Biman Bangladesh Airlines is a Bangladeshi airline and also the national airline of the country. The airline is popularly known as Biman or in some cases Biman Bangladesh.
The airline's main hub is at Shahjalal International Airport (DAC) in Dhaka and it also operates flights from its secondary hubs at Shah Amanat International Airport (CGP) in Chittagong and Osmani International Airport (ZYL) in Sylhet.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines offers scheduled passenger services to over 20 destinations. It acts as the main link between Bangladesh and the rest of the world, linking Dhaka and Chittagong with major destinations across the world, including Delhi, Toronto, London, Riyadh, Dubai, Guangzhou and several other cities across Europe, Asia and the Americas.
The airline was founded in February 1972 after East Pakistan, now officially known as Bangladesh, gained independence from West Pakistan, Biman enjoyed an internal monopoly in the aviation industry for Bangladesh until 1996. The airline was initially known as 'Air Bangladesh', however, it was renamed 'Biman Bangladesh Airlines' shortly after it launched.
The is mainly known for its international flights, however, it does also connect cities within the country with domestic flights too. Convenient transfer connections from Dhaka to regional destinations are easily available.
As well as regularly scheduled services, Biman Bangladesh Airlines also flies cargo flights.
During and in the lead up to Hajj, along with other airlines in the region, Biman Bangladesh offers Hajj flights that are scheduled each year specifically for travelling to and from Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
Looking for flights within Bangladesh? Biman Bangladesh Airlines operates scheduled passenger flights to, from and within Bangladesh.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines flies to many destinations including London, Kuwait, Doha, Riyadh, Jeddah, Muscat, Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Kathmandu, Dhaka, Rajshah, Sylhet, Saioput, Barisat, Chittagong, Co's Baxar, Kuala Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok and more. Biman Bangladesh Airlines has hubs in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet.
Biman serves over 5 domestic and more than 15 international destinations across several countries in the Middle East, some destinations in South and South East Asia and in Europe. However, it has air service agreements with 43 countries in the future. Biman has been the only Bangladeshi airline allowed by the government to offer flights for pilgrims to King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED) in Jeddah.
|Canada||Toronto||Toronto Pearson International Airport (YYZ)|
|China||Guangzhou||Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport (CAN)|
|Hong Kong||Hong Kong||Hong Kong International Airport (HKG)|
|India||Delhi||Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL)|
|India||Kolkata||Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport (CCU)|
|Kuwait||Kuwait City||Kuwait International Airport (KWI)|
|Malaysia||Kuala Lumpur||Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL)|
|Qatar||Doha||Hamad International Airport (DOH)|
|Malaysia||Kuala Lumpur||Kuala Lumpur International Airport (KUL)|
|Nepal||Kathmandu||Tribhuvan International Airport (KTM)|
|Oman||Muscat||Muscat International Airport (SOH)|
|Saudi Arabia||Dammam||King Fahd International Airport (DMM)|
|Saudi Arabia||Jeddah||King Abdulaziz International Airport (JED)|
|Saudi Arabia||Medina||Prince Mohammad bin Abdulaziz International Airport (MED)|
|Saudi Arabia||Riyadh||King Khalid International Airport (RUH)|
|Singapore||Singapore||Singapore Changi Airport (SIN)|
|Thailand||Bangkok||Suvarnabhumi Airport (BKK)|
|United Arab Emirates||Abu Dhabi||Abu Dhabi International Airport (AUH)|
|United Arab Emirates||Dubai||Dubai International Airport (DXB)|
|United Arab Emirates||Sharjah||Sharjah International Airport (SHJ)|
|United Kingdom||London||London Heathrow International Airport (LHR)|
|United Kingdom||Manchester||Manchester Airport (MAN)|
Biman flies to all major cities, as well as numerous smaller airports, across Bangladesh:
|Barisal||Barisal Airport (BZL)|
|Chittagong||Shah Amanat International Airport (CGP) (HUB)|
|Cox's Bazar||Cox's Bazar Airport (CXB)|
|Dhaka||Shahjalal International Airport (DAC) (HUB)|
|Jessore||Jessore Airport (JSR)|
|Rajshahi||Shah Makhdum Airport (RJH)|
|Saidpur||Saidpur Airport (SPD)|
|Sylhet||Osmani International Airport (ZYL) (HUB)|
Biman Bangladesh entitles passengers to 30kg of checked baggage for Business Class, 20kg for Economy Class and 10kg for infants.
In Business Class, the 30kgs is limited to a maximum of two pieces. The sum of the 3 dimensions (length + breadth + height) must not exceed 62 inches or 158cm for each piece. The maximum weight permissible for a single piece of baggage is 30 Kgs.
In Economy Class, the free baggage allowance of 20Kgs is limited to a maximum of two pieces.
Each passenger is entitled to one piece of carry-on baggage, either a handbag or laptop with a maximum weight of 7kg in Economy Class and 10kg in Business Class. The sum of the 3 dimensions (length + width + height) should not exceed 115cm.
