Operating from Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka, Biman Bangladesh airlines is the flag carrier of the country. The airline, commonly called Biman, provides convenient transfer services from Dhaka to major domestic routes. Furthermore, direct as well as stopover flights are offered by Biman Bangladesh to 18 international destinations across Asia and Europe. These include major cities in the Middle East, South Asia, Southeast Asia and four others in Europe including London, Manchester, Milan and Rome. In order to provide in-flight meals, Biman Bangladesh airlines established the Biman Flight Catering Centre (BFCC) in 1989. This wholly-owned subsidiary provides 8500 meals a day not only to Biman Bangladesh, but also to other regional and international airlines like Emirates, Dragonair, Etihad, Saudi Airlines, Malaysia Airlines, Thai Airways and China Southern Airlines. Most of the eggs and chicken consumed by BFCC come from the Biman Poultry Complex, another subsidiary of Biman, that was set up in 1976. Considering the predominance of Muslims in the country, a major profit generated by the carrier comes from the annual Hajj flights. In fact, Biman is the only regional airline that has been permitted by the nation’s government to carry pilgrims to Jeddah.-Less
Biman Bangladesh was launched in January 1972 with a vintage Douglas Dakota and Douglas DC-3 aircraft, but the operations commenced only after the acquisition of four Fokker F27. Presently, the fleet of Biman comprises three Fokker F28–4000 and two Boeing 737–800 aircraft that mainly operate on domestic and regional routes. Aircrafts including four McDonnell Douglas DC-10s and three Airbus A310-300s make up the remainder of the fleet for the international flights. In the near future, the airlines will further include new generation aircrafts like Boeing 777-300ER and Boeing 787-8 in its fleet.
Awards & Recognition
In the year of 2007, Biman Bangladesh carried the highest number of passengers to Malaysia. For its exceptional services, the Malaysian Airports Authorities accredited Biman Bangladesh with the ‘Foreign Carrier of the Year’ award in the passenger airlines category. This was the first-ever award received by Biman Bangladesh since its inception.
Biman Bangladesh History
Biman Bangladesh, formerly Air Bangladesh International, was set up in January 1972 as the flag carrier of Bangladesh. A month after its inception, the airlines took off its inaugural domestic flights from Dhaka to Chittagong, Jessore and Sylhet. The international operations of Biman commenced with a weekly flight to London in March 1972. By the end of the year, Biman had carried over 380,000 passengers on 1,079 flights. Once wholly-owned by the Bangladesh government, Biman was converted into a public sector corporation that was led by a government-appointed board of directors in 1977. In 2007 however, it was transformed into a public limited company that turned out to be the largest of its kind in Bangladesh. Within the three decades of its launch, the airlines had increased its operations to 26 international routes worldwide. However, services to some of the destinations were discontinued in 2006 due to financial problems. Today, Biman Bangladesh offers services to 16 countries in Asia and Europe.
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