Published: 06:16 PM, 15 June 2023 Last Update: 06:17 PM, 15 June 2023
Biman Bangladesh Airlines is mulling to increase the number of international routes to 25 from the existing 21 to flourish its business.
As part of the expansion plan, the new route from Dhaka to Japan's Narita will be introduced from September 1 of this year.
Officials said Biman has 18 aircraft and there are three more on lease. In all, the fleet of Biman has 21 state-of-the-art aircraft to provide superior passenger service.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina herself named some of these aircrafts such as – ‘Akash Beena', 'Hangsabalaka', 'Gangchil', 'Rajhangsa'.
Shafiul Azim, Managing Director and CEO of Biman Bangladesh Airlines said Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman built this institution on January 4, 1972. The journey began in a DC-3 aircraft of the Bangladesh Air Force provided by the government. A Chittagong-Sylhet flight began on March 7, 1972 and Dhaka-Jessore flight took off on March 9.
“The plans of Biman are being implemented according to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's dream of making Smart Bangladesh. And as part of it, Dhaka-Narita direct flight operation will be launched from September 1,” Shafiul Azim told The Daily Samakal.
“There is a target to operate flights on 25 international routes. And for this, more than 100 smart cabin crew have been appointed.
Regarding Biman's profit in Dhaka-Narita route, Shafiul Azim said Biman Bangladesh Airlines is a profitable state-owned company. But we should not count profit all the times. The prevailing good ties between Japan and Bangladesh should be maintained.