 last year on one-year wet lease, which means the lessee must bear the costs of the aircraft, crew, maintenance and insurance, followed by a three-year dry lease.

Biman later scrapped the deal with the company that failed to provide the national carrier with the second aircraft on time.

Biman Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer Muhammad Zakiul Islam said, "We had an option to use the aircraft on dry lease. But we could not do so for a hefty registration fee."

Biman has entered into another agreement with the Pacific Air-craft Lease Management, USA to get two aircraft under the Aircraft Crew Maintenance and Insurance, Biman officials said.

The airline also published advertisement for leasing two Boeing aircraft to resume direct flights to New York, which were suspended in 2006 due to shortage of aircraft.
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Old August 12th, 2011, 07:37 PM   #44
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Old September 28th, 2011, 03:15 PM   #45
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new Biman 773 in Seattle Boeing Field

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Old July 26th, 2014, 11:49 AM   #46
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This aircraft is created by one of the best aircraft manufacturers the “McDonnell Douglas”. They are amongst the oldest aircraft makers in the world. I have been a regular passenger of Biman Bangladesh airlines. Check out these websites to know more
http://www.cleartrip.ae/airlines/bim...-airlines.html
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All right, from today, I have upgraded this thread to include these carriers from Bangladesh:

- Novoair (VQ)
- Regent Airways (RX)
- United Airways (4H)
- US-Bangla Airlines (BS)

Not to mention, any developments found in Bangladesh's other airports, including Chittagong, Cox's Bazaar, and Zylhet, can be discussed on this unified thread as well, allowing us to have a one-stop source for the current aviation developments in Bangladesh and its future.
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Old November 16th, 2014, 05:52 AM   #48
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From today, you can now talk about the following on this thread:

Bangladeshi carriers:
- Biman Bangladesh
- NovoAir
- United Airways (Bangladesh)
- US-Bangla Airlines

Bangladeshi airports:
- Dhaka (Zia; Hazra Shahjalal)
- Chittagong (Shah Amanat)
- Sylhet (Osmani)
- Cox's Bazaar
- Jessore

And any related news and developments governing Bangladesh's aviation.

That way, this thread can become more active and livelier than before.
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Biman Bangladesh Airlines B777-200ER (reg. S2-AHL)

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Biman Bangladesh: Gaining strength, yet losing market
Corruption, inefficient management, poor planning blamed; experts for implementing the 2007 plan for a turnaround
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Even with its aging fleet, Biman carried over 32 percent of all international passengers to and from Bangladesh in 2006-07. But now, despite having modern aircraft, its share has come down to about 27 percent.

According to aviation experts and Biman insiders, the national flag carrier is losing international passengers mostly due to mismanagement, flight delays, suspension on some routes and a lack of smart business strategies.

Biman’s grip on the market loosened also because of stiff competition with other local and international airlines, though it now carries almost twice the passengers it used to get a decade ago.

Mohammed Salahuddin, general manager (marketing and sales) of Biman, mentioned that amid growing number of passengers, the airline has increased the frequency of flights.

But since Biman could not increase its routes due to aircraft shortages, the share of passengers fell. Besides, there has been a rise in the number of airlines operating from Bangladesh.

He, however, said Biman’s share of international passengers, which is around 27 percent, is highest among all the airlines operating from Dhaka.

The national airline ferried 11.9 lakh out of 33.1 lakh international passengers to and from Bangladesh in 2006-07. It had three types of aircraft -- four DC10-30s, four F-28s, and three A310-300s -- in 2007.

In 2018-19, it carried around 18.53 lakh out of around 70.13 lakh international passengers. The rest went to 26 foreign and local airlines operating in Bangladesh, according to data provided by Biman officials.

More : https://www.thedailystar.net/frontpa...market-1789759
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Biman Bangladesh Re-inaugurates Manchester

More successful route progress has come from Manchester Airport following the re-inauguration of Biman Bangladesh Airlines’ services to Dhaka and Sylhet this week.

The services will operate on a thrice-weekly basis, serving around 70,000 Bangladeshi-originated persons in the Manchester catchment area and 300,000 people between Birmingham and Scotland.


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Due to the split between the airlines and airport sections last year
some threads that contained both in the same thread needed time to be relocated.
so Bangladesh will have its own dedicated thread on airlines here. And the one for airports will be in the airport subsection

apologies for the delays and inconvenience.
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