Royal Bengal Airlines was founded by members of Britain’s Bangladeshi community with the aid of the Bengal clipper restaurant in June 2006 and officially launched to the public in November 2006. It is the first airline to be owned and run by British born Bangladeshis from the Sylhet region of Bangladesh and will operate long haul routes between the United Kingdom and Bangladesh with stopovers in the Middle East.
By June 2007, the airline had raised GBP£5.5 million of investment from local businesses and stock brokers and had purchased two Dash 8-100 aircraft. Domestic services were expected to commence during summer 2007 with international flights from the UK expected by the end of 2007 from London Stansted, Manchester and Birmingham airports. The airline officially launched commercial operations on 31 January 2008.