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The flagship carrier and source of pride

Article - November 13, 2012
Biman Airlines, renowned for safety and comfort, has grown alongside Bangladesh since independence was won in 1971
Biman Bangladesh Airlines prides itself on being an ambassador to the world of business and recreational travelers alike. Despite difficult times in the aviation industry due to the global economic downturn, Biman has managed to remain strong in the face of adversity – a feat achieved thanks to the resilient nature of all things Bangladeshi. 

This year, Biman welcomes the addition of fabulous brand new carriers from their manufacturer of choice, Boeing. This ushers in a new era for the Bangladeshi flagship of comfort and security. Biman has always considered flight safety as its number one concern, which is why it is considered a reliable and trusted airline within the international aviation circuit.

As Biman enters its 41st year in service to the people and businesses of Bangladesh, it plans to open new routes, including a direct flight between Dhaka and New York City. “We want traveling to Bangladesh to be as seamless as possible,” says Muhammad Zaikul Islam, CEO and Managing Director of Biman. “Right now we’re operating direct flights from London to Dakar and once we start flights across the Atlantic, we’ll have the shortest route flying from JFK with one stop at Manchester.”
Biman also now reflects the ‘the digital Bangladesh’ initiatives by offering a flexible price viewing system through its website. This system, available for international flights, makes inquiries into seat availability and pricing much faster and easier.

It is not only the business or leisure travelers who have experienced the efficiency and standards at Biman Bangla-desh; in fact it has become the airline of choice for dedicated Haj pilgrims. Already, Biman has flown some 45,000 Muslims to Jeddah so that they might complete the journey of their spiritual life.

Government-owned, Biman has been an integral part of the country’s history. “We say that Biman was one of the first institutions started by the father of our nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, right after our liberation,” explains Mr. Zaikul. And though the airline remains small, it has good infrastructure, including a training center where crew, pilots, ground engineers and all other staff are trained.

In the four decades that the airline has been operating, the country has been hit by turbulence in terms of political instability and natural disasters, and yet Biman remains an example of the quality of service Bangladesh delivers and the hospitable nature of the people of this small but by no means insignificant country.