Royal Bengal Airline

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Royal Bengal Airline
Royal Bengal Airline Logo.png
IATA ICAO Callsign
Founded30 May 2006 (2006-05-30)
United Kingdom
Commenced operations31 January 2008 (2008-01-31)
Ceased operations2009
Fleet size1
Company sloganThe Journey Begins Here
We Fly For You
Parent companyAviana Airways Ltd
HeadquartersLondon, United Kingdom
Key peopleA. K. Choudhury (Chairman)

Aviana Airways Ltd operating as Royal Bengal Airlines was[1] a dormant airline that operated flights in Bangladesh. The carrier, headquartered in London, was wholly owned by R B Airline UK Ltd.[2]


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.[3] 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.[4][5]

The airline has been founded on the basis of providing direct flights to Osmani International Airport in Sylhet from the United Kingdom. The company slogan on initial launch was "The Journey Begins Here". However, the Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh has yet to confirm that Royal Bengal Airlines (or any other airline) will be given access to this lucrative route.

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.[6] 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.[7]

The airline officially launched commercial operations on 31 January 2008 and went out of business since.[1]


Royal Bengal Airline initially operated three domestic scheduled services a day, between Dhaka and Chittagong and between Dhaka and Sylhet.[8] By September 2009, service to Sylhet had been suspended and service between Dhaka and Cox's Bazar had been added.[9]


Royal Bengal Airline operated one Bombardier Dash 8-102A medium range turboprop airliner seating 37 passengers. It took delivery of the aircraft, purchased from Cirrus Airlines, on 2 October 2007.[2][10][11]


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  2. ^ a b "Bangladesh gets fourth private passenger airline". The Economic Times. 13 October 2007.
  3. ^ "Flight Plan". The Sunday Times. London. 4 March 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-03-07.
  4. ^ "Royal Bengal Airlines plans routes to Dhaka". CheapFlights. 23 February 2007. Archived from the original on 2007-02-26.
  5. ^ "British Bangladeshis launch Manchester to Dhaka link". The Asian News. Guardian Media Group. 22 February 2007. Archived from the original on 2008-09-07.
  6. ^ "Flying high to Dhaka". BBC News. 2 June 2007.
  7. ^ "Royal Bengal Airlines plans flights to Dhaka from Stansted, Birmingham and Manchester". UK Airport News. 24 February 2007. Archived from the original on 20 March 2007.
  8. ^ "Fourth private airline takes off". The Daily Star. 1 February 2008. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  9. ^ Leung, Mikey; Meggitt, Belinda (21 September 2009). Bangladesh (First ed.). Bradt Travel Guides. p. 108. ISBN 978-1-84162-293-4.
  10. ^ "World Airliner Census 2008". Flight International. Flightglobal. 19 August 2008. Retrieved 9 February 2016.
  11. ^ "World Airliner Census 2009". Flight International. Flightglobal. 18 August 2009. Retrieved 9 February 2016.