Tuesday, 17 May, 2022

Biman’s first Dhaka-Toronto direct flight tomorrow

Biman Bangladesh Airlines will operate its maiden direct Dhaka-Toronto flight tomorrow.

The announcement was made at a press conference organised by Canadian High Commission in Bangladesh at Pan Pacific Sonargaon Hotel in the capital on Thursday.

According to the press conference, the flight will depart from Dhaka at 11:30am (local time) on March 26 and arrive at Toronto Pearson International Airport the next day at 7:15am (local time), after flying nonstop for approximately 18 hours.

The return flight of the journey will leave the airport at 10:00am local time on March 30 and land back at Dhaka’s Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport the next day at 12:15pm local time. Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner aircraft will be used for

this flight. State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism Ministry Md Mahbub Ali addressed the press conference as the chief guest.

“Bangladeshis living in Canada have long been demanding a direct flight from Bangladesh to Canada. You will be happy to know that after completing all the process, we are going to operate the commercial flight on the much-awaited Dhaka-Toronto route for the first time on 26th March,” he said.

“The flight will be operated by ultramodern Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner. We hope to be able to launch regular commercial flights three days a week on the Dhaka-Toronto route from next June, once the technical work is completed. Biman's Dhaka-Toronto flight is a gift from the Prime Minister to Bangladeshis living in Canada,” the minister added.

The Canadian High Commissioner to Bangladesh Dr Lilly Nicholls, said, “It’s a very special occasion. Because we’re inaugurating the historic first direct flight between Dhaka and Toronto by Biman Airlines.”

She said that Canada has a long-lasting and diverse relationship with Bangladesh based on shared values, promotion of democracy, stability, protection of human rights, and respect for inclusion and diversity.

The High Commissioner also said that the two friendly countries have almost three-billion-dollar trade today and over a hundred thousand Bangladeshis live in Canada.

“So, the links between our countries are extremely important. This flight in that sense is a unique opportunity to expand our business linkages and our people to people ties,” she added.