Web check-in is available from 24 hours before your flight up until six hours before.
For passengers wishing to check-in at the airport instead of online, or for passengers travelling a route that is not yet available for online check-in, they must report at the airport check-in desks. Biman advises that passengers should arrive at the airport 3 hours before flights.
Biman's Economy class offers an affordable fare, giving you the flexibility to decide which extras you need onboard.
When you select the affordable economy services you will discover everything in the price. You can also stay entertained with Bimans inflight magazine called the Bihanga offering information about Bangladesh. From September 2018, Biman Bangladesh Airlines brought out WiFi connectivity, movie and live TV streaming services. As of March 2017, the airline began offering new and varied meal and beverage choices in its flights, as well as special meals such as diabetic and children's meal packages, which gets reviewed every 3 months. All Biman's meals served on-board are Halal.
With Biman's s standard, passengers can recline in the airline's original seating. Biman has 2 large economy cabins on the 777 and 787-8, with seats in a 3-3-3 arrangement. The seat pitch is 32 inches and the seat width is 17 inches.
With business class, you can enjoy the highest comfort. Enjoy Biman's new Boeing 777 and 787 aircraft and its unique service with premium meals and beverages. Stay entertained with Bimans inflight entertainment system that has a range of movies available, as well as games.
Sit back and relax with maximum legroom in more spacious seating with a generous recline. Biman's Boeing 777s are arranged in a 2–3–2 configuration.
The airline has inflight entertainment installed on its long-haul aircraft. Each seat aboard the Boeing 787 and 777 aircraft have personal seatback inflight entertainment screens. The airline offers passengers the latest Hollywood and Bollywood movies and TV series to keep you entertained during your flight.
Biman Bangladesh does have Wifi facilities on certain aircraft within their fleet. On the airlines, Boeing 787-8 aircraft Wifi has been installed for passengers, with the first 10MB of data being free of charge. However, if you wish to purchase more data then this is possible. The prices for the various packages can be viewed once in-flight.
Food & Beverages
Complimentary food and beverages are provided by Biman Bangladesh on their long haul flights. Depending on the time of your flight you will receive an altered catering service. If travelling on one of the airlines morning flights then you will receive fresh juices, croissants with preserves and a light main such as an omelette. During afternoon and evening or night flights, passengers will receive a salad, main dish such as a fragrant lamb curry and dessert as well as complimentary drinks. All food onboard the aircraft is halal. Passengers travelling in a premium cabin will receive a special meal service.
Biman Loyalty Club members can 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, Europe - 5000 miles, Bangkok and Delhi - 1000.
There are three tiers to the frequent flyer program: Green Member, Silver Member and Gold Member.
Green Members: This is open and free membership for everybody with no minimum requirements.
Gold members: members receive the best seats on the aircraft and if possible an empty seat next to you. Advanced seating reservation can be chosen to allow you to select the right seat before check-in. In order to qualify for a Gold Membership, you need to have 75,000 miles per year. To maintain Gold status you will need to fly 75,000 miles. You will receive a Gold welcome pack with exclusive present and invitations to VIP events, new personal Gold card, two personal baggage cards and a welcome letter from the CEO.
Silver members: 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 personal Silver card and a letter from the CEO. To maintain Silver status you will need to fly 50,000 miles.
As of 2022, Biman Bangladesh Airlines operates a fleet of over 20 aircraft. Within its fleet, it flies:
Onboard the Boeing 787-8 aircraft, passengers with roaming functionality on their smartphones will also be able to call and text devices on the ground through satellite connectivity.
Biman offers a number of special services to its passengers. Please see below the following services it offers:
Wheel Chair facilities are available on both arrivals and departures but need to be requested at the time of reservation. You can request this service by getting through to the airline's offices; or the Alternative Airlines customer service team if you have booked through our website. For more information on this please see our wheelchair assistance page.
Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (DAC) is the largest airport in Bangladesh. Operated and maintained by the Civil Aviation Authority, Bangladesh, it is also used by the Bangladesh Air Force. Located in Kurmitola in northern Dhaka, it started operations in 1980, taking over as the country's sole international airport from Tejgaon Airport. It is the hub of all Bangladeshi airlines, including Biman Bangladesh Airlines, Regent Airways, Novoair and US-Bangla Airlines. Airlines that fly from and to Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport (DAC) include Etihad Airways, Emirates and many more.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines is currently not part of any airline alliances.
At the time of writing, Biman Bangladesh Airlines operates a fleet of 21 of the following aircraft:
However, airlines are updating and removing from their fleet frequently, so this can and will change in the future.
Yes, Biman Bangladesh Airlines is a safe airline to fly on. It's the national carrier of Bangladesh and is permitted to fly in most aerospace in the world, including the European Union, which is known to blacklist airlines from its aerospace if not safe. The airline has also achieved its International Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).