Biman Bangladesh Airlines, popularly known as Biman, is the national airlines of Bangladesh. A member of IATA, it flies passengers and cargo to 18 international destinations in Asia and Europe. It goes to most of the destinations directly or via a stopover. Convenient transfer connections from Dhaka to regional destinations are easily available. Biman is reputed for it’s well-trained and dedicated crew with appreciable safety record.
Biman came into being on January 04, 1972 with a a gift of DC-3 aircraft from Bangladesh Air force. Presently Biman has two 737-800, four DC10-30, three A310-300 and three F28-4000 aircraft in it’s fleet. Biman is in the process of procuring more new generation aircraft such as Boeing 777-300ER, 787-8 and 737-800 for it’s fleet.
The airline’s Reservation and Departure Control System and other communication systems are fully computerized. Biman is now striving to make the airline more attractive to it’s valued passengers by fixing priority on providing more comfort and maintaining schedule regularity.
Biman does entire maintenance work on it’s F-28 aircraft. Biman is also doing C-check, D-check on DC10-30 and A310-300 in it’s hangar complex at Dhaka. Checks, repair and maintenance of one DC10-30, one wide bodied Boeing and two F-28 aircraft can be done simultaneously there.
In addition to it’s own aircraft, Biman’s ground-handling unit also provides support to Singapore Airlines, Thai Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Qatar Airways, Emirates, Kuwait Airways, Oman Air, Saudia, Gulf Air, PIA, Indian Airlines, Dragon Air, Druk Air, etc.at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport, Dhaka.
Biman Flight Catering Center (BFCC) has the capacity of producing 8500 meals a day and is providing cuisine not only to Biman but also to Saudia, Etihad, Malaysia Airlines, Thai Airways, Emirates, Dragon Air and China Southern Airlines.
Biman Bangladesh Airlines Training Center (BATC) has been training its ground, flight service and technical personnel to meet the growing needs of Biman’s manpower,. The center has also been turned into a seat of training and technical seminars for local travel agents and some foreign airlines.
Biman Poultry Complex, a subsidiary of Biman was formed in 1976 and was put into operation in November 1980 to create a profit earning concern to augment the cash flow of Biman. The complex is situated 40 km north-west away from Dhaka City over 75 acres of land at Ganakbari, Savar, Dhaka.