Biman Bangladesh Airlines destinations

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A Biman Bangladesh Airlines Boeing 777-300ER on short final to London Heathrow Airport in 2014.

Biman Bangladesh Airlines was established in January 1972 as the Bangladeshi flag carrier.[1] Operations started on 4 February 1972, initially on a domestic basis and using DC-3 equipment, with services radiating from Dhaka to Chittagong, Jessore and Sylhet.[2] International operations started on 4 March the same year, covering the London–Dhaka route on a charter basis under a sub-contract agreement with British Caledonian.[3] From 1 January 1973 the same route, serving Gatwick Airport, started being operated by Donaldson International Airways on Biman's behalf.[2] With a stopover in Bahrain, services to London in Biman's own right started on 19 June 1973,[4] initially with a leased Boeing 707.[5] By March 1975 (1975-03), the domestic route network comprised Chittagong, Comilla, Cox's Bazar, Ishurdi, Jessore, Sylhet and Thakurgaon and international services to Bangkok, Calcutta, Dubai, Kathmandu, and London were also provided.[6] Frankfurt was first served in 1986.[7]

The carrier's international network comprised 26 destinations in March 2005 (2005-03),[8] but in 2006 services to some of them were discontinued owing to financial problems, starting with New York City in August that year,[9] followed by Brussels, Frankfurt, Mumbai, Paris, Tokyo and Yangon.[10][11] Frankfurt was resumed in late March 2014 (2014-03);[12][13] the service proved economically unviable and the destination was again removed from the route network in October the same year.[14] Flights to Rome were suspended in April 2015 (2015-04).[15]

As of March 2015, the airline served 21 cities in 15 countries, across Asia and Europe.[16][17]

List[edit]

Following is a list of destinations the carrier flies to according to its scheduled services, as of March 2015.[16][17] Terminated destinations are also listed.

Country City Airport Notes Refs
Bahrain Manama Bahrain International Airport Terminated [18]
Bangladesh Barisal Barisal Airport [19]
Bangladesh Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport [16]
Bangladesh Comilla Comilla STOLport[nb 1] Terminated [1]
Bangladesh Cox's Bazar Cox's Bazar Airport [19]
Bangladesh Dhaka Shahjalal International Airport Hub [16]
Bangladesh Ishurdi Ishurdi STOLport Terminated [1]
Bangladesh Jessore Jessore Airport [19]
Bangladesh Rajshahi Shah Makhdum Airport [19]
Bangladesh Saidpur Saidpur Airport [19]
Bangladesh Sylhet Osmani International Airport [16]
Bangladesh Thakurgaon Thakurgaon STOLport Terminated [1]
Belgium Brussels Brussels Airport Terminated [18]
Burma Yangon Yangon International Airport [16]
France Paris Orly Airport Terminated [18]
Germany Frankfurt Frankfurt Airport Terminated [12][14]
Greece Athens Ellinikon International Airport Terminated [1]
Hong Kong Hong Kong Hong Kong International Airport Terminated [1]
India Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport Terminated [1]
India Kolkata Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport [16]
India Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport Terminated [18]
Iraq Baghdad Baghdad International Airport Terminated [20]
Italy Milan Malpensa Airport Terminated [21]
Italy Rome Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino Airport Terminated [22]
Japan Nagoya Chūbu Centrair International Airport Terminated [23]
Japan Tokyo Narita Airport Terminated [18]
Kuwait Kuwait City Kuwait International Airport [16]
Libya Tripoli Tripoli International Airport Terminated [24]
Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur International Airport [16]
Nepal Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport [16]
Netherlands Amsterdam Amsterdam Airport Schiphol Terminated [1]
Oman Muscat Muscat International Airport [16]
Pakistan Karachi Jinnah International Airport Terminated [18]
Qatar Doha Doha International Airport[nb 2] Terminated [26]
Qatar Doha Hamad International Airport [16]
Saudi Arabia Dammam King Fahd International Airport [16]
Saudi Arabia Dhahran Dhahran International Airport Terminated [23]
Saudi Arabia Jeddah King Abdulaziz International Airport [16]
Saudi Arabia Riyadh King Khalid International Airport [16]
Singapore Singapore Singapore Changi Airport [16]
Thailand Bangkok Don Mueang International Airport[nb 3] Terminated [1]
Thailand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport [16]
United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi Abu Dhabi International Airport [16]
United Arab Emirates Dubai Dubai International Airport [16]
United Arab Emirates Sharjah Sharjah International Airport Terminated [27]
United Kingdom London London Heathrow Airport [16]
United Kingdom Manchester Manchester Airport Terminated [28]
United States New York City John F. Kennedy International Airport Terminated [18]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ STOLport is an acronym for Short Takeoff and Landing Port
  2. ^ All traffic activity at Doha was taken over by Hamad International Airport in 2014.[25]
  3. ^ Most international traffic at Bangkok was taken over by Suvarnabhumi Airport in 2006

