Biman Bangladesh Airlines (Biman) is purchasing two more Dash-8 Q400 regional passenger aircraft for its domestic operations.
The national airlines of Bangladesh finalised the decision to purchase the two aircraft on 2 March to augment its fleet of Dash 8 aircraft to six units by 2022. The deal has already been finalised with De Havilland of Canada with the deliveries scheduled to commence next year.
Earlier the national carrier purchased three aircraft of the same model with deliveries to be completed by June of this year.
Currently Biman is forced to use its Boeing 737-800 regional jet airliners for domestic routes leading to operating losses. The smaller 80 passenger capacity Dash 8 aircraft will enable Biman to save costs while increasing connectivity between domestic routes of Bangladesh.
Dhaka is used as a hub for transiting between domestic routes however in future Biman is set to operate flights directly from Jashore to Chattogram to Cox’s Bazar.
By the end of 2020 the Biman fleet will be a modest 20 aircraft however the aircraft are all new. Biman’s on time arrival averages also jumped to over 98% making it a leader at least in the Asian airline industry standards.
The national airline has plans to expand its fleet to 50 aircraft by 2030. It is planning to introduce aircraft from Airbus also to boost its inventory.
Currently Biman operates in 24 national and international destinations. It commenced operations on 4 February 1972. It made a profit of $32 million in FY 2018-19. It has hubs in Dhaka, Chittagong and Sylhet.