Biman Bangladesh Airlines to operate from Manchester direct to Dhaka
12th October 2011
Biman Bangladesh Airlines Limited, the national flag carrier of Bangladesh, will commence services from Dhaka to Manchester this Winter.
The twice-weekly service is on sale now and will commence its inaugural flight on 2nd November 2011 operating on Wednesdays, arriving at 17.50 and departing at 19.20. On Saturdays, the aircraft will arrive at 18.55 and depart at 20.25. This will become the airport’s longest direct route at over 10 hours and the fastest route between UK and Bangladesh.
The Manchester – Dhaka service will be operated by one of the airlines newly purchased B777-300ER with a two-class cabin configuration, resulting in 35 business class seats and 384 economy seats.
Mohammed Salahuddin, Regional Manager for Northern UK at Biman Bangladesh Airlines Limited, said: “It’s a dream come true for both Biman and the large Bangladeshi community residing in the northern part of the UK. I hope Biman will fulfil the expectations of the British Bangladeshi community in the North by providing a quality product, with its new generation of modern aircraft and an improved ground and in-flight service. We’re looking to provide a better schedule regularity and ensure the highest standards of safety. By adding Manchester into its network, Biman has put itself firmly in the competition in the North, which has long been favoured by other airlines. We will be the only airline to operate non-stop flights between UK and Bangladesh from the 2nd November 2011.”
Biman Bangladesh Airlines has placed orders worth a total of US$ 1.4 billion for a further nine aircraft from Boeing including another three 777-300ER, four 787-8 Dream Liners and two 737-800NG. They are expecting delivery between 2011 to 2021 as a part of a global growth strategy and commitment to providing customers with the highest standards of comfort and reliability.
Andrew Harrison, Manchester Airport’s Managing Director, said: “The north west has always had a large Bangladeshi community so this is an important region for Manchester to serve, as well as it being our longest direct flight for Manchester Airport. Biman are injecting growth into their business and we are proud to have the first of many new aircraft operating from Manchester. We believe the two-class cabin will help to attract business to both Manchester and Dhaka and help bring new trade opportunities between the two cities.”
The airline will operate a triangular route with its inbound service stopping at London Heathrow and then flying onto Manchester. The outbound will run direct from Manchester to Dhaka.
Biman, a member of the International Air Transport Association (IATA), flies passengers and cargo to 18 international destinations in Asia and Europe and most of their destinations are served directly or via a stopover. Convenient transfer connections from Dhaka are also available to regional destinations.
2011 has been declared as the ‘Year of Tourism’ in Bangladesh making it the perfect time to visit the unspoilt beach of Cox’s Bazaar or to sample the panoramic lush green tea gardens of Sylhet, which is home to Royal Bengal Tigers of Sundarbans. Visitors can also see a large variety of local tribes and be able to sample the culinary delights of the country.
Biman have also launched a new website so passengers can access online bookings at www.biman-airlines.com. The new website allows passengers to plan and manage their travel more conveniently with the option of buying tickets on-line and be able to request added services.
For further information please see www.biman-airlines.com or call Biman Bangladesh Airlines in their Manchester office on 0161 228 6605.
Note to Editors:
- Biman came into being on January 4th 1972 with a gift of a DC-3 aircraft from the Bangladeshi Air Force.
- Presently Biman has two 737-800, four DC10-30, three A310-300 and three F28-4000 aircraft in its fleet.
- Biman is in the process of procuring more new generation aircraft such as Boeing 777-300ER, 787-8 and 737-800 for its fleet.
Published on: 12/10/2011 11:24:22