GMG Airlines

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GMG Airlines
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded 1997
Commenced operations April 6, 1998
Ceased operations 2012
Hubs Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport
Fleet size 5
Destinations 5
Company slogan Explore
Parent company Beximco
Headquarters Plot # 1 & 3, Road # 21, Nikunja-2, Dhaka 1229, Bangladesh
Key people Sanjiv Kapoor
David Holleran
Asif Ahmed
Mizanur Rahman Siddique
Ashish Rai Choudhury
Shayan F. Rahman

GMG Airlines was an airline in Bangladesh. It was the country's first, and until recently, the largest private airline having been established in 1997,[1] with its head office close to Dhaka airport in Nikunja-2 Dhaka, Bangladesh.[2] It operated both domestic and international flights. Its primary hub was Shahjalal International Airport, located in Dhaka. In 2009 Beximco Group bought a major stake in GMG Airlines and had injected cash into it.[3]

On 28 March 2012, GMG announced temporary (seems to have become permanent) suspension of operations pending acquisition of new fleet. It expected to resume operations later in 2012 but has remained suspended well into 2016.[4]


GMG Airline was established in 1997 and started domestic operations on 6 April 1998. International services were launched six years later on 8 September 2004, with a service from Chittagong to Kolkata.

GMG began regular flights to Bangkok, Delhi and Kathmandu on 20 October 2006. It started services to Kuala Lumpur on 24 January 2007. The airline started its operation to the Middle East with daily flights to Dubai on 1 February 2008. In July 2010, GMG initiated flights to Jeddah and Riyadh.[5]

The airline also served Abu Dhabi and Karachi as well as domestic stations Jessore and Sylhet [6]

A GMG Airlines Bombardier Dash 8

In February 2008 the airline added a leased Boeing 747-300 to the fleet starting wide-body operations, this proved to be a White Elephant in an era which saw Global economic problems and an unprecedented peak in oil prices, thus causing a substantial loss to the carrier, the 747 was eventually phased out after just five months of service.

On 17 June 2009, the largest conglomerate of Bangladesh, BEXIMCO took a 50% stake in the airline, re-branding it and raising service standards to a higher level.[7]

On March 28, 2012, GMG announced they would suspend all operations in preparation for re-fleeting the airline. It expected to resume operations later in 2012 nut four years later, in 2016, the situation remains unchanged.[4]

2013, India provided a temporary maintenance and operational base at Kolkata. With no overseas assets, by 2014 GMG international operations consisted of flights Kolkata to Kathmandu only

According to CEO Sanjiv Kapoor "[GMG's] operations will be temporarily suspended with effect from Mar 30, as we await the delivery of new-generation aircraft, clear legacy issues, execute the rightsizing and organize ourselves better to take up the future challenges". GMG has stated it is planning to adopt a new business strategy in light of rising fuel prices and changing international competitive environment through a 360 degree restructure of its strategy, organization, fleet and business model. It will redesign its route network to focus on higher yield, higher growth domestic and regional routes using new generation narrow body aircraft.[8]


At the time of closure in March 2012, GMG were operating internationally to Kolkata, as well as domestic services between Dhaka and Chittagong.


As of March 2012, the fleet consisted of the following aircraft, though only the Dash-8 were operational at the time:

GMG Fleet[9]
Aircraft In Fleet Orders Seats Notes
Bombardier Dash 8 100 1 0 37
Bombardier Dash 8 300 1 0 50 In the new livery
McDonnell Douglas MD-82 2 0 150 In the new livery, ex Lion Air
McDonnell Douglas MD-83 1 0 153 In the new livery
Total 5 0

GMG previously also had one Boeing 737-800 (with winglets), one Boeing 747-300 and three Boeing 767-300ER, besides additional Dash-8 and MD-82/83, at different stages of the company's operational history.[10]


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