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.
Binman Bangladesh Airlines has different rules for carry-on baggage and checked baggage.
You're entitled to one piece of carry-on baggage, either a handbag or laptop with a maximum weight of 7kg / 15lbs in Economy Class and 10kg / 22lbs in Business Class. The sum of the 3 dimensions (length + width + height) should not exceed 115cm / 45in.
Biman Bangladesh entitles passengers to 30kg / 66lbs of checked baggage for Business Class, 20kg / 44lbs for Economy Class and 10kg / 22lbs for infants.
In Business Class, the 30kg / 66lbs is limited to a maximum of two pieces. The sum of the 3 dimensions (length + width+ height) must not exceed 62 inches or 158cm for each piece. The maximum weight permissible for a single piece of baggage is 30kg / 66lbs.
In Economy Class, the free baggage allowance of 20kg / 44lbs is limited to a maximum of two pieces.
Binman Bangladesh has 2 different cabin classes. You can either choose to fly in Economy Class or Business Blass.
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.
What are Economy seats like?
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.
Business Class Facilities
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.
What are Business Class seats like?
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.
Binman Bangladesh offers the latest Hollywood and Bollywood movies that will keep you occupied during the journey of your flight.
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 you, 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.
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. If you are travelling in a premium cabin will receive a special meal service.
Online check-in is available 24 hours prior to your flight scheduled time. If you're unable to check in online then you can check in at the airport kiosk.
Online check-in is available 24 hours before your flight departure. Online check-in closes 3 hours before domestic flight departures and 4 hours before international flight departures. You can check in online on the airline's Web Check-in page.
If you wish to check-in at the airport instead of online, or if you're travelling a route that is not yet available for online check-in, you must report at the airport check-in desks. Biman advises that you should arrive at the airport 3 hours before flights.
Binman Bangladesh Airlines frequent flyer programme is called 'Binman Loyalty. Club'.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines has a frequent flyer program with tiered benefits, lots of special offers and mileage rewards earned on every Biman flight. Their program is called the Biman Loyalty Club.
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.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines is currently not part of any airline alliances.
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.
This service is available both at arrivals and departures but needs to be requested during reservation.
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.
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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. The airport is located in Kurmitola in northern Dhaka, which is 17km away from the city centre. Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport started its operations in 1980, taking over as the country's sole international airport from Tejgaon Airport. Its 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.
The airport has 3 terminals. Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 are within the same building and operate international flights (Terminal 1 located on the ground floor and Terminal 2 is located on the upper floor). There is also another terminal known as the Domestic Terminal, which operates domestic flights.
Biman Bangladesh also has a secondary hub airport in Shah Amanat International airport. It's the second largest airport in Bangladesh after Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, in the city of Chittagong. The airport is also a hub airport for Regent airways, US-Bangla airlines and is a hub for the Bangladesh flying school. Shah Amanat International Airport has has a capacity of 1.5 million passengers and 6,000 tonnes of cargo per year.
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.