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Biman Bangladesh Airlines, popularly known as Biman, is the national airline of Bangladesh.
The airline's main hub is at Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka and it also operates flights from its secondary hubs at Shah Amanat International Airport in Chittagong and Osmani International Airport in Sylhet.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines flies to many destinations including London, Kuwait, Dammam, Doha, Riyadh, Jeddah, Muscat, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kathmandu, Kolkata, Dhaka, Jessoire, Rajshah, Sylhet, Saioput, Barisat, Chittagog, Co's Baxar, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok and Yangon. Biman Bangladesh Airlines has hubs in Chittagong and Sylhet (Osmani International Airport) and as well as the regular leisure, business and cargo business, Biman Air's operations is the Hajj flights that it runs to and from Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines provides international passenger and cargo services to its destinations; as of April 2015, it has air service agreements with 42 countries, but flies to just 16 of them. The carrier is currently facing stiff competition from a number of domestic Bangladeshi private airlines as well as some international carriers, which offer greater flexibility targeting Bangladesh's air transport sector which is experiencing an 8% annual growth rate, thanks to a large number of tourists and non-resident Bangladeshi travellers.
A member of IATA, Biman Bangladesh Airlines flies passengers and cargo to 18 international destinations in Asia and Europe. It goes to most of the destinations directly or via a stopover. Convenient transfer connections from Dhaka to regional destinations are easily available.
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Biman Bangladesh Airlines' fleet consists of A310s, B737s, B777s, B787s and Bombardier Dash 8. Biman signed an agreement with Egypt Air Holding Company for dry lease of two 777-200ER aircraft, which were added to the fleet as of March 2014.
Biman is in a bid to operate more domestic destinations, as such procuring two Turbo-Prop aircraft. Biman started on 4th January 1972 with a gift of DC-3 aircraft from Bangladesh Air force.
The airline’s Reservation and Departure Control System and other communication systems are fully computerized. Biman is now striving to make the airline more attractive to its valued passengers by fixing priority on providing more comfort and maintaining schedule regularity. Biman does entire maintenance work on its F-28 aircraft. Biman is also doing C-check, D-check on DC10-30 and A310-300 in its hangar complex at Dhaka. Checks, repair and maintenance of one DC10-30, one wide bodied Boeing and two F-28 aircraft can be done simultaneously there.
In addition to its own aircraft, Biman’s ground-handling unit also provides support to Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Kuwait Airways, Oman Air, Saudia, Gulf Air, PIA, Indian Airlines, Dragon Air, Druk Air, etc.at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka.
Biman Flight Catering Center (BFCC) has the capacity of producing 8500 meals a day and is providing cuisine not only to Biman but also to Saudia, Etihad, Malaysia Airlines, Thai Airways, Emirates, Dragon Air and China Southern Airlines.
Biman Bangladesh entitles passengers to 30kg of checked baggage for Business Class, 20kg for Economy Class and 10kg for infants.
Each passenger is entitled to one piece of carry-on baggage, either a handbag or laptop with maximum weight of 7kg.
Passengers on Biman Bangladesh Airlines are allowed 30kg checked baggage for Business Class, 20kg for Economy Class and 10kg for Infants.
In Business Class, 30kgs is limited to maximum of two pieces. The sum of the 3 dimensions (length + breadth + height) must not exceed 62 inches or 158 centimeters for each piece. The maximum weight permissible for a single piece of baggage is 30 Kgs.
In Economy Class, Free Baggage Allowance of 20 Kgs is limited within maximum two pieces.
Under the Biman Bangladesh Airlines' cabin baggage policy, each adult/child passenger will allowed 10kg for Business Class, 7kg for Economy Class and Infants Nil.
Each adult/child passengers are permitted one piece of carry-on baggage, either a handbag or laptop bag, that may not exceed 20 x 15 x 10 inches (56 x 36 x 23cm) and must weigh no more than 7kg for economy class & 10kg for business class.
