US-Bangla Airlines

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US-Bangla Airlines
Logo of US Bangla Airlines.jpg
IATA ICAO Callsign
BS UBG BANGLA STAR
Founded2010[1]
Commenced operations17 July 2014
HubsShahjalal International Airport
Focus citiesShah Amanat International Airport
Fleet size9
Destinations16
Company sloganFly Fast - Fly Safe
Parent companyUS-Bangla Group[2]
HeadquartersDhaka, Bangladesh[3]
Key peopleAbdullah Al Mamun (MD), Imran Asif (CEO)
Websiteusbair.com

US-Bangla Airlines is a privately owned Bangladeshi airline headquartered in Dhaka and based at Shahjalal International Airport.[2][4]

History[edit]

US-Bangla Airlines commenced operations with domestic flights on 17 July 2014.[4] It is a subsidiary of US-Bangla Group, a United States-Bangladesh joint venture company.[2] Initially, the airline launched two domestic destinations, Chittagong and Jessore from its hub in Dhaka.[4] Flights to Cox's Bazar from Dhaka were launched in August. In October, the airline launched flights to Saidpur.[5]

In July 2016, the airline announced plans to phase in its first three Boeing 737-800 aircraft in September of the same year, and to subsequently launch new international routes, for example to Singapore and Dubai.[6] The airline started flights from Dhaka to Chennai (via Chittagong) on 31 March 2019 becoming first Bangladeshi airline carrier to operate flights to Southern India.[7]

Corporate affairs[edit]

Its headquarters are in the Baridhara Diplomatic Zone in Dhaka. Its India office is in Bowbazar, Kolkata. Its United States offices are in Bangladesh Plaza in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York City. Its Canada offices are in East York, Toronto. Its Thailand office is in Watthana District, Bangkok.[8]

Destinations[edit]

As of March 2018, US-Bangla Airlines serves the following domestic and international destinations:[9] The airline announced it would start flights to Dubai-International and Dammam soon.[10]

Country City Airport Notes/Ref.
 Bangladesh Dhaka Shahjalal International Airport Hub
Chittagong Shah Amanat International Airport Focus city
Jessore Jessore Airport
Cox's Bazar Cox's Bazar Airport
Saidpur Saidpur Airport
Sylhet Osmani International Airport
Rajshahi Shah Makhdum Airport
Barisal Barisal Airport
 China Guangzhou Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport [11]
 India Kolkata Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport
Chennai Chennai International Airport [12]
 Malaysia Kuala Lumpur Kuala Lumpur International Airport [13]
 Oman Muscat Muscat International Airport
 Qatar Doha Doha Hamad International Airport [14]
 Singapore Singapore Singapore Changi Airport
 Thailand Bangkok Suvarnabhumi Airport [15]
   Nepal Kathmandu Tribhuvan International Airport [16] Terminated
 Saudi Arabia Dammam King Fahd International Airport Begin in September 2019

Fleet[edit]

US-Bangla Airlines Bombardier Q400

As of April 2019, US-Bangla Airlines fleet consists of the following aircraft:[17][18]

US-Bangla Airlines Fleet
Aircraft In service Orders Passengers Notes
C Y Total
ATR 72-600 2 1 - 72 72
Boeing 737-800 4 3 8 156 164
Boeing 737 MAX 8 - 1 - - -
Bombardier Dash 8 Q400 3 3 76 76
Total 9 8

Accidents and incidents[edit]

On 12 March 2018, US-Bangla Airlines Flight 211, a Bombardier Dash 8 Q-402 with registration S2-AGU, crashed while landing at Tribhuvan International Airport, killing 52 of the 71 people on board.[19][20] The final accident report, published on 27 January 2019, concluded that "the probable cause of the accident is due to pilot's failure to understand the situation and handle the aircraft. Due to which the aircraft crashed"[21][22].

On 26 September 2018, US-Bangla Airlines Flight 141 , a Boeing 737-800 with registration S2-AGA took off from Dhaka airport at 11:30am with 164 passengers and seven crew members on board. It was scheduled to land at the Cox’s Bazar Airport at 12:30pm.

The pilot circled for some time in Cox's Bazar as its nose wheel got stuck. US-Bangla Airlines General Manager (Marketing support and PR) Md Kamrul Islam said the pilot contacted Shah Amanat International Airport officials after noticing some technical problems. The pilot then put the Boeing 737-800 on a holding pattern over Chattogram to burn off fuel so that it was lighter while landing and fire risks were reduced. The plane eventually touched down at 1:18pm.People on the ground took photos and video clips of the landing and posted them on social media. The footages show that after the plane's main landing gears touched down, the pilot held the nose of the plane up for a long time. He eventually had to gently put down the nose, with no landing gear, a few hundred metres before the aircraft stopped. Emergency vehicles that had been following the plane since touch down reached the spot in moments.

Some passengers received minor injuries as they tried to come out from the craft hurriedly. Pilot Captain Mohammad Zakaria told that like any other pilot, he received training on managing emergency situations.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "US-Bangla Airlines Fleet Details and History". www.planespotters.net.
  2. ^ a b c "About Us". US-Bangla Group. Archived from the original on 6 June 2016.
  3. ^ "Contact Us". US-Bangla Airlines. Retrieved 1 February 2014.
  4. ^ a b c "US-Bangla Airlines takes to the skies". The Daily Star. 17 July 2014. Retrieved 15 August 2014.
  5. ^ "US-Bangla launched Dhaka-Saidpur flights from Oct 2". The Independent. 27 September 2014. Retrieved 27 September 2014.
  6. ^ "US-Bangla to procure 4 aircraft". The Independent. Dhaka. BSS. Retrieved 17 July 2018.
  7. ^ "US-Bangla Airlines offers Dhaka-Chennai direct flight". The Daily Star. 20 March 2019.
  8. ^ Contact Us
  9. ^ "US-Bangla Airlines". us-banglaairlines.com.
  10. ^ "US Bangla Airlines rout map".
  11. ^ Lui, Jim (11 April 2018). "US-Bangla Airlines revises Guangzhou launch to late-April 2018". Routes Online. Retrieved 30 May 2019.
  12. ^ "Dhaka-Chittagong-Chennai flight scedule". US Bangla Airlines.
  13. ^ "US-Bangla flights to Singapore and KL from March". Dhaka Tribune. Retrieved 12 February 2017.
  14. ^ "US-Bangla airlines set to fly Doha". The Daily Star. 8 July 2017. Retrieved 29 July 2017.
  15. ^ Liu, Jim (27 March 2017). "US-Bangla Airlines expands international service in 1H17". Routesonline. Retrieved 27 March 2017.
  16. ^ "UBG211 flight crashed in Kathmandu".
  17. ^ "Boeing 737-800 fleet details".
  18. ^ "Dash 8Q fleet details".
  19. ^ "Nepal air crash: 49 dead as plane veers off Kathmandu runway". BBC News. 12 March 2018. Retrieved 12 March 2018.
  20. ^ "Death toll in Nepal plane crash rises to 51, Bangladeshi experts join probe". Hindustan Times. 13 March 2018. Retrieved 14 March 2018.
  21. ^ Tourism (PDF), NP.
  22. ^ http://www.avherald.com/h?article=4b5fa1cb

External links[edit]

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