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Biman takes 4 aircraft on lease for smooth Hajj sail

Sun Online Desk     16th May, 2018 01:33:38 printer

Biman takes 4 aircraft on lease for smooth Hajj sail

State-run Biman Bangladesh Airlines has inducted four aircraft in its fleet for the Hajj period to carry the pilgrims without any hiccup.


"One aircraft has arrived while three others will be coming very soon," Biman GM (Public Relations) Shakil Meraj told.


He said that of the four aircraft, two are from Malaysian Fly Global while two others will come from Egyptian Air Leaser.


Malaysian company will provide two Airbus 330 and these two have 300-seat capacity, while aircraft provided by the Egyptian company will be 777-200 with a capacity of 406 seats.


All the aircraf are coming under ACMI (Aircraft, Crew, Maintenance and Insurance) lease, which is popularly known as wet lease,fromJuly 14 to September 25.


Shakil Meraj said that Biman will carry the pilgrims mainly by its own 419-seated 777-300ER aircraft and the leased aircraft will be there as supporting planes.


"We will run the wet leased planes in our regular routes to ensure our on time departure," he said.


The Biman GM said that the airliner has asked its offices and agents to take 100 percent ticket money while taking booking.


"We are thinking to impose penalty if anyone does not fly with the designated flight," he said adding that the state run company does not want to lose its capacity during the peak season.


Biman Bangladesh Airlines lost Tk 40 crore in revenues as it cancelled a number of hajj flights last year after pilgrims failed to obtain visa from Saudi Arabian Embassy.


Established in February 1972, Biman is operating flights to seven domestic and 15 international destinations. Out of the international destinations, Biman operates to two destinations in the SAARC countries, four in South East Asia, eight in the Gulf and Middle-East and one destination in Europe.


Biman has 12 aircraft in its fleet including four 777-300ER, two 777-200ER, four f737-800 and two Dash8-Q400 aircraft.