Frequent Flyer Program
Biman Bangladesh Airlines has a Frequent Flyer Program with tiered benefits, lots of special offers and mileage rewards earned on every Biman flight.
Biman Loyalty Club members can now earn miles for the bookings class and the number of miles of travelled on all Biman operated flights for the following categories: Domestic Flights - 100 miles, London, ROme, Frankfurt - 5000 miles, Bangkok and Delhi - 1000.
There are three tiers to the frequent flyer program: Green Member, Silver Member and Gold Member.
Gold members receive the best seats on the aircraft and if possible an empty seat next to you.
Advanced seating reservation can be chosen allowing you to select the right seat before check-in.
Biman Loyalty Club offers Green Member, Silver Member and Gold Member. Green Member is open and free membership for everybody with no minimum requirements. For the Silver Member, You need to have 50,000 miles per year to become a Silver Biman Loyalty Club member. You will receive a new personal Silver card, two personal baggage cards and a welcome letter from the CEO.
Silver membership for a minimal period of two years. To maintain Silver status you will need to fly 50,000 miles. In order to qualify for Gold Member, You need to have 75,000 miles per year to become a Gold Biman Loyalty Club member. You will receive a new personal Gold card, two personal baggage cards and an exclusive gift with a welcome letter from the CEO.
Gold membership for a minimal period of two years. To maintain Gold status you will need to fly 75,000 miles. Special Gold welcome pack with exclusive present and invitations to VIP events with other Gold members.
6th December 2017
Biman set to purchase 3 Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft
The Biman Bangladesh Airlines has decided to add three Bombardier Dash 8 aircraft to its fleet to operate flights on both domestic and international routes, according to sources.
To this end, the national flag carrier will place a government-to-government purchase proposal before the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs on Wednesday.
The aircraft, from the Dash 8-Q400 series manufactured by Canadian aerospace and transportation company Bombardier Inc, are twin-engine, medium-range turbo-prop aeroplanes, each with 70-89 seats.
The Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism moved Biman’s proposal seeking a waiver to the mandatory provision of tendering process under the Public Procurement Act, as it prefers to procure the aircraft through negotiation without any tender, reports UNB.
Biman already has two Dash 8-Q400 aircraft in its fleet on rental basis, at a monthly cost of $168,000.
The airliner took lease of these aircraft for five years from Egypt’s Smart Aviation Company in 2015.
Purchase of the two aircraft will cut down Biman’s monthly cost to a great extent, the proposal says.
It also reasons that procuring the aircraft is necessary as a total of seven aircraft will be withdrawn from Biman’s fleet by 2022 as their lease agreement will expire by then.
Biman General Manager Shakil Meraj said the national flag carrier would have to add more aircraft to continue domestic and regional routes after the expiry of the agreement.
“To continue smooth operation, the management of the airlines has decided to purchase three more aircraft,” he said.
He further added that if one of the existing Dash 8 aircraft has to be grounded, Biman has to cancel around half of the scheduled flights.
At present, Biman is operating seven domestic and two international flights – to Kolkata and Kathmandu – using the existing Dash 8 Q400 aircraft.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs have already given their vote of confidence for the purchase of Bombardier aircraft, sources said.
In October this year, international media outlets reported that the US Chamber of Commerce rejected an appeal against the huge tariff it imposed on Bombardier in favour of rival aircraft manufacturer Boeing.
A further 80% tariff was imposed on the import of Bombardier’s C-Series, adding to the 220% rate already introduced by US Congress. Boeing has claimed that Bombardier benefited from illegal state subsidies from Canada and the UK and dumped the planes at “absurdly low” prices.
The imposition of massive tariff on US imports threatens Bombardier jobs in Northern Ireland: 4,000 are directly linked to the construction of the C-Series.
30th October 2017
Biman Bangladesh issues revised B737-800 dry-lease RFP
Biman Bangladesh Airlines (BG, Dhaka) has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) to all eligible airlines, operators, aircraft owners, manufacturers and/or lessors for the dry-lease of two B737-800s on 72-month contracts respectively.