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i "World Airline Survey – Bangladesh Biman". Flight International: 1349. 28 April 1979. Archived from the original on 12 January 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  2. ^ a b "World Airline Survey – Bangladesh Biman". Flight International: 446. 22 March 1973. Archived from the original on 12 January 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Air Transport". Flight International: 373. 16 March 1972. Archived from the original on 12 January 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2013. Bangladesh Biman, new national carrier of Bangladesh, began operating London-Dacca charter services by subcontract to British Caledonian on March 4. 
  4. ^ "Airlines updated". Flight International: 85. 19 July 1973. Archived from the original on 6 June 2012. Retrieved 6 June 2012. Bangladesh Biman opened a weekly service from Dacca to London via Bahrain on June 19, using a 707 leased from a division of Templewood Aviation. 
  5. ^ "Bangladesh to London". Flight International: 6. 5 July 1973. Archived from the original on 12 January 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2013. Bangladesh Biman last month inagurated its first service to London, from Dacca via Bahrain. Until its 707-320C is delivered in December the airline is using a 707–331 [sic] leased from Tempair International. 
  6. ^ "World airline directory – Bangladesh Biman (National Airlines of Bangladesh)". Flight International 108 (3445): 475. 20 March 1975. Archived from the original on 10 December 2013. 
  7. ^ Islam, Shariful (31 March 2014). "Biman flies to Frankfurt again". The Daily Star.  Archived 18 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  8. ^ "Bangladesh Biman Plans Fleet Renewal". Airwise News. Reuters. 24 March 2005. Archived from the original on 12 January 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  9. ^ "Biman Bangladesh Cuts Flights Because of Cash Woes". Airwise News. Reuters. 28 August 2006. Archived from the original on 12 January 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  10. ^ "Biman Bangladesh To Receive Boeings From 2011". Airwise News. Reuters. 9 May 2010. Archived from the original on 12 January 2013. Retrieved 12 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "2 more aircraft to board Biman fleet". bdnews24.com. 4 November 2008. Archived from the original on 25 June 2014. The national airline was forced to halt its flights to New York, Paris, Tokyo, Frankfurt, Brussels, Yangon and Mumbai in 2006 due to a shortage of funds and aircraft. 
  12. ^ a b "New Dhaka-Frankfurt service". Biman Bangladesh Airlines. Archived from the original on 24 June 2014. Biman Bangladesh Airlines celebrated its inaugural flight to Frankfurt on March 31, 2014 at the Frankfurt Airport. 
  13. ^ Islam, Shariful (7 April 2014). "Biman resumes Frankfurt flight after 8 years". The Daily Star.  Archived 18 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  14. ^ a b "Biman flies to London 4 times a week". The Daily Star. 1 November 2014.  Archived 4 November 2014 at the Wayback Machine.
  15. ^ "Biman plans to expand network". The Daily Star. 9 April 2015.  Archived 9 May 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  16. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t "Destination Map". Biman Bangladesh Airlines.  Archived 2 March 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  17. ^ a b "Flight Schedule". Biman Bangladesh Airlines. Retrieved 3 November 2014. 
  18. ^ a b c d e f g "World Airline Directory – Biman Bangladesh Airlines". Flight International: 54. 1–7 April 1998. Archived from the original on 12 January 2013. 
  19. ^ a b c d e "Biman to resume flying on 5 domestic routes from Apr 6". bdnews24.com. 19 February 2015.  Archived 2 March 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  20. ^ The History of Biman Bangladesh Airlines. Jatree. Page 7. Biman Bangladesh Airlines. January–March 1987.
  21. ^ "BIMAN Bangladesh Suspends Italy Service Sep/Oct 2012". Airline Route. 21 August 2012. Archived from the original on 25 June 2014. 
  22. ^ "BIMAN Ends Rome Operation from April 2015". Airline Route. 18 March 2015.  Archived 9 May 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  23. ^ a b "History". Biman Bangladesh Airlines. Retrieved 9 March 2014. 
  24. ^ Parvez, Sohel (21 April 2009). "Biman may resume Tripoli flights". The Daily Star. Archived from the original on 9 September 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  25. ^ "Hamad International Airport announces five additional airlines to begin operations from new aviation hub this week" (PDF) (Press release). Hamad International Airport. 12 May 2014.  Archived 8 March 2015 at the Wayback Machine.
  26. ^ Paylor, Anne (12 May 2014). "Qatar Airways to move to Hamad International Airport on May 27". Air Transport World. Archived from the original on 13 May 2014. 
  27. ^ "Winter 1991-1992 Time Table". Biman Bangladesh Airlines. Retrieved 20 September 2014. 
  28. ^ "Biman may sue after US FAA bars DC-10". Flightglobal. Flight International. 23 May 2006. Archived from the original on 19 July 2013.