Biman Bangladesh delays launching of new Asian routes

Biman Banglades Airlines has delayed launching five new regional Asian routes, claiming they need to revise their business plan and also have a lack of available capacity.

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Biman Bangladesh A310 as due for retirement this month | Photo Copyright: Faisal Akram

The airline was set to start flights to Guangzhou, Colombo Int’l, Malé, Delhi Int’l and Hong Kong Chek Lap Kok as of this winter, following a board decision to focus closer on the regional Asian market as opposed to the long haul market. Also, services to Tokyo Narita were planned to begin during the 2017 summer season.

Biman’s CEO, Air Marshall Mosaddik Ahmed, told the Financial Express daily that a new study on feasibility will be conducted for their planned routes.

The airline previously examined viability of flights to Guangzhou, Colombo and Malé. However, the board recently concluded that the studies were outdated and should also be revisited.

The decision to put off the new route comes as they decide on the lease of new aircraft following the retirement of their A310-300 fleet from active scheduled service later this month. S2-ADF (cn 700) and S2-ADK (cn 594) are due for replacement by two dry-leased B737-800s. The five new routes are going to be operated with these aircraft.

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