In a tender document seen by ch-aviation, the Bangladeshi carrier said the two jets must not be more than thirteen (13) years of age on October 1, 2018, the proposed start date of the contracts. Eligible aircraft must feature a total of 162 seats with twelve seats in premium and 150 in economy at the time of delivery. Biman intends to operate the jets across its domestic and international route networks.
The deadline for submissions is November 5, 2017.
Biman currently operates four B737-800s of which two are leased from GECAS.
17th October 2017
Biman embraces bKash payment
Customers will now be able to pay for tickets via bKash at Biman sales centers and websiteBiman Bangladesh Airlines, the national flag carrier, will now allow its customers to purchase tickets through the mobile payment system bKash.
A deal was signed in this regard on Monday, by Kamal Quadir, chief executive officer of bKash, and AM Mosaddique Ahmed, managing director and chief executive officer of Biman.
Among others, Maj Gen Sheikh Md Monirul Islam (retd), chief external and corporate affairs officer, S Pervez Ahmed, head of corporate governance, legal and company secretary, Golam Anjumanarul Islam – head of business sales, Ahasanul Kabir, channel manager, business sales and Syed Naim Ahmed, account manager, business sales of bKash and Vineet Sood, chief financial officer, Shakil Meraj, general manager, public relations, Atiqur Rahman Chisty, general manager, marketing and sales, Salahuddin Ahmed, deputy general manager, pricing and Mohiuddin Ahmed, deputy general manager, central accounts of Biman Bangladesh were present at the signing ceremony held at the Biman Headquarters.
Launched in 2011, bKash is a joint venture of BRAC Bank, US based Money in Motion, International Finance Corporation of World Bank Group and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, offering mobile financial services to the common people of Bangladesh.
2nd October 2017
Asian Tourism Fair promotes Bangladesh Tourism
The sixth Asian Tourism Fair was inaugurated on September 28 at Dhaka, a day after World Tourism Day, to celebrate the occasion and promote sustainable tourism in Bangladesh.
The three-day event was inaugurated by the Minister at the International Convention City, Basundhara (ICCB) where the fair is being held. With 2017 being announced by UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organisation’) as the year for International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development, the theme of this year’s Asian Tourism Fair was along the lines of promoting sustainable regional connectivity, considered important for international tourism development and attracting investment in the country.
Following in the success of the previous editions, this year’s edition was also visited by eminent personalities such as Rashed Khan Menon , the Minister of Civil Aviation and Tourism (MoCAT) of Bangladesh; Rima P. Soemarno, Ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia to Bangladesh and Vicente Vivencio T. Bandillo, Ambassador of Philippines to Bangladesh. With the sole purpose of promoting tourism and tourism related services across Bangladesh, the fair organised by Mohiuddin Helal, the editor of Parjatan Bichitra, a popular tourism magazine in Bangladesh, witnessed the presence of over 120 tour operators, travel agents, airlines, hotels and service providers from both the private and public sectors of Bangladesh along with stalls of the Republic of Indonesia and Philippines. The event was supported by Bangladesh Tourism Board (BTB) and Bangladesh Parjatan Corporation (BPC) under Ministry of Civil Aviation and Tourism, Government of Bangladesh with Biman Bangladesh airlines as the airlines partner and Dhaka Dinner Cruise as the cruise partner.
Helal stated, “The tourism sector of Bangladesh is an untapped one. The fair is acting as an ice breaker and providing impetus to tourism professionals to promote their products and destinations. The fair shall also help promote domestic tourism, apart from attracting foreign tourists to Bangladesh. In order to promote the upcoming tourism season, we also presented exclusive travel packages, on-spot hotel bookings and discount packages from tour operators, travel shops and theme parks, at the fair. ”
Rashed Khan Menon stated, “Despite several hurdles, Bangladesh tourism is moving forward robustly. The government is trying to implement projects related to infrastructure development and tourism branding of the country. This year’s World Tourism Day carries an extra significance for the country’s tourism industry as Bangladesh was recently elected UNWTO (United Nations World Tourism Organisation) chair for South Asia.” According to official reports, two of the major problems faced by Bangladesh on the tourism front include the lack of infrastructure which includes the under-staffed Bangladesh airport and increased difficulty to get Visa. Menon stated, “We definitely have visa complications as I have received some complaints from different quarters. I have urged the concerned authorities to take necessary steps to solve these complications.” He further added that MoCAT and its concerned authorities are taking precautions to get over the negative image and encourage tourists to visit the country.
