Biman Bangladesh Airlines has added one more route to its Indian network – this time to Chennai. The airline has launched direct flights between Dhaka and Chennai becoming the third airline to do so. In this article, lets discuss about this new flight and route briefly.
Chennai by Biman Bangladesh
Bangladeshi flag carrier Biman Bangladesh Airlines has introduced a new route in its Indian subcontinent network. The airline today operated the inaugural flight between Dhaka Shahjalal International Airport and Chennai International Airport. On November 15, Biman Bangladesh Airlines announced that it will start thrice weekly flights between both cities. After 4 days of announcement, reservations were opened for flights on Monday, Thursday and Saturday. Aircraft to be deployed is a Boeing 737-800.
Today or say on December 16, Biman Bangladesh Airlines operated the inaugural flight on this route. Boeing 737 NG registered as operated the inaugural flight. Onboard the flight were 161 passengers. This route is famous for its medical traffic.
The airline chose 16th December for the inaugural flight to commemorate the Victory Day. As we honor the sacrifices made by those who fought for our nations’ freedom and independence, Victory Day holds a special place in our hearts,” said Biman’s CEO and managing director.
Lets have a look at the timings.
BG363 : The aircraft departs Dhaka Airport at 12:50 hrs and arrives at Chennai Airport at 15:20 hrs.
BG364 : The Boeing 737 departs Chennai Airport at 16:15 hrs and arrives at Dhaka Airport at 19:30 hrs.
At the inaugural ceremony, which was attended by the Chairman of Biman Bangladesh Board of Directors, Mostofa Kamal Uddin, the secretary of civil aviation and tourism, Md. Mokammel Hossain, and the executive director of HSIA, Captain M Kamrul Islam, all gave welcome speeches. Shafiul Azim, the managing director and CEO of Biman Bangladesh Airlines, also spoke.
State Minister for Civil Aviation and Tourism M Mahbub Ali said that setting out on a new path to Chennai is more than just spreading Biman’s wings; rather, it’s a joyous commemoration of the long-lasting friendship between Bangladesh and India on Victory Day, united with the nation’s victorious spirit.
Indian High Commissioner to Bangladesh, Pranay Verma was the chief guest in this ceremony. He said that the partnership and collaboration between both the countries has grown at a very rapid pace in recent years. Connectivity is one of the major growth factor in the transformation of this relationship.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines Managing Director and CEO Shafiul Azim said that the airline is in planning to launch flights to more destinations in India. This includes destinations like Bengaluru, Hyderabad and Guwahati.
On the Chennai route, apart from Biman Bangladesh, 2 more airlines operate. IndiGo operates 6X weekly flights with Airbus A320neo and US Bangla Airlines operates daily flights with the Boeing 737-800.
Currently, Biman Bangladesh Airlines is flying to 3 Indian cities – Delhi, Kolkata and Chennai. Apart from 4X weekly flights to Chennai, the airline is operating twice daily flights to Kolkata and daily flights to Delhi Indira Gandhi International Airport.
The airline use the Boeing 737 for Delhi flights while a mix of Boeing 737 and Q400 is in use for Kolkata flights.
With inputs from Dhaka Tribune