28th September 2017
Biman Bangladesh issues widebody wet-lease RFP for 2018
Biman Bangladesh Airlines (BG, Dhaka) has issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the wet-lease of two widebody aircraft on eight-month contracts running from February to September 2018.
A tender document seen by ch-aviation indicates eligible aircraft must be manufactured in January 1998 or later and must come with 300 ± 30 seats in a two-class configuration. The aircraft will be deployed on Biman's South East Asia and Gulf & Middle East network and, possibly Hajj flights. Operators will be guaranteed at least 250 block hours per month for the duration of the lease.
Airlines, operators, owners of aircraft, and/or lessors are requested to submit their proposals by October 15, 2017.
21st September 2017
Gold worth Tk1cr found under airplane seat at Dhaka airport
Gold bars weighting about 2kg were found hidden under a seat of a Bangladesh Biman flight around 7am on Wednesday
Customs Intelligence and Investigation Directorate (CIID) has seized 20 gold bars seemingly abandoned from an airplane at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport in Dhaka.
CIID Director General (DG) Moinul Khan said the gold bars weighting about 2kg were found hidden under a seat of a Bangladesh Biman flight around 7am on Wednesday.
He said: “Acting on a tip-off customs officials searched flight BG 087 and found gold of an estimated worth of Tk1 crore which were taped in two separate bags, each containing 10 bars.”
The flight arrived Bangladesh from Malaysia around 6:30am on Wednesday, he added.
The DG also said: “We are investigating the matter, action will be taken against the people related to the smuggling.”
12th September 2017
Biman Bangladesh Airlines to take advantage of Qatar crisis
Bangladeshi airlines now have an opportunity to expand their business into the Middle East as the embargo on Qatar Airways has yet to be lifted. Qatar Airways has been barred from entering the airspace of Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the UAE since these countries severed sea and air links with Qatar on June 5 this year, accusing the Gulf country of sponsoring extremism.
Qatar Airways is one of the Middle East-based airlines favoured by Bangladeshis travelling to and living in the region. Because of the ban on Qatar’s national flag carrier, these passengers are now turning to Biman Bangladesh Airlines, said industry insiders. Bangladeshis who live in and travel to Qatar are unable to use other airlines – i.e. Emirates, Eithad Airways, etc – as they have suspended their operations in the country, so these people are also leaning toward Biman, the insiders added. This situation has created an opportunity for Biman to expand its operations in the Middle East, especially when one takes into account the existing occupancy of its flights on those routes, they explained. Biman officials also agree that the airline is in an advantageous position.
8th September 2017
First return hajj flight arrives in Dhaka
The first return hajj flight of this year has arrived in Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, reports news agency UNB.
General manager of Biman Bangladesh Airlines Shakil Meraj said that the national flag carrier with some 420 hajj pilgrims arrived in the airport safely around 8:30pm on Wednesday.
He also said Biman Bangladesh Airlines will conduct a total of 169 flights till 5 October to carry the pilgrims to the country back.
Earlier, the national flag carrier carried some 54,873 hajj pilgrims to Saudi Arabia through 187 flights.
19th August 2017
Biman Bangladesh Airlines announced it was taking emergency measures as it deals with a number of cancelled Hajj charter flights due to passenger visa problems. In order to accommodate rescheduled Hajj flights, all Dhaka-Doha Hamad Int'l flights are cancelled until August 26.
The problems stem from mismanagement by Bangladeshi Hajj tour operators, which have failed to secure proper documentation or accommodation for thousands of pilgrims. According to a petition lodged with the High Court, travel agents delayed filing visa applications as they waited for accommodation prices to go down. Additionally, the Saudi Arabian government imposed new fees on returning pilgrims, which tour operators say they were not advised about. As a result, Biman was forced to cancel twenty-one flights leading to losses of at least BDT440 million (USD5.4 million). However, load factors on rescheduled flights have been low, with around 100 empty seats per flight, as passengers and tour operators scramble to fix visa issues. Another two flights were cancelled on Thursday August 17, bringing the total to twenty-three.
15th August 2017
Biman Bangladesh Airlines announced it was seeking 8 more slots from Saudi Arabia
Biman Bangladesh Airlines has sought eight more slots from the Saudi Arabian civil aviation authority and leased another aircraft from Malaysia to ease the backlog of Hajj pilgrims hoping to fly to Mecca. Biman spokesperson Shakil Meraj told the Dhaka Tribune that a Boeing 777 200 ER will be added to the Biman fleet on August 20, while the ariline had applied for the new slots, which act as landing permission to a particular destination. “If we don’t get these slots, it will be difficult for us to send the rest of the pilgrims to Jeddah. We have no other alternative,” he said. Amid the deepening crisis over carrying aspiring pilgrims, the government is also mulling to extend Hajj flight operations to August 28 from August 26. Civil Aviation Minister Rashed Khan Menon, after visiting the Hajj camp in Ashkona, Dhaka and Biman head office on Monday, told reporters that the government had taken additional steps to deal with irregularities and negligence. The national flag carrier has transported a total of 29,373 pilgrims as of Monday while Saudi Arabian Airlines carried 33,135. This year, 127,198 Bangladeshis are supposed to perform Hajj. On Sunday, only six Biman flights left for Saudi Arabia. As many as 25 of the total 144 Hajj flights have been cancelled so far as pilgrims failed to board due to various complications. Of them, Biman called off 21 and Saudi Arabian Airlines four. The cancelled flights, which could have carried about 11,000 pilgrims to Jeddah, amount to a loss of Tk44 crores in revenue.
10th July 2017
Biman Bangladesh Airlines (BG, Dhaka) has extended an ACMI contract with Wamos Air (EB, Madrid Barajas) involving the lease of A330-200 EC-MJS (msn 265).
Airline Route indicates that whereas the Bangladeshi carrier had intended to only use the aircraft for a brief June-July 2017 period, it has now chosen to use it for the duration oof the winter 2017/18 season running through until March 2018.
Since the start of the contract on June 15, Biman has deployed the aircraft on regular flights to Sylhet, Chittagong, Kuwait, and Doha Hamad Int'l.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines announced it was extending its ACMI contract with Wamos Air involving the lease of A330-200 EC-MJS
The Bangladeshi carrier had intended to only use the aircraft for a brief June-July 2017 period, it has now chosen to use it for the duration oof the winter 2017/18 season running through until March 2018. Since the start of the contract on June 15, Biman has deployed the aircraft on regular flights to Sylhet, Chittagong, Kuwait, and Doha Hamad Int'l.
12th April 2017
Biman Bangladesh Airlines has outlined a provisional list of planned intercontinental destinations it is considering serving in the future.
The Bangladeshi carrier plans to serve Sydney Kingsford Smith (via Singapore Changi), Tokyo Narita, Guangzhou, Colombo Int'l, Malé, Bahrain Int'l, Rome Fiumicino, New York JFK via Manchester Int'l and Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok.
Biman Bangladesh Airline's Bihanga magazine shows an ambitious future destinations map. This will be Biman's first foray into the US market since 2006. Biman also apparently plans to add a Sydney leg to its Singapore flight, which it currently operates 6 x weekly.
4th April 2017
Binman bangladesh airlines given "Excellent on Time Performance 2016" Award by the Malaysian Airlines Authority for its cabin dressing and in-flight quality